SSAWWSociety for the Study of American Women Writers
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Sherry intended the ssaww to be "a vehicle that serves the needs of scholars in the field, at every level of the profession" (Harris xi).
(1.) The "Archive Survival Guide" invited readers to "continue [the] conversation, adding their own thoughts, inquiries, and recommendations" via what was then a very new technological tool, the SSAWW listserv (230).
I would like to thank Heather Riser and the staff of the Small Special Collections at the University of Virginia for helping me to access the images discussed above, Sarah Robbins for encouraging me to work on this topic, the SSAWW and Legacy prize committees for seeing promise in an earlier version of this paper, and Jennifer S.
Please include my name, address, and email in the SSAWW directory.
Please send this completed form with your check or money order payable to SSAWW to Heidi M.
Finally, I place SSAWW'S 2012 leadership transition in the context of the hidden entitlements that can lead to male spokesmanship in a political moment in which women's voices, choices, and advocacy are being increasingly challenged, silenced, and shut down.
The SSAWW (for which Legacy is the official journal) defines itself as one such community seeking to cultivate, fertilize, and
Special thanks to Mary Lou Kete for her substantive contributions to this essay's ideas and phrasing, to the participants and audience of the session on "Counterfactual Counterhistories" at the 2009 SSAWW conference, and to the editors of Legacy.
We see these Roundtable conversations as a beginning point for other discussions we hope to continue in the coming year--at conferences, on the SSAWW listserv, by e-mail, and in person.
Susan Tomlinson: Legacy and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) have been models of intellectual community and colloegiality.
These extraordinary scholars (and so many others) were instrumental to my work as editor, they supported the development of the SSAWW, and they continue to influence my scholarship.
When the book arrived, with its little purple flowers on the cover, tiny print, and eye-opening introduction by Mary Kelley, I felt somehow newly initiated into a club of people who special-ordered books by nineteenth-century women writers and loved them--a club that would have no name for me until many years later, when I learned it was called Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW).