European Study Group of 19th Century American Literature

The European Study Group of 19th Century American Literature

aleaas19The American Literature EAAS Study Group on 19th-century literature was established in 2005 during the biennial EAAS conference in Cyprus. The annual meetings of the group offer an opportunity to develop a supportive and inspiring intellectual community, and a forum for the exchange of information and ideas leading to publications in the area.

Latest information

The ninth meeting of the European Study Group of Nineteenth Century American Literature was held at the University of Erfurt, Germany, September 3-4, 2015. The topic was “Science, Suspects, and Surveillance in American Detective Fiction by Metta Fuller Victor and Anna Katharine Green” -   A Workshop on The Dead Letter (1866) and The Leavenworth Case (1878)".

The seventh meeting of the European Study Group of Nineteenth Century American Literature was held in Bucharest on September 19-20, 2013. Wharton conference thumbnailThe topic was Edith Wharton's New York.
The conference venue was "Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti" Institute of Linguistics. The Institute, which functions under the aegis of the Romanian Academy, was also one of the sponsors. The other sponsors were the Paris-based research group FAAAM (Femmes Auteures Anglaises et Américaines), the Romanian Peasant Museum, and the State Jewish Theatre in Bucharest.

The conference convened participants from the US, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, and Romania.

You can download a complete report here (PDF doc, 836 Ko) 

The EAAS Nineteenth-Century American Literature Study Group's sixth workshop was held in Florence (Italy) in October 2012. The African American Review has expressed an interest in publishing 3-5 of the workshop presentations in a special section of their journal, scheduled to appear in Fall 2014.

Report on the Florence Workshop 2012 (pdf).

Information about previous activities appears below.

Participants from the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey took part in the group’s inaugural meeting organized by Prof. Magdalena Zapedowska and Kasia Kuczma (Adam Mickiewicz Univ, Poznań, Poland) in October 2006. This seminar focused on Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall, a bestselling novel by one of the most successful mid-nineteenth-century writers and journalists. The guest speaker was Marianne Noble (American Univ.)

In October 2007 during a second meeting at  Adam Mickiewicz University, the group examined Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wall-Paper as well as on her less known novels, Benigna Machiavelli and The Crux under the guidance of Prof. Cynthia Davis (Univ. North Carolina)

In 2008, Prof. Verena Lashinger and Prof. Ralph Poole organized the following seminar at Fatih University in Istanbul in 2008. Prof. Paula Bennett (Emerita Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) one of the leading voices on Emily Dickinson, moderated the meeting on "Humor in Poems and Parodies by Phoebe Cary."

Seminar Schedule

The group held its fourth seminar at the University of Paris X, Nanterre in October 2009, organized by Prof. Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour. The invited guest, Prof. Jeffrey Steele,(University of Madison, Wisconsin) offered a lecture on Margaret Fuller’s Poetics of Transfiguration which opened the floor for formal and informal presentations on various aspects of Fuller’s work Seminar Schedule. Contributions were made by Yves Carlet (University of Montpellier), Kimberley Engber (Wichita State University), Kasia Kuczma (University of Poznań), Verena Lashinger (Univ. Erfurt), Asun López-Varela (Complutense University Madrid), ¡ Mariana Net (Institute of Linguistics "Iorgu Iordan ‒ Alexandru Rosetti", Bucharest), Claude Safir (University of Paris VIII), Jelena Šesnić (Univ. Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia) and Antoine Traisnel (University of Lille III).

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain was the site for the fifth seminar organized by Prof. Asun López-Varela in Nov. 2010. Invited guests were Prof. Gary Williams (U. Idaho), Prof. Renée Bergland (Simmons College), Prof, Marianne Noble (American Univ.) who presented work on their anthology on Julia Ward Howe's The Hermaphrodite. Other guests included David Asenjo Conde (Universidad Libre Bruselas & Complutense Madrid), George Landow (Brown Univ.) Christopher Larkosh (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth),Sirpa Salenius (University of New Haven in Florence, Italy), Carmen Sandalescu (Radio Romania) and Steven Tötösy (Purdue Univ. Press) Seminar Schedule Prof. Sirpa Salenius is the organizer of the sixth gathering in Oct. 2012 at Florence, Italy. The invited guest is Prof. Farah Griffin (Columbia University). Other participants include Renée Bergland (Simmons College), Daniela Daniele, Kasia Kuczma (Adam Mickiewicz Univ, Poznań, Poland),   Verena Lashinger (Univ. Erfurt, Germany), Asun López-Varela (Univ. Complutense Madrid, Spain) Sonia di Loreto (Univ. Torino, Italy), Mariana Net (("Iorgu Iordan -Al. Rosetti" Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest, Romania) Stephanie Palmer (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Ausra Paulauskiene LCC International Univ Klaipeda, Lithuania) Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour. (Paris X / Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense), Ralph Poole (Univ. Saltzburg, Austria), Rina Ramdev (Delhi University-Sri Venkateswara College , India), Maria Holmgren Troy (Karlstad University, Sweden), CarmenSandalescu (Radio Romania), Jelena Šesnić (Univ. Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia), Brigitte Zaugg (Université de Lorraine, France). The topic is Negotiating Identity: Womanhood, Race, and Slavery in the 19th-century.


You can download the full-size version of this poster by Monica O'Doherty here (pdf doc, 7,7 Mo).

EAAS has generously supported the group activities with 6 bursaries of 200€ to help attendees. The group is very grateful for this support.

Country Representatives

Kasia Kuczma (Adam Mickiewicz Univ, Poznań, Poland),

Verena Lashinger (Univ. Erfurt, Germany)

Asun López-Varela (Univ. Complutense Madrid, Spain)

Mariana Net ("Iorgu Iordan -Al. Rosetti" Institute of Linguistics, Bucharest, Romania)

Stephanie Palmer (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

(Paris X / Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense) <>

Ausra Paulauskiene LCC International Univ Klaipeda, Lithuania,

Ralph Poole (Univ. Saltzburg, Austria)

Sirpa Salenius (Independent Scholar) Sirpa Salenius <>

Jelena Šesnić (Univ. Zagreb Zagreb, Croatia)

Publications of the group

E-Motion: Sentiment and Technology, Eds. Verena Laschinger  &  Ralph Poole. Fatih University Press. 2009.

Les réécritures du canon dans la littérature féminine de langue anglaise. Ed. Claire Bazin et Marie Claude Perrin Chenour Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. 2011.

Gender Intersex-ions in American and European Cultures. European Journal of American Studies, EJAS Eds.  Marie Claude Perrin-Chenou and Asun López-Varela. Forthcoming 2013.