Announcing the Frank Norris Society Panels for ALA 2017

The Frank Norris Society is happy to announce the two panels it will be sponsoring at this year’s American Literature Association’s 28th Annual Conference in Boston, which will be held May 25th to the 28th.

Frank Norris and Popular Representation

  • Chair: Eric Carl Link, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
  1. “Contingency, Contagion, and Pleasure in the Food Economies of The Pit and The Jungle,” Justin Rogers-Cooper, LaGuardia Community College
  2. “Temperance, Slovenliness, and the Domestic Food Economies of McTeague,” Lauren Navarro, LaGuardia Community College
  3. “Norris, Naturalism, and Sport,” Cara Erdheim Kilgallen, Sacred Heart University
  4. “Norris’s Domestic Discomfort in Vandover and the Brute,” Nicole de Fee, Louisiana Tech University

American Literary Naturalism: New Scholarship

  • Chair: Steve Frye, California State University Bakersfield
  1. “A Cat and Mr. Corkle: Frank Norris and the Narration of Species Difference,” Victoria Googasian, Stanford University
  2. “‘A Significance That No Words Could Attain’: Frank Norris’s ‘A Memorandum of Sudden Death’ and the Limits of Representation,” Adam Wood, Salisbury University
  3. “’A Vivid Wakeful Fatigue, a Wan Lucidity of Mind’: Paradoxical Wakefulness and the Naturalist New Woman,” Hannah Huber, University of South Carolina

Recently Published: The Oxford Handbook of Jack London

An interesting new addition to Jack London studies has just been published. The following announcement is shared from Dr. Donna Campbell, whose essay is featured in the handbook.

The Oxford Handbook of Jack London, edited by Jay Williams, has just been published.  My essay in it is called “Women’s Rights, Women’s Lives.”  Here’s the full Table …

Source: Recently Published: The Oxford Handbook of Jack London

Announcing an Exciting New Publication in Norris Studies!

We are excited to announce a recent publication in the study of Norris and literary naturalism:

The most recent volume of the journal Excavatio has published an article by Dr. Myrto Drizou of Valdosta State University entitled “The Politics of Time in Frank Norris’s Criticism and Fiction.”

The Frank Norris Society sends much thanks to Dr. Drizou for her contribution to Norris studies!

ALA 2017 Call for Papers

American Literature Association 28th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2017 in Boston, MA

CALL FOR PAPERS–The Frank Norris Society

 The Frank Norris Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA, on May 25-28, 2017.

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, 2017, to the program chair:

Eric Carl Link

For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield of Georgia Southern University at with specific questions.