The Fall 2022 meeting of the Texas Regional Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Study Group will be on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at the University of Texas-Dallas, hosted by Ashley Barnes.
Our common reading will be Texas: The Great Theft, by Carmen Boullosa, a highly acclaimed contemporary Mexican writer. We will be reading the 2014 English translation of this novel, translated by Samantha Schnee and published by Dallas-based independent publisher, Deep Vellum Press, which is offering a discount code for purchase of the book. Ms. Schnee will be a special guest participant.
Please RSVP to Ashley Barnes (email@example.com) by September 15 and please indicate whether you plan to stay for dinner.
About the novel: Boullosa's Texas: The Great Theft is about the 1859 Mexican invasion of what had recently become US territory, a work of contemporary historical fiction that promises to be of interest to scholars/teachers of American literature, as a complement or rebuttal to other accounts of nineteenth-century expansionism. It will also be of interest to scholars/teachers of Latino/a/x literature, offering a global lens on a pivotal moment of geo-political change and cultural formation. Samantha Schnee's translation of Boullosa's Texas: The Great Theft was shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize.
More details regarding the schedule, location, lodging, etc. will be available soon at our website.
The Study Group is an informal gathering of professors, graduate students, and independent scholars who share an interest in American women's writing. We share a lunch (provided by the host campus), spend the afternoon discussing the common reading, and have dinner at a local restaurant (paid individually). We welcome new participants to join the conversation, which is always rich and stimulating, and often touches on larger professional concerns (teaching, publishing, mentoring, etc.).
Dr. John Edward Martin of the UNT library will be attending and has expressed willingness to give rides, if anyone needs one.