Call for Papers: ALA 2014

The Call for Papers for PEHS panels at the 2014 American Literature Association Conference, to be held May 22-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. is now available.  Please circulate widely and consider submitting your abstract.

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Hopkins First Edition and Letters at Dartmouth

The Dartmouth College Library recently acquired a first edition of Hopkins’s Contending Forces with two letters laid in.   Information on this acquisition is on Dartmouth College Library’s  blog at For more information, please contact Jay Satterfield, Special Collections Librarian, Dartmouth College Library, at

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Hopkins Society Events at ALA 2013

Please join us for the following Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society events at the 2013 American Literature Association Conference, held at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts.

Poetry Reading by Michael Harper.
Friday, May 24, 6:30 pm, Essex South Ballroom
A reception hosted by the African American Literature and Culture Society, the Charles Chesnutt Association, the Paul Laurence Dunbar Society, the Pauline Hopkins Society, the Charles Johnson Society, the Toni Morrison Society, the Ralph Ellison Society, and the John Edgar Wideman Society will follow the presentation.

Session 15-O Business Meeting: Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society (Parliament 7th Floor)
Saturday May 25, 2013 9:30-10:50am

Session 18-E Pauline Hopkins and Intertextuality (Helicon 7th Floor)
Saturday May 25, 2013 2:00-3:20 pm

Chair: Colleen O’Brien, University of South Carolina-Upstate

1. “Renegotiating New Negro Womanhood in Pauline Hopkins’s Contending Forces,” Amy Bennett Zendzian, Boston University

2. “Pauline Hopkins’s Architectural Resistance: Lodging Singleness in ‘The Little Romance,’” Katherine Fama, Washington University in Saint Louis

3. “Calling for Civility: Hopkins’s Recontextualization of Emerson’s Abolitionist Rhetoric,” Karin L. Hooks, Ohio State University

Session 19-F New Directions in Hopkins Scholarship: A Roundtable Discussion (Helicon 7th Floor)
Saturday, May 25 2013 3:30-4:50 pm

Moderator: John Gruesser, Kean University

1. Rynetta Davis, University of Kentucky
2. John Gruesser, Kean University
3. Alisha Knight, Washington College
4. Greg Laski, United States Air Force Academy
5. Colleen O’Brien, University of South Carolina-Upstate
6. Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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2012-2013 Newsletter Now Available

The  PEHS Newsletter for 2012-2013 is now available. Newsletter features include:
–2012 PEHS Business Meeting Minutes
–2013 ALA Call for Papers
–2012-2013 Membership Form
–President’s Letter from Dorri Beam with updates about the Society’s progress this year.

Please take a moment and read about all your Society has been up to, and how you can become more involved!

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PEHS Panels at ALA 2013: Call for Papers

The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will sponsor two panels at the 2013 American Literature Association Annual Conference, to be held May 23-26 at the Westin Copley Place, Boston MA.  We invite submissions for both panels: “Pauline Hopkins and Intertextuality” and “New Directions in Hopkins Scholarship: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Proposals are due 1/7/2013.

Click here for the full CFP.



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In addition to the digital New Era Magazine now available at the Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society website, scholars of Hopkins and her works can now find the 1969 Negro Universities Press edition of the Colored American Magazine online through the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

The publication of these two resources marks a significant moment.  Nearly all of Hopkins’s work is now readily available to scholars, students, and teachers.  Please share this good news with your colleagues and networks!

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New Books on Hopkins

2012 saw the publication and re-release of several important books by Hopkins Society members:

Jill Bergman, The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins (LSU Press, 2012).
Alisha Knight, Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream: An African American Writer’s (Re)Visionary Gospel of Success  (U Tennessee Press, 2012).
John Gruesser, The Empire Abroad and the Empire at Home: African American Literature and the Era of Overseas Expansion  (UGA Press, 2012).

Additionally, Hanna Wallinger’s Pauline E. Hopkins: A Literary Biography  (UGA Press, 2005) is newly available in paper.

Congratulations to all.

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NEW ERA MAGAZINE now available at this site

The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society is pleased to announce that we have brought the full run of the New Era Magazine, Hopkins’s last publishing venture, to our site in a digital format.  This makes available to all scholars and users a resource once accessible only through the special collections of a few university libraries.  We hope that this accessibility will lead to increased interest in the New Era as a subject for critical inquiry.

Many thanks are due to Howard University’s Moorland-Springarn Research Center and Emory University’s MARBL for their participation in this project, and to John Gruesser, Hanna Wallinger, and Jill Bergman for their assistance in compiling the texts.

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Changes to Officer Positions for 2012-2013

At this year’s Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society Business Meeting at the 2012 American Literature Association Conference, several new officers were appointed or elected:

Dorri Beam will be the PEHS’s President.
John Gruesser has stepped down from his role as president and will now serve as Immediate Past President and PEHS Historian.
Cherene Sherrard-Johnson will serve as PEHS Interim Vice-President.
Jill Bergman was formally elected PEHS Treasurer.
Colleen O’Brien was appointed PEHS Program Committee Chair.

Other recent changes to the panel of officers include the resignations of Tanya Clark as Program Committee Chair and Elizabeth West as Co-Webmaster.  For a complete list of current Hopkins Society officers, visit our “About the Society” page.

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Pauline Hopkins Society Business Meeting at ALA 2012

Immediately following our panel, ”Pauline Hopkins and Transnationalism” at the ALA Conference, in San Francisco, on Friday, May 25 (Session 9-J, 11:10-12:30), the Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society will hold our general body meeting, Session 10-M, 12:40-2:00.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting is as follows:
Call to Order
Approve May 2011 minutes
Treasurer Election
Reports from Officers, Committee Chairs, and WebMaster
Discuss dues Discuss monument and non-profit status
Discuss ALA 2013 (Elections and Program)

Please note that we will hold an election at the general body meeting to officially fill the Treasurer’s position.  The Nominations Committee has one candidate to bring forward:  Jill Bergman (Univ. Montana).

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