The New England Quarterly

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Call for Papers for the 2019 American Literature Association Annual Conference:

We seek submissions for a panel highlighting new scholarly approaches to the study of New England, broadly construed, sponsored by the New England Quarterly, the foremost scholarly journal devoted to the study of the region’s cultural, literary, political, and social history.  Papers might explore a figure or subject that has been neglected or utilize emerging critical approaches and conceptual frameworks.  A member of the journal’s editorial staff will be available to work with all interested authors in the further development of these contributions into submissions to the journal.  We heartily encourage submissions from women and scholars of color.

The American Literature Association’s 30th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2019 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).

Please submit an abstract of around 250 words to by January 11, 2019.

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2018 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History

This prize of two thousand five hundred dollars, established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society and the moving force behind the organization, will be awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually.

By arrangement with the editors of The New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal.

Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2018 prize must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2018. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2019.

Click here for more information including judging criteria, submission specifications, and past winners.

The New England Quarterly‘s September 2018 issue is now available.

“Our essays use different approaches to the study of the life and letters of New England to demonstrate complexities familiar to recent scholars but in a fashion resonant of Miller and Bercovitch. In part they represent different methods: different periods and topics, political as opposed to intellectual history, and history as opposed to literary or cultural studies. Neal Dugre’s Whitehill prize-winning essay is a study of institutional history, of the formation of of the United Colonies; Andrew MacDonald’s, a very traditional (to this student whose primary training in the early 1970s was lumped together as intellectual and social history) essay on the fissures in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century New England Calvinism; Mixon Robinson uses church bells and railroads as prisms to unpack abolitionist activity; and Clark Davis, to link Jones Very, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivner. While each, however, engages the problems of declension, dissent, and exclusion, they, nonetheless, engage issues of orthodoxy, of defining common, in Bercovitch’s terms, agreed-upon myths.”

— Editorial, Jonathan M. Chu

Scroll down to see the issue’s full table of contents.

—  Volume 91, Issue 3: September 2018  —

by Jonathan M. Chu

In Memoriam: Nina Baym


Repairing the Breach: Puritan Expansion, Commonwealth Formation, and the Origins of the United Colonies of New England, 1630–1643
by Neal T. Dugre

The Substance of Doctrine: New England Calvinism and the Problem of Orthodoxy
by Andrew MacDonald

Bell, Book, and Locomotive: Communicating Abolition in and out of Concord, Massachusetts
by Mixon Robinson Jr. 

Emerson’s Telescope: Jones Very and Romantic Individualism
by Clark Davis

Book Reviews

The World of Credit in Colonial Massachusetts: James Richards and His Daybook, 1692–1711. Edited by James E. Wadsworth.
Review by James Henretta

Black Prometheus: Race & Radicalism in the Age of Atlantic Slavery. By Jared Hickman. 
Review by Elizabeth A. Bohls

Sarah Osborn’s Collected Writings. By Sarah Osborn. Edited by Catherine A. Brekus.
Review by Caroline Wigginton

Boston Furniture 1700–1900. Edited by Brock Jobe and Gerald W.R. Ward.
Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830. By Pauline E. Kane et al.

Review by Christine Ritok

Revolution Against Empire: Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence. By Justin Du Rivage.
Review by Andrew David Edwards

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. By Gordon S. Wood. 
Review by Richard D. Brown

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America. By Wendy Warren. 
Review by Michael Guasco

Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué. By Laura A. Macaluso.  
Review by Elizabeth Bacon Eager

Picturing Emerson: An Iconography. By Joel Myerson and Leslie Perrin Wilson. 
Review by Laura Saltz

The Life and Times of T.H. Gallaudet. By Edna Edith Sayers. 
Review by Lawrence B. Goodheart

Black Bostonians and the Politics of Culture, 1920–1940. By Lorraine Elena Roses.  
Review by Catherine A. Stewart

“Each generation must rewrite history from its own point of view.” 
NEQ’s Founding Editors, 1928