Reading WD Howells (1837-1920) a Century Later (Panel)


American

Paul R. Petrie (Southern Connecticut State University)

Andrew Ball (Harvard University)

In the 100th anniversary year of William Dean Howells’ death, NeMLA will hold its annual convention in the city that hosted the Ohioan’s rise to literary success and cultural celebrity. From very early in his career, Howells’ literary achievement has been inextricably intertwined, for better and for worse, with his public reputation and cultural influence. Accordingly, this panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of Howells’ life, career, influence, and writing, including but not limited to his novels, short stories, plays, poems, travel writing, and literary and cultural criticism. Papers that situate their particular topics within the history and possible futures of the reading and study of Howells are especially welcome. The panel is offered in cooperation with the WD Howells Society.

In the 100th anniversary year of William Dean Howells’s death, NeMLA will hold its annual convention in the city that hosted the Ohioan’s rise to literary success and cultural celebrity. Howells’s literary achievement has been inextricably intertwined, for better and for worse, with his public reputation and cultural influence. Accordingly, this panel welcomes submissions on any aspect of Howells’s life, career, influence, and writing, including but not limited to his novels, short stories, plays, poems, travel writing, and literary and cultural criticism. Papers that situate their particular topics within the history and possible futures of the reading and study of Howells are especially welcome.