A Letter from the President: New Leadership for the Frank Norris Society

Dear Colleagues,

For about fifteen years, Steve Frye and I have been at the helm of the Frank Norris Society.  It has been an honor to continue the work of the society that had been anchored by Joseph McElrath and Jesse Crisler for many years, and although Steve and I could not fill their very large shoes, it was a great pleasure to do what we could to make sure the Norris society remained a vehicle for ongoing scholarship of Frank Norris and American literary naturalism.  I want to personally thank Steve for all of his help over the years, and I want to thank all of the many Norris scholars who gave excellent papers at the panels sponsored by the society at the annual American Literature Association Conference.  We also want to thank all of the contributors who helped make ALN: The American Literary Naturalism Newsletter a great little journal during its 10-issue run.

Now, I’m very pleased to announce that new leadership is taking the helm of the society.  Starting now, Dr. Adam Wood of Salisbury University will be taking on the role of President of the Frank Norris Society, and Hannah Huber of the University of South Carolina will be taking over the role of Vice President.  Hannah, as you all know, has been serving as Executive Coordinator of the society for several years, and Steve and I will be eternally grateful for all of her help these past few years.  Adam and Hannah are outstanding colleagues—as all of you who have met and worked with them know—and Steve and I are thrilled to know that the society is in great hands going forward.  We are grateful for their service, and we are truly glad to know that not only will the society’s work continue into the future, but that the society will be in even better hands.  The future continues to be bright for the study of American literary naturalism . . .

Please join me in welcoming the new leadership team, and thanks for allowing me and Steve the great privilege to lead the society for so many years.

Naturally,

Eric Carl Link

President, The Frank Norris Society

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Announcing Frank Norris Society Panel, ALA 2019

The Frank Norris Society is happy to announce that it will sponsor a panel at this year’s American Literature Association’s 30th Annual Conference in San Francisco, which will be held May 23rd to the 26th.

Panel: American Literary Naturalism

Chair: Adam Wood, Salisbury University

  1. “’I don’t belong here’: Nella Larsen and Claude McKay as Innovators of Literary Naturalism,” John Dudley, University of South Dakota
  2. “Deviant Spaces: Sex, Art, and the Home in Frank Norris’ Vandover and the Brute,” Nicole de Fee, Louisiana Tech University

ALA 2019 Call for Papers

The Frank Norris Society will sponsor two sessions at the 30th American Literature Association Conference at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA, on May 23-27, 2019

Session One: Frank Norris
Papers on any aspect of Frank Norris’s work or life will be considered.

Session Two: American Literary Naturalism
Broader treatments of American literary naturalism (whether directly related to Frank Norris or not) will be considered.

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes.

Please email abstracts or papers of no more than ten double-spaced pages by January 15, 2019, to the program chair, Professor Eric Carl Link, at eric.link@ipfw.edu.

For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliteratureassociation.org. If you have specific questions, you may contact the conference director and Executive Coordinator of the ALA, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield of Georgia Southern University at carr@georgiasouthern.edu or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen, at ab23@princeton.edu.

The ALA 2018 Program Posted

The program for this year’s American Literature Association Conference in San Diego (May 24-27 2018) has been posted. Click here to check it out! 

Here is a listing of the FNS-sponsored events:

Thursday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:50 am 
[Session 2-B] Frank Norris
Chair: Eric Carl Link, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
1. “Looking at ‘Wheat’ in the Blink of an Eye,” Toby Widdicombe, University of Alaska Anchorage
2. “Design for Determinism: Norris, Nansen, and A Man’s Woman,” Patti Luedecke, Western University Ontario
3. “An Octopus of Data: Cyberspace and the Golden Spike,” Zach Mann, University of Southern California

Thursday, May 24, 3:00 – 4:20 pm
[Session 5-B] Frank Norris’s McTeague: New Perspectives
Chair: Steve Frye, California State University Bakersfield
1. “’Bottled Lightning’: McTeague and the Gospel of Relaxation,” Jeffrey W. Miller, Gonzaga University
2. “Scales of Force and Power in Frank Norris and N. K. Jemisin,” Chuck Robinson, University of Nevada Reno
3. “’Spit ut out’: The Role of Dialect in Frank Norris’s McTeague,” Scott Shumaker, University of Nevada Reno

Thursday, May 24, 4:30 – 5:50 pm
[Session 6-B] Literary Naturalism and Social Protest: A Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Eric Carl Link, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Panelists:
– Donna Campbell, Washington State University
– Anita Duneer, Rhode Island College
– Steve Frye, California State University Bakersfield
– Lauren Navarro, LaGuardia Community College
– Keith Newlin, University of North Carolina Wilmington
– Jeanne Reesman, University of Texas San Antonio
– Adam Wood, Salisbury University

Happy Birthday, Frank Norris!

Even after 148 years, Frank Norris continues to provoke interesting conversation!

Check out a March 1st article by Slate Magazine, which provides scientific viability for Norris’s argument about the colonizing power of the octopus:

“Frank Norris’ 1901 novel about the California railroads described the robber barons’ monopoly as ‘the leviathan, with tentacles of steel clutching into the soil, the soulless Force, the iron-hearted Power, the monster, the Colossus, the Octopus.’ . . . This sinister interpretation of the octopus isn’t all made-up, in a scientific sense. Cephalopods are indeed colonizing species: They’re weedy ecosystem opportunists . . . ”

Read more at https://slate.com/technology/2018/03/against-the-octopus-the-overrated-cephalopod.html

 

Announcing Frank Norris Society Roundtable and Panels, ALA 2018

The Frank Norris Society is happy to announce that a roundtable discussion and two panels will be sponsored at this year’s American Literature Association’s 29th Annual Conference in San Francisco, which will be held May 24th to the 27th.

Literary Naturalism and Social Protest: A Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Eric Carl Link, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Panelists:

  • Donna Campbell, Washington State University
  • Anita Duneer, Rhode Island College
  • Steve Frye, California State University Bakersfield
  • Lauren Navarro, LaGuardia Community College
  • Keith Newlin, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Jeanne Reesman, University of Texas San Antonio
  • Adam Wood, Salisbury University

Panel 1: Frank Norris

Chair: Eric Carl Link, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

  1. “Looking at ‘Wheat’ in the Blink of an Eye,” Toby Widdicombe, University of Alaska Anchorage
  2. “Design for Determinism: Norris, Nansen, and A Man’s Woman,” Patti Luedecke, Western University Ontario
  3. “An Octopus of Data: Cyberspace and the Golden Spike,” Zach Mann, University of Southern California

Panel 2: Frank Norris’s McTeague: New Perspectives

Chair: Steve Frye, California State University Bakersfield

  1. “’Bottled Lightning’: McTeague and the Gospel of Relaxation,” Jeffrey W. Miller, Gonzaga University
  2. “Scales of Force and Power in Frank Norris and N. K. Jemisin,” Chuck Robinson, University of Nevada Reno
  3.  “’Spit ut out’: The Role of Dialect in Frank Norris’s McTeague,” Scott Shumaker, University of Nevada Reno

CFP: Two Panel Sessions, ALA 2018

The Frank Norris Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on May 24-27, 2018.

Papers on any aspect of Frank Norris’s work or life will be considered.  Broader treatments of American literary naturalism (whether directly related to Frank Norris or not) will also be considered. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Please email abstracts or papers of no more than ten double-spaced pages by January 15, 2018, to the program chair:

Eric Carl Link, eric.link@ipfw.edu

For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliteratureassociation.org or contact the conference director, Professor Leslie Petty, at pettyL@rhodes.edu, or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen, at ab23@princeton.edu.