[Msa-discuss] Final Reminder: 2017 First Book Institute Applications due 2/13

SEAN X GOUDIE sxgoudie at psu.edu
Sat Jan 21 17:40:29 EST 2017


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June 4-10, 2017

Hosted by the Center for American Literary
Studies (CALS) at


Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for
American Literary
Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book

Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley
Professor of English
and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Editor of American

The stakes of successful publishing by
early career
professors are more urgent than ever given the current state of higher education
promotion and publishing.  Responding to
a glaring need in the field, the First Book Institute—celebrating its fifth
anniversary—features workshops and presentations led by institute faculty
at assisting participants in transforming their book projects into ones that
promise to make the most significant impact possible on the field and thus land
them a publishing contract with a top university press.  Eight successful
applicants will be awarded
$1500 stipends to defray the costs of travel and lodging.  

Applications to the First Book Institute
are invited from
scholars working in any area or time period of American literary studies who
hold a PhD and are in the process of writing their first book (whether a
revised and expanded dissertation or other project).  Applicants should
not have negotiated a
formal agreement of any kind with a press to publish their

Electronic applications, due by February
13, 2017, should include the following:

Application letter describing the project and
anticipated timeline for completion 

C. V.

Project abstract, including chapter summaries

Introduction or sample chapter 

Please send all application materials in a
single PDF file
(and any queries) to cals at psu.edu.

For more information about the First Book
including video testimony about the inaugural First Book Institute from the
participants and co-directors, please see:


Sean X. Goudie
Director, Center for American Literary Studies
Associate Professor of English
106 Burrowes
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-3945



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