International Whitman Seminar and Symposium 2018
The Eleventh Annual International Whitman Week Seminar. TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany 28 May – 3 June, 2018
Invitation for Applications to the 11th Transatlantic Walt Whitman Seminar
Founded in Paris in 2007, the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students, researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its 11th annual Whitman Week, consisting of a Seminar for students interested in Whitman and Whitman’s poetry, and a Symposium bringing together international scholars and graduate students. The Whitman Weeks started at TU Dortmund University, Germany (2008), and continued at Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France (2009), Università degli Studi di Macerata, Italy (2010), Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araquara, Brazil (2011), Szczecin University, Poland (2012), Northwestern University, Chicago, USA (2013), Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, Germany (2014), Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Germany (2015), University of Exeter, England (2016) and Université Paris-Est, Créteil, France (2017). Ten years after its founding, the Whitman Week is returning to TU Dortmund. To reflect the past ten years, a special invitation is extended to previous participants in the program.
Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass remains a landmark of modern poetry and world literature. Every year new editions of Whitman’s work are published in a variety of languages; an ever-expanding group of poets “reply” to him in their poetry; his poems are set to music and are quoted in films; he is invoked in the discussion of political and cultural issues, as well as of gender and sexuality; and he continues to be a huge presence in college and university curricula globally. In order to respond adequately to this international phenomenon, TWWA sponsors a yearly International Whitman Seminar, during which students from different countries come together for an intensive, credit-bearing course taught by an international team of Whitman specialists.
In the morning classes, focusing on some of Whitman’s major poems and selections from his prose, students will have an opportunity to confront Whitman’s books, share their readings of key poems and clusters, and discuss Whitman’s cohesive representation of human relations and his work’s international significance. Afternoon translation workshops will focus on the reception of Whitman in various countries, as well as the translation of his poems into different languages.
The team of international instructors of this year’s seminar were all formerly connected with TU Dortmund University, either as assistant professors (Jeanne Cortiel and Christine Gerhardt) or as Fulbright Professors (Betsy Erkkilä and Ed Folsom). Individuals interested in conducting a translation workshop are invited to contact the organizers.
Jeanne Cortiel, Professor of American Studies at Universität Bayreuth; author of Demand My Writing: Joanna Russ/Feminism/Science Fiction (1999), Passion für das Unmögliche: Befreiung als Narrativ in der amerikanischen feministischen Theologie (2001), and With a Barbarous Din: Race and Ethnic Encounter in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2016); co-editor of Religion in the United States (2011) and Sounds of the Future: Musical and Sonic Anticipation in American Popular Culture (2016).
Jeanne Cortiel was a Dortmund American Studies faculty member from 1994 until 2008.
Betsy Erkkilä, Professor of American literary and cultural studies at Northwestern University; author of Walt Whitman Among the French: Poet and Myth (1980) and Whitman the Political Poet (1996); co-editor, with Jay Grossmann, of Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies (1996); editor of Walt Whitman’s Songs of Male Intimacy and Love (2011). She is currently completing The Whitman Revolution: Why Poetry Matters.
Betsy Erkkilä was a Fulbright Professor at Dortmund American Studies in 2010.
Ed Folsom, Professor of American Literature at the University of Iowa; co-director of the online Whitman Archive; editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; author, co-author and editor of over 20 Whitman-related books, including, most recently, Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’: A Complete Commentary (2016), co-authored with Christopher Merrill, Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas: A Facsimile of the Original Edition (2010), Re-Scripting Walt Whitman (2007), co-authored with Kenneth M. Price, Whitman Making Books / Books Making Whitman (2005), and Whitman East and West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman (2002).
Ed Folsom was a Fulbright Professor at Dortmund American Studies in 1996.
Christine Gerhardt, Professor of American Studies at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg; author of A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World (2014) and Rituale des Scheiterns: Die Reconstruction-Periode im US-amerikanischen Roman (2003); editor of The American Novel of the Nineteenth Century (2017); and co-editor of Environmental Imaginaries on the Move: Nature and Mobility in American Literature and Culture (2016) and Religion in the United States (2011).
Christine Gerhardt was a Dortmund American Studies faculty member from 1994 until 2008.
International students will live together at no charge with Dortmund students, thus creating opportunities for meaningful intercultural dialogue.
Applications for the Seminar
Applications for the seminar should include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of interest, and a short letter of support from an instructor who knows the applicant well. All of these materials, including the letter of recommendation, should be submitted by e-mail to the Dortmund organizers, Walter Grünzweig (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Laura Kost (email@example.com) by February 1, 2018. If you have any questions about the International Whitman Week 2018, do not hesitate to contact the organizers at any time.
CFP: Poets That Came: Walt Whitman’s Creative Reception from Paper to WebSymposium at TU Dortmund University, Germany Friday, 1 June and Saturday, 2 June 2018
In his poem “Poets to come,” Walt Whitman addresses “orators, singers and musicians to come” to “arouse – for you must justify me – you must answer.” Throughout the world and throughout the arts, creative minds have enthusiastically answered Whitman’s call. Although anthologies such as Ed Folsom’s, Dan Campion's, and Jim Perlman’s Walt Whitman – The Measure of His Song have documented the pervasiveness of Whitman’s reception in American poetry and many studies exist for other genres and arts as well as other countries, no single symposium has as yet been devoted to the wide international creative reception of Whitman’s works – from poetry and prose, translation, painting and music, to film, advertising and the World Wide Web, in the U.S. as well as countries and languages in all parts of the world.
This symposium invites scholars and artists from all fields to contribute to this inter-arts and international phenomenon. As part of the symposium, a student research poster session for attending students on any topic dealing with Whitman is planned.
One-page abstracts of paper proposals should be sent electronically, no later than February 1, 2018, to all four symposium organizers:
Call for Papers: Walt Whitman and the Press
Whitman Studies Association panel at the 29th annual conference of the American Literature Association (2018).
From Walt Whitman’s early work as a journalist to (self)-representations of his life and writings in contemporary periodicals, America’s poet had and continues to have a complex relationship to the press. Whitman relied on and actively employed the press to bolster his reputation and celebrity status, used his position as editor and journalist to forward his political views, boldly voiced his ideas about the importance of a free press while also occasionally screaming “fake news,” and feuded quite publicly with newspaper editors, politicians, and administrators. This panel will be dedicated to examining any aspect of Whitman’s relationship to or portrayal within the press.
We are especially interested in papers that discuss: (1) Whitman’s ideas about the press and its role in the American Republic; (2) Whitman’s relationship with specific periodicals and journalists; (3) Whitman’s experimentation with journalistic genres and boundaries; (4) Visual or written portrayals of Whitman in the press (past or present), including those by Whitman himself; (5) The relationship between Whitman’s journalism and his poetry and prose; (6) The circulation of works by or about Whitman in the national and international press.
Please send one-page abstracts electronically no later than January 12, 2018 to the panel chairs Stephanie M. Blalock (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Stefan Schöberlein (email@example.com).
The conference will take place from May 24-27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA. For more information about the 2018 ALA conference, see the conference website.
Whitman Making Books / Books Making Whitman available
Ed Folsom’s catalog/commentary for the Whitman Making Books / Books Making Whitman symposium and exhibition held at The University of Iowa in 2005 is now available for purchase from WWQR. The book is 80 pages, with over a hundred full-color illustrations of Whitman’s books. Folsom’s commentary explores Whitman as a bookmaker, as someone fully invested in the creation of his books. Tracing Whitman’s career as a printer and bookmaker from his early years in New York to his final years in Camden, New Jersey, Folsom has created what Joel Myerson in a review has described as “much more that the record of an exhibition—it is a biography of Whitman that will stand the test of time.” “Reversing [the] usual perspective,” writes Myerson, “Folsom focuses on Whitman’s print career to tell us about his life, both internal and external,” and, “in so doing, he overturns many critical assumptions about Whitman’s writings.” The book was published by The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and a limited number of copies are available for $15 (includes shipping). Checks should be made out to "WWQR" and sent to: Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 308 EPB, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1492.