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2 PhD Studentships on Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Europe (£15,900-£22,300 including fees)

Applications are invited for two three-year studentships in the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, funded by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, as part of the work of The Papers of William F Cody project. We are seeking high-quality candidates with a good undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as American Studies, European Studies, French, History or Italian, and preferably also a Masters degree (completed or near completion) who have a native or near-native degree of fluency in either French or Italian.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to conduct research to doctoral level on an aspect of Buffalo Bill's Wild West in either France or Italy, under the supervision of Chris Dixon and Dr Mark Ellis. Suggested fields of investigation are:

  • Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Marseilles
  • A Comparative Study of Buffalo Bill's Wild West's Two Italian Tours (1890 & 1906)

We will, however, consider any relevant proposal for doctoral research on Buffalo Bill's Wild West in France or Italy that is sufficiently well developed by the applicant.

In order to apply:

  1. Please complete the online postgraduate application forms at
  2. Please also send your full CV, including details of two academic referees to Chris Dixon at the University's Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies. If you wish to propose a field of investigation other than those suggested, please include an outline of this (400 words maximum) with your CV. If you wish to discuss the studentships before applying, please contact Chris Dixon at the above email address.

Other funding opportunities are available for which candidates can be considered subject to their meeting the relevant criteria. For further information please see our website.

Closing date for applications: Friday 14 May 2010. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Wednesday 2 June 2010 and to attend the Buffalo Bill and Europe conference taking place at the University on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 June 2010). Click on application.

(Re)Constructing the American West—SAMLA 2010 (11/5-11/7)

In his essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau says, “We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure.” Similarly, in All the King’s Men, Robert Penn
Warren’s protagonist remarks on a trip westward, “For West is where we all plan to go some day.” Yet, Warren’s west is starkly different from Thoreau’s. The myth of the American West has provided a geographical space for philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers to interrogate, personal as well as cultural, ambivalence towards the promises of Manifest Destiny, the American Dream, capitalism, individualism, diversity, and community. As a result, the metaphorical nature of the American West has reached mythic proportions and is constantly being deconstructed and re-imagined.

Thinking about what Roland Barthes says about myth, that “it transforms history into nature,” this panel seeks to examine, through text and/or image, how the myth of the American West
has been challenged, transformed, recuperated, or reconstructed since Thoreau. Papers dealing with any aspect of the American West will be considered; but papers dealing with the convention’s theme—the interplay between text and image—are strongly encouraged.

Please send 250-word abstracts to Amber Estlund, Georgia State University, at by May 15, 2010.

For more information, visit SAMLA.


Western American Literature invites submissions examining the urban and suburban West in literature, film, television, memoirs, and other forms. We are interested in original work investigating the urban and suburban from a variety of critical perspectives. You might, for example, consider individual writers with a strong urban/suburban focus to their work, specific themes that reflect upon the increased urbanization of the West, place-based studies, environmental issues raised by sub/urbanism, or theoretical approaches that engage with and illuminate our perception of the topic (such as critical regionalism). Interdisciplinary essays and those taking innovative approaches to the topic are particularly welcome.

Your essay should not exceed 35 pages double-spaced, including endnotes and Works Cited. Please use endnotes, not footnotes, for substantive notes. Your manuscript should follow MLA style. All submissions are electronic to our guest editor, Neil Campbell, in Derby, England. Questions and submissions should go to directly.

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2011


University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
7-8 October, 2010

This international conference, organized by the research group REWEST (Research in Western American Literature: ), will focus on the different ways in which literary interpreters of the American West have shaped and reshaped traditional western imagery and themes. We would like this conference to offer as diverse and rich a picture of current research on the literature of the American West as possible. We particularly invite specialists of western American studies to consider the literary representation of the complex interaction between the mythic dimension of the West and its real historical, social, and cultural features. Papers can address a variety of critical issues in literary studies of the West:

- the role of "place", "space", and "region" in western writing
- the interplay between myth and history
- the construction and deconstruction of western stereotypes
- gender politics and power
- masculinity and cowboy mythology
- border landscapes and narratives
- race and ethnicity (multiculturalism, assimilation, exclusion, transculturation...)
- immigration and exile
- forgotten and neglected Wests
- the impact of globalization, urbanization, science, and technology on the West
- nature writing, ecocritical perspectives, and environmental concerns
- the popular West
- memory and (auto) biography in the West
- the New West
- class issues
- religion in the American West
- personal / regional identity (re/de)construction in the West
- the role of family and relationships
- the American West in non-U.S. literatures
- cultural transfers between literature and films...

Papers should not exceed 10 pages (2,500-3,000 words: 20 minutes’ delivery). Although English will be the official language of the Conference, papers in Spanish or Basque will also be accepted.

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Neil Campbell (U. Derby), David Fenimore (U. Nevada-Reno)
Confirmed keynote writers: Phyllis Barber, Gregory Martin

Please submit your proposal (300 words) plus a brief CV to the conference organizers by
April 30, 2010. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to David Rio (, including copies to Amaia Ibarraran ( and Martin Simonson (

Letters from Grass Country: Essays on the Contemporary
Poets and Poetry of the Great Plains
Edited by Mary K. Stillwell and Greg Kosmicki
Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2010

• Publication date: Fall 2010, perfect bound
• Scholarly or familiar essays about the poets of the Great Plains, their lives and their work
• Focus on new poets as well as established
• Cultural diversity strongly encouraged
• Interest in neglected poets of the region
• Broader essays about the influence of poetry and poets of the region—
culture, ethos, geography, history, etc. welcomed
• Submit Word 97 or new attachment by e-mail to
• For further info:


Journal of Sustainability Education

The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) is a new, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on critical issues of sustainability by cultivating educational research and practices that explore the meaning and necessity of living sustainably. JSE serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of the economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within
formal and non-formal educational contexts. JSE is an open access trans- and interdisciplinary e-journal. Each issue will include research and practice feature articles, professional and news reports of projects and initiatives, opinion pieces, announcements of educational and research opportunities, and book and other media reviews. JSE encourages submissions from educators active in a wide variety of settings: public and private K-12 schools; higher education; early childhood education; environmental, outdoor and experiential education; community organizing and education; residential and nonresidential treatment
and therapy programs; as well as informal and non-traditional educators.

For more information, or if you are interested in being a contributor or reviewer,
please contact .

High Country News recently published a feature story on Annie Proulx and her latest book Red Desert: History of a Place, in which the author takes an unsentimental view of Wyoming’s little-known and somewhat scarred Red Desert and shares her views on conservation, writing, and the future of the Desert. The story is accompanied by a slideshow of photographer Martin Stupich's images, narrated by Proulx.

You can find “The desert that breaks Annie Proulx's heart” here:

Access the slideshow “Invading the Silence” here:

Allan Tooley, a graphic designer from Great Falls, came up with the idea of inventing an imaginary town in Montana not unlike the ones described in Ivan Doig novels. He named it McKinley, Montana. Read the posts or submit a contribution. This is your chance at creating history.



It’s taken us a while to get to the Internet, but Prairie Schooner is now online! We don’t have much up yet, but you’re welcome to visit and have a look around. We’ve set up a blog at You can also visit our university-sponsored site,, or connect with us on Facebook at, where we have a Page and a Group.

Click here for Call for Manuscripts for Great Plains Research (pdf)


Boise State University is the recipient of a Hemingway-related research collection presented in memory of John Robert Bittner. Housed in the Special Collections Department of Boise State's Albertsons Library, the Bittner Collection consists of 300 research books on Ernest
Hemingway's life and writings, supplemented by works on the expatriate life of 1920s Paris, Spanish bullfighters of Hemingway's era, Hemingway's editor Maxwell Perkins and other Hemingway literary associates. Hemingway first came to Idaho in the 1930s to hunt, fish and
write in Sun Valley and died in Idaho at his home in Ketchum in 1961.

The collection was donated by Denise Alexander Bittner of Eagle, Idaho, in memory of her late husband, John Robert Bittner, a Hemingway scholar and award-winning professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bittner died of pancreatic cancer in 2002 at the age of 58. Professor Bittner assembled the
collection during the course of many years of research and writing about Hemingway. Additional material from Bittner's research and writings on Hemingway is archived in the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and the Ketchum, Idaho, Community Library. Bittner is buried 10 feet from Hemingway in the Ketchum Cemetery.

The collection was formally accepted and dedicated Sept. 8 in the Albertsons Library at a reception for family and friends of the Bittners. At the reception, Rena Sanderson, professor of English at Boise State, and Marty Peterson, a Hemingway scholar and assistant to the president of the University of Idaho, offered remarks about John Robert Bittner and his legacy to Hemingway scholarship.


Alan Virta, Head of Special Collections
Boise State University, Albertsons Library
(208) 426-3958


Routledge is proud to announce the launch of the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (ABES), a unique reference tool for those working in the field of English Literary Studies.

Routledge ABES is a specialised online bibliography providing annotated entries on all of the most significant research in literary studies published each year. It contains scholarly annotations on all the best new criticism, from which users can find out about a publication, how it might be of use to them, and whether it would be relevant to their work. 

The database is organised around eight key sections: Medieval; Renaissance and Early Modern; Eighteenth Century; Romanticism; Nineteenth Century; Modernism; Postcolonial; Contemporary Literature.

Routledge is currently inviting applications to contribute to the Contemporary Literature section. In order to maintain the distinction between ABES's postcolonial and contemporary coverage, this section deals mainly with writing from The United Kingdom and Ireland, Canada and the USA—though the critical studies represented can originate from anywhere in the world. The section includes work on both established and up-and-coming authors, and covers all the major genres of contemporary writing including fiction, poetry, drama, non-fictional prose, travel writing, literary theory, and life writing.

As a contributor to Routledge ABES you would be called upon to create annotations to some of the best new research in literary studies, helping to provide an indispensable guide for the rest of the literary studies community. Your work would be fully acknowledged, with contributors able to provide a short biography and a link back to their own website or profile.

Each section is headed by a dedicated section editor, who edits and oversees the records in that section. If you are interested in becoming a contributor to Routledge ABES, then please contact the Contemporary Literature section editor:

Dr. Christopher Ringrose
The Centre for Contemporary Fiction and Narrative
The University of Northampton
St George's Avenue
E-mail to:

For information about ABES itself, contact Sophia Blackwell at Routledge:

Western authors are featured in a new online literary magazine, THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP REVIEW.

The first issue contains an excerpt from David Guterson's new novel The Other and an interview with him, and pieces from WLA members Peter Donahue and Nicholas O'Connell, among other works of fiction and nonfiction.

For more information or to find out how to submit your own work:


The Southwestern Writers Collection (SWWC), a part of The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, has acquired the papers of author Cormac McCarthy.

McCarthy’s body of work includes some of the finest novels of our times. In 1992, McCarthy won the National Book Award for the New York Times bestseller All the Pretty Horses, and in 2006 he was given the Pulitzer Prize for his most recent novel, The Road. The recipient of numerous other awards, including a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “genius” grant), Cormac McCarthy has been highly praised from the very start of his career.

James A. Michener said of McCarthy’s first novel, The Orchard Keeper, published by Random House in 1965, “His use of words is remarkable, for he lures from them a very special music…. But what is best, I think, is his acute observation and his ability to describe things in new ways. The specific gravity of his writing is high indeed….”

No Country for Old Men, on which the recent film by Joel and Ethan Coen is based, was touted by Sam Shepard as “a monster of a book." In December, the movie was named best film of 2007 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.


The complete collection of McCarthy’s literary papers documents his entire writing career. At the core is correspondence, notes, hand-written and typed drafts, setting copies, and proofs of each of his eleven novels, from The Road (2006) back to The Orchard Keeper; also included is the draft of an earlier unfinished novel.

Additionally, the archive contains similar materials related to his work on the 1994 play, The Stonemason, as well as four screenplays, including “No Country for Old Men,” which McCarthy began as a screenplay in 1984 then adapted twenty years later as a novel.

In order to maintain the integrity of the Cormac McCarthy Papers, the Southwestern Writers Collection has contracted right of first refusal to purchase all future materials relating to work by the author, who is in the process of writing three new novels.

Typescripts of one play and two screenplays by McCarthy were previously donated by Bill Wittliff and McCarthy. These are photocopies of originals, signed by the author on the title page, and do not include annotations or edits. The play, The Stonemason, was published in 1994. The first screenplay, "Cities of the Plain" (1984), predates the publication of the novel by the same name by fourteen years. Both screenplays in this collection, "Cities of the Plain" (1984) and "Whales and Men" (n.d.) are unpublished.

Lead Archivist Katie Salzmann is currently creating the initial inventory for the Cormac McCarthy Papers and transferring materials into archival folders and boxes for permanent housing. She will then arrange and describe the McCarthy collection according to archival standards, in a manner most effective for research. The number of requests to access the collection is expected to be high once the processing is finished and the complete inventory (finding aid) of the contents is online, perhaps as early as this fall.

A room designated for the Cormac McCarthy Collection, will be located within the Southwestern Writers Collection on the Alkek Library’s seventh floor, and will be equipped for exhibits, study, and related activities.

Public events are being planned, and will be announced.

The Southwestern Writers Collection is online at

Texas Tech University

The Literature, Social Justice, and Environment (LSJE) initiative in the Department of English at Texas Tech University centers upon the most important developments in the study of the natural environment in literature. Students will revisit important texts in a new light—across political boundaries into bioregions—within environmental historical contexts. Students will have access to the Sowell Collection, which holds the papers of Barry Lopez, William Kittredge, Gretel Ehrlich, Annick Smith, Bill McKibben, Rick Bass, and others.

Click here for more information or contact

University of New Mexico Libraries and the University of Wyoming have partnered to launch a new regional resource: Rocky Mountain Online Archive. This extensive source of digitized information describes more than 2,000 archival and special collections from cultural institutions in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

CDP@BCR, formerly the Collaborative Digitization Program, which in April merged into the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), is nationally recognized for its digitization expertise, including training and best practices guidelines. For the Rocky Mountain Online Archive project, the Collaborative Digitization Program, then hosted at the University of Denver, provided training for regional partners in digital imaging and metadata capture and acted as the resource for EAD creation and project management for all nine Colorado libraries.

The Rocky Mountain Online Archives specialized guides, called finding aids, give detailed descriptions of the unique primary source materials located at 20 different repositories from the three-state area. Students and scholars can begin their research any number of ways. In addition to browsing by state, users can easily begin exploring the Rocky Mountain Online Archive by subject area. Within minutes of accessing the site, users can find descriptions of collections related to architecture, frontier and pioneer life, land grant and water rights, wildlife conservation and more. Now that these materials are online, the regional research potential of these collections has truly been enhanced.

In addition to the descriptive finding aids created for this project, three institutions in New Mexico have created new digital collections. Those collections, along with many others from Colorado and Wyoming, can be accessed via the Collaborative Digitizations Program’s Heritage West ( and Digital Collections hosted by UNM Libraries (

Thanks to generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies, and the University of New Mexico Libraries, the Rocky Mountain Online Archive is now available to the public at

Call for Submissions of Articles

The editor of The International Fiction Review invites essays on contemporary fiction by international writers, new and established, including minority writers. Equally welcome are essays on literary and narrative theory, comparative studies of world fiction, and surveys of contemporary national literatures or writers. Contributors are invited to explore all narrative forms in any interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and critical context.Please send submissions to the editor via mail or e-mail.


The International Fiction Review, now in its thirty-first year, is a reviewed scholarly periodical devoted to international fiction. It publishes articles and book reviews. The journal has a world-wide circulation and a diverse readership which shares an interest in fictions of other cultures and language groups. The journal is available online to subscribers at

RECENT PUBLICATIONS The Quest for Community in American Postmodern Fiction—The Politics and Poetics of Philippine Festival in Rosca’s State of War—International Fiction vs. Ethnic Autobiography—Oral Tradition and Modern Storytelling: Revisiting Chinua Achebe’s Short Stories—African Interests: White Liberalism and Resistance in Margaret Laurence—Early Precursors to the Egyptian Novel—Writing as Tea Ceremony: Kawabata’s Geido Aesthetics

For any further inquiries please contact the editor:

Christoph Lorey, Editor University of New Brunswick
Department of Culture and Language Studies
Fredericton, N.B. Canada E3B 5A3

Phone: (506) 453 4636; fax: (506) 447-3166; e-mail:



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