SSAWW Northwest Study Group Meeting (Respond by 9.24.14)

August 11, 2014 by

You are invited to the Fall 2014 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. The meeting will be on Saturday, October 18th from 12:30-3:30pm, and lunch will be provided by the Whitworth English Department and the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. We will be meeting in George’s Place in the Hixson Union Building.

The common text for the meeting is Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tavin, which was released in June of this year. You may purchase the text at Amazon:

Or at the University of Nebraska Press Website:,675830.aspx

Please send an RSVP email by September 24th to to let us know if you plan to attend the event, so we can plan refreshments accordingly. If you would like additional information about hotels or the Spokane area—or if you have any general questions about the plans for this fall’s study group—please feel free to contact us at anytime. New participants are certainly welcome. We look forward to an engaging and thoughtful discussion!


LuElla D’Amico (

Christina Roberts (


Tentative Schedule:


12:30-1:30—Luncheon with time for participants to meet and get to know each other

1:30-3:00—Discussion of Phelps edition

3:00-3:30—Business Meeting


Directions to Whitworth:

Street Address:
Whitworth University
300 West Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

I-90 Heading West:

  1. Take the Division St. Exit (Exit 281)
  2. Follow N. Division St. for 6-7 miles (20-25 minutes)
  3. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Rd.
  4. Continue on Hawthorne Rd. for two blocks
  5. The main campus will be on the right side of the street and the Admissions Office, MacKay Hall, will be on the left side of the street.

I-90 Heading East:

  1. Take the Division St. Exit (Exit 281)
  2. Turn slight left onto N. Division St.
  3. Follow N. Division St. for 6 miles (20-25 minutes)
  4. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Rd.
  5. Continue on Hawthorne Rd. for two blocks
  6. The main campus will be on the right side of the street and the Admissions Office, MacKay Hall, will be on the left side of the street.

Map of Whitworth:

Local Accommodations the College:

Quality Inn Oakwood
7919 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99208
Driving distance to Whitworth: 1.68 miles

Comfort Inn
7111 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99208
Driving distance to Whitworth: 2.18 miles





Study Group Meeting

August 11, 2014 by

Hi, everyone,

I’m working on putting together a study group for SSAWW-NW here in the fall in Spokane.  Does anyone have any work they’d like to preview or discuss in particular?  If not, I can choose something, but I thought I’d open this up just in case.

Please reply to




Dr. LuElla D’Amico
Assistant Professor of English
Secretary of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society
Whitworth University
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

If anyone is interested in reinvigorating the Pacific Northwest SSAWW Study Group, would you please contact me offline at

I would be particularly interested in looking at newly recovered/discovered works and the latest critical studies; an emphasis on Pacific Northwest writers for some of the sessions would be interesting as well.  Let me know if you are interested and any suggestions for readings that interest you.

 Thanks, Sharon


Sharon M. Harris

Dept. of English

University of Connecticut

   (now residing in Washington State)

SSAWW 2015 Conference panel from SSAWW Northwest Study Group

July 10, 2014 by

The cfp for the SSAWW 2015 conference is now posted:   We wanted to let you know that regional study groups have a guaranteed panel. The submission guidelines are on the website, and include the request that complete panels let their submitters know by the end of January (the due date for complete panels is Feb. 13, 2015) so that those who are not successful can still submit electronically.

–Rita Bode

Readings for the November 13 Meeting

October 11, 2010 by

Denny’s Blazing the Way

Ch. 3 from Klingle’s Emerald City

Ch. 6 from Merchant’s American Environmental History

Introduction from O’Brien’s Firsting and Lasting

Thrush’s “City of the Changers”

SSAWW NW Meeting in Seattle, November 13, 2010

September 15, 2010 by

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 13th!

Women Writers and the Settlement of the Pacific Northwest: The Cultural Legacy of Emily Inez Denny’s Blazing the Way, Or True Stories, Songs, and Sketches of Puget Sound and Other Pioneers (1909)

Join other colleagues around the region for a daylong dialog about the legacy of Emily Inez Denny’s written account of early Puget Sound-area pioneers. In a similar fashion to other narratives of settlement, Denny’s book demonstrates the incredible cultural influence of certain non-fiction narratives. Denny utilizes themes found within many frontier narratives (threat of Indian attack, virgin lands, exaggeration of pioneer activities, etc.), and these themes helped to pave the way for the development of the region. The group will focus on various approaches to the study of Emily Inez Denny’s Blazing the Way and examine secondary sources that offer supplementary information about early Seattle history and the literary and cultural significance of Denny’s book.

In addition to engaging conversation about scholarly and pedagogical approaches to Blazing the Way, the group will also visit the Museum of History and Industry to examine the visual representations of Seattle’s early history.  The museum visit will take place in the morning from 10-11:30, and the cost will be minimal ($8).  If we have enough confirmed participants, we can also request a group discount.

For the fall meeting, the group will meet at Seattle University, located on Capitol Hill and near downtown Seattle.   Please RSVP to Christina Roberts ( by Oct. 29th.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 29th

Suggested Primary Readings

Denny, Emily Inez. Blazing the way, or True Stories, Songs and Sketches of Puget Sound and Other Pioneers.  Chapters 3, 4, and 7. (available online as Google book and as .pdf document)

Klingle, Matthew.  Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle. Chapter 3, “The Imagination and Creative Energy of the Engineer: Harnessing Nature’s Forces to Urban Progress.” (excerpt available as .pdf. document)

Thrush, Coll.  Native Seattle. Chapter 2, “Terra Miscognita.” (excerpt available as .pdf. document)

Suggested Secondary Readings

Carlson, Lucile. “Duwamish River: Its Place in the Seattle Industrial Plan.” Economic Geography. 26.2 (April 1950): 144-154.  (available through JSTOR)

Merchant, Carolyn.  American Environmental History. Chapter Six, “Urban Environments, 1850-1960.” (excerpt available as .pdf. document)

O’Brien Jean.  Firsting and Lasting: Writing Native Americans Out of Existence in New England. Introduction, “Indians Can Never Be Modern.” (excerpt available as .pdf document)

Thrush, Coll.  “City of the Changers: Indigenous People and the Transformation of Seattle’s Watersheds.” Pacific Historical Review. 75.1 (Feb. 2006): 89-117. (available through JSTOR)

PDFs of the readings and additional information available at

Directions to Seattle University

Visitor parking is available at the 12th Ave & E. Marion parking lot.

Campus map

Airport and Hotel

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the main airport for the greater Seattle area.  There are numerous transportation options to get from the airport to downtown Seattle, and there are many wonderful attractions that change frequently.  Check out additional information at, where you can also find hotel discounts and other offers.  The Silver Cloud Hotel ( is the closest to Seattle University, and the website offer a small discount if booked online in advance.


9-9:30am                     Continental breakfast and introductions

Meet on 5th floor of Casey building

9:30-11:30am              Shuttle Van. Visit MOHAI and other relevant Seattle-area landmarks

11:30-12:30                 Lunch at Seattle University

12:30-4pm                   Afternoon sessions

  • Discuss readings

o       Emily Inez Denny and pioneering families

o       Klingle’s environmental history of Seattle

o       Future of (bioregional) scholarly discourse?

  • Break w/beverages and light dessert
  • Share pedagogical strategies

o       Academic service learning

o       Community-based research

o       Other authors to include – goal will be to compile research/teaching bibliography that can be mailed to regional group.

  • Business

o       Spring meeting logistics

5pm                             Dinner at local restaurant

Invitation to the April 24 Meeting

February 27, 2010 by

Invitation to attend the Spring 2010 meeting of the American Women Writers Research Group

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to be a discussant and participant in the Spring 2010 meeting of the American Women Writers Research Group for the Northwest Region.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, April 24 from 11am-5:30pm in the Bundy Reading Room, ground floor of Avery Hall, on the Washington State University Campus in Pullman, Washington.

The topic of the reading list for our discussion is “Anthologies and Critical Editions.” Christina Roberts (Seattle University) and Michelle Fankhauser (Washington State University) have compiled the list.  We will be discussing selections from texts by Mourning Dove and Julia Ward Howe.  See the blog entry below for the reading list and links to PDFs of the readings.  At the April 24 meeting, we will discuss the scholarly significance of the texts on our reading list, their place in the history of women writers, and ideas about teaching them.

The Washington State University Department of English and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers have generously offered to sponsor this meeting.  WSU English is providing our meeting room, and WSU English and SSAWW will be funding lunch and afternoon refreshments for our day of discussion.

Please send an RSVP email by April 10 ( to let us know if you plan to attend, and if you can make the dinner after the meeting, as we need to inform the caterers and restaurant of our numbers.  We look forward to seeing you at the Pullman Campus for what we hope will be a useful and engaging discussion!


Michelle Fankhauser (, Donna Campbell (, and Amber Lapiana (


11-12pm: visit to WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) ( – Curator Trevor Bond has graciously agreed to meet with us and let us view the collected papers of Mourning Dove.  The MASC is on the ground floor of the Holland-Terrell Library.

12-1pm:  Lunch–Participants will gather in the Bundy Reading Room for lunch and conversation

1-2pm: Introductions and Conversation with Gary Williams – Gary Williams, Professor and Department Chair of English at the University of Idaho, will join us to discuss his discovery and subsequent publication of Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite and its current inclusion in the Heath Anthology.  Professor Williams will make his comments and then take questions from the group.

2-3pm:  Discussion

3-3:30pm:  Coffee and dessert break

3:30-5:30pm:  Discussion and Business

6-8pm:  Dinner at The Black Cypress (215 E Main Street, Pullman)

The meeting starts a bit late in the day to accommodate participants who are coming from some distance.


We hope you can join us for dinner after the meeting at the Black Cypress in Pullman.  When you email to RSVP to the meeting, please let us know whether you plan to attend dinner or not.  The restaurant has a blog that is slightly out of date but still gives you an idea of the menu:

Accommodations in Pullman:

The Pullman Chamber of Commerce website, which lists all the hotels in Pullman:

Travel to Pullman:

Tacoma is served by Spokane airport (, which has car rentals and shuttle/taxi service to Pullman.

Information about traveling to the Washington State University Campus can be found at

Driving directions can be found here (we’re meeting on the WSU campus in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall):

WSU campus map:

WSU web site:

WSU Campus Parking (the easiest and lest expensive option is to park in the garage under the Holland-Terrell Library – this is where the MASC is and it is a short walk to Avery Hall from there):

And see the blog entry below for even more information on Pullman.

If you need any additional information about the meeting or your travel, you can contact:

Michelle Fankhauser (, Donna Campbell (, or Amber Lapiana (

Pullman Area Info

January 19, 2010 by

Pullman Area Map

Quality Inn, Paradise Creek
Holiday Inn Express
Hilltop Inn
Cougar Land Motel
Pullman Transit
Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport , also has ground transportation information such as rental cars

Restaurants, Coffeeshops, Etc.
Daily Grind
Cafe Moro
Swilly’s Restaurant
Old Post Office Wine Cellar and Gallery

Reading List And Readings for the April 24 Meeting

January 14, 2010 by

Our Spring 2010 meeting will take place on April 24 at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.  The topic for our discussion will be Anthologies and Critical Editions.  We will have the opportunity to tour the WSU library’s manuscripts and special collections, and examine the papers of Mourning Dove, one of the authors whose anthologized work we will read for the meeting.  Gary Williams, the editor of Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite, will also be joining us for our discussion of Howe’s work.  So we’ve got a lot of great material on the agenda!

I have posted below a link to the reading list for the meeting, compiled by Michelle Fankhauser (WSU) and Christina Roberts (Seattle U).  I have also included links to pdfs of five short reading selections we will discuss together.

The hosts of our WSU meeting will be sending the formal invitation through the email list soon.

Looking forward to seeing you in April,

Lydia Fisher

Spring 2010 Reading List

Howe Excerpts, Heath Anthology of American Literature, 6th ed.

Mourning Dove Excerpts, Heath Anthology of American Literature, 6th ed.

Graff and DeLio Essay

Kilcup Essay

Excerpts, Mourning Dove’s Cogewea

Call for Readings

November 18, 2009 by

Dear Colleagues,

Please take some time *this week* to send Michelle Fankhauser ( and Christina Roberts ( your reading list suggestions for the spring meeting of the NW Region American Women Writers Research Group, which will be held on Saturday, April 24 in Pullman, WA, hosted by Washington State University. (The hosts have switched the location from Spokane to Pullman so that we can take a tour of the rare books and manuscripts collection on the Pullman campus.)

The topic for our discussion in April will be:

Anthologies and Critical Editions: What texts are central to our understanding of American women’s writing, and in what form are they available?

Michelle and Christina are compiling the reading list for the meeting, and they would like you to email them both your suggestions for short texts or excerpts that are especially significant in helping to define your understanding of American Women Writers. What works by American women should be included in anthologies or available in critical editions (such as the Norton series)?

Send a few suggestions for texts that you would like to discuss with the group because they are not often anthologized or available in critical editions, and should be, or because you are especially interested in looking at the way they have been published/anthologized in the past. The idea is to discuss teaching and research concerns of a few central texts, while we have a broader discussion about the general issue of anthologizing and publishing American women writers’ works.

Please send your suggestions as soon as you can — Christina and Michelle are working on the list right now.

Stay tuned for a formal invitation and the reading list for that April 24 meeting.

Best wishes,


Lydia Fisher

Department of English

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St. #1045

Tacoma, WA 98416-1045

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November 18, 2009 by

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