Important notice to our readers: WWQR is going open-access

We are pleased to announce that, beginning with the next issue of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review—the first number of volume 33—the journal becomes an open-access, online-only publication.

With this final number of volume 32, then, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review concludes its print run. Nothing else will change: we will continue to offer the same high-quality, peer-reviewed essays about Whitman, his times, his influence, and his cultural contexts, and we will continue to offer extensive reviews of work about Whitman, including the ongoing annotated "Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography."

Over the last few years, WWQR has been maintaining both a print version and an electronic version. During that time, we have made available all 32 volumes of WWQR's back issues online, where the articles are searchable and (except for the most recent year of the journal) freely available to everyone on this website. Most of our readers now access the journal online rather than in print, and fewer and fewer readers use the print version. Since the demand for printed copies has dropped, and since printing costs are very high, it is simply no longer feasible to continue issuing the journal in both print and electronic formats.

Subscribers to the journal will continue to enjoy full access to our current issue and to the entire thirty-two-year run of WWQR. Current subscribers, upon request, will receive an email notification when new issues are available online and will receive a PDF file of the entire issue in advance of its online release; contact us at wwqr@uiowa.edu if you would like to take advantage of this service.

As the international journal of record for Whitman studies, we are excited about making our content freely available to users around the world. Journals, even when online only, are still an expensive proposition, so "free" access comes at a significant cost to those who support us. We are extremely grateful to the University of Iowa Libraries, whose Iowa Research Online service funded the initial re-mediation of all of WWQR's print issues into electronic versions, and who continue to support and maintain the online platform for the journal. Over the years, WWQR has had (and continues to have) generous support from the University of Iowa Department of English, the Graduate College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. We extend our gratitude to all of our supporters, subscribers, and readers, and we look forward to producing an even more exciting and illuminating journal in the years to come.

“The American Literature Association is sponsoring a symposium on ‘The City and American Literature’ in New Orleans on September 10-12, 2015.”

Keynote Speaker: Ed Folsom, University of Iowa

ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources. The September 2015 symposium will focus on representations of the city in American literature. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject. Thematic possibilities include (but are by no means limited to): City on a Hill, the ideal city, the city as nightmare, the architecture of the city, the racial city, the city in science fiction, the city of crime fiction, the gendered city, the sexualized city, the city and economics, the city and reform, suburbia and the city, urbanization, alienation, community, the urban landscape, etc.

Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-2201

Hotel Rate: Special rate of $175 (plus tax) per night for a single or double room.

Conference Fee: $150 (Includes two lunches and three receptions)

Conference Director: Leslie Petty, Rhodes College

Please email all proposals to Leslie Petty
before June 30, 2015

Further information is available on the symposium website:

Call for Papers

American Literature Association

May 21-24, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts
Two Whitman Panels

1. Panel on Whitman and Social Theory

Leaves of Grass has long been a literary touchstone for ideas about nineteenth-century social formations of gender, sexuality, race, and class. Lately, though, Walt Whitman seems to be less a poet of social experience than a full-blown theorist of sociological issues like embodiment, socialization, object relations, crowds, and culture. This session seeks papers that examine Whitman’s studies and interpretations of social phenomena, and trace the subsequent uses of his work as a theoretical resource to comprehend modern social problems.

We are particularly interested in papers that (1) situate Whitman’s work in relation to the Social Science reform movements of the nineteenth century; (2) address Whitman’s engagement (direct or tacit) with contemporaneous social theorists, including Carlyle, Mill, Hegel, Fourier, Comte, Marx, Spencer, and others; (3) reflect on Whitman’s afterlives in social theory, how philosophers have applied his work as a conceptual model for theory; these might range from Whitman’s socialist disciples to Occupy Wall Street; Pragmatists to Neo-pragmatists, sexologists to queer theorists, etc.; or (4) place Whitman in conversation with contemporary social theory, around, for example, questions of human ecology and urban environments, biopolitics and affective labor, social relations in light of actor-network-theory, and so forth.

Please send one-page abstracts electronically no later than January 5, 2015 to Tim Robbins (timothy-robbins@uiowa.edu) and Ed Folsom (ed-folsom@uiowa.edu).

2. Panel on Whitman and the Civil War

For the sesquicentennial of the publication of Drum-Taps, the Whitman Studies Association is sponsoring a panel on this vital book. Papers are invited on any aspect of Drum-Taps, including readings of particular poems, readings that place Whitman’s book in the context of Civil War poetry generally, comparative readings to Melville’s Battle-Pieces, studies of the composition and publication of Drum-Taps, and studies of Whitman’s later attempts to merge the book with Leaves of Grass. Please send one-page abstracts electronically no later than January 5, 2015, to Ed Folsom (ed-folsom@uiowa.edu).

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.