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2001 Winter

Winter 2001
vol.10, no.4

SLS2002, Pasadena
The 16th Annual SLS Conference will be held in Pasadena, CA at the
Pasadena Hilton, October 10-13, 2002. A Call for Papers will be posted
on the website: http://SLS-2002.caltech.edu. The deadline for
papers/abstracts/session proposals is June 1, 2001.  Other information
will appear on the website as available, so please consult it
Please address any queries or suggestions to Jay Labinger,

Travel Awards
SLS provides a limited number of travel awards for underfunded
individuals attending the annual conference. Members of SLS who
participate in the annual conference may apply for travel subventions.
An applicant should email name, title of SLS presentation, any
information about institutional funding for the conference, and an
indication of how long one has been a member to Carol Colatrella at by
September 1. SLS officers will review the applications and approve
funds for at least one to three individuals. Each person awarded funds
will be presented with a $200 check at the conference.

The Bruns Essay Prize
The Bruns Graduate Essay Prize, in honor of Edward F. Bruns, is
awarded annually to the best essay written by a graduate student
member of the Society for Literature and Science. Graduate students
wishing to have their essays considered for the $250 prize should
submit them by September 1 to N. Katherine Hayles, Department of
English, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530.

The Schachterle Essay Prize
Lance Schachterle, SLS founding president, has established an annual
prize of $250 in honor of his parents to recognize the best new essay
literature and science written in English by a nontenured scholar.
Eligible authors wishing to submit essays (published or accepted for
publication) should send them prior to September 1 to the SLS
Executive Director, Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165; please label envelope
"Schachterle Submission."

Note: all of the awards described above are presented during the
Business Meeting of the annual fall conference. One may submit only
one entry to one of the two essay prize

Combined Executive Board/Business meeting minutes, notes by
Susan Squier and Carol Colatrella:

	Jim Bono reported that the 2001 conference had 155 paid registrants
	(the goal was 200). SUNY Buffalo contributions came to $7,000. The
	cancellation rate was fairly high--30% after 9/11.
	The second Euro-SLS deadline (Aarhus) has been extended to
	December 15, 2001. (See call for papers on page one)
	Upcoming conferences: Jay Labinger and Eve Keller reported on
	2002 in Pasadena (see info above) and 2003 in Austin.  Steve
	Weininger reported that SLS in Aarhus is in the planning stages.
	Because European conferences can get EU money, which is not
	possible if they are satellite organizations to the USA, it was
	that the European committee of the SLS not be a satellite, but rather
	an affiliate.
	Configurations: Jim Bono and Hugh Crawford reported 460 SLS
	memberships plus 90 individual and 160 institutional subscribers. The
	total subscription base is around 710. Configurations is behind its
	publication schedule: the winter issue will be out late, and so a
	was made to reverse the order of the spring and fall issues. The
	considered whether to make the bibliography available electronically.
	Kate Hayles reported that the Writing Science series at Stanford
	folded, as did George Levine's series at Wisconsin. The Michigan
	literature and science series is still doing well; the press lost its 
	but under the new director the series has a number of very good
	forthcoming books. The current trend is worrying: there are financial
	crises in university presses.
	Survey of members: 75 responses: re communications: most like
	Decodings; would like to go to electronic version; wanted a GOOD
	WEBSITE! re meetings: general support for a fall European meeting
	every other year. As to location, there was a 50/50 split on city vs.
	college campus. re costs, also split: the most money supported for a
	room: $120.
	Susan Squier (email: sxs62@psu.edu) was named to chair the
	Nominating Committee for the next SLS elections: send her nominations
	for 2nd Vice President and a new Member at Large.  Steve Weininger
	and Kate Hayles will be the other members.
	A new SLS website will be available at www.litsci.org (in addition to
	the Hopkins site at slsa.press.jhu.edu).  Member items should be sent
	Sue Hagedorn (hagedors@vt.edu), who anticipates the site should be
	functioning by December.  Past conference programs and abstracts in
	electronic form are sought Sue; email her if you can provide
	about SLS-related websites still functioning or those still in html
	She is also interested in hearing suggestions about other relevant
	content and plans to host a forum for members interested in working
	together on panels for SLS2002 in Pasadena

2001 SLS travel awards were presented to Sabiha Ahmad, Benjamin
Cohen, Louise Economides, Elizabeth Mazzolini, Gretchen Mitchlitsch,
Mischa Peters, Nicolas Pethes, and Carol Wald.  The 2001 Bruns prize
for the best essay written by a graduate student member was awarded to
Carol Wald of UCLA for "The Fairy in the Net: Agency, Class, and
Evolution in the Letters of Ada Byron Lovelace."  Mark Hansen of
Princeton University won the 2001 Schachterle Prize, awarded to a
published essay by a non-tenured faculty member of SLS, for
"Embodying Virtual Reality: Touch and Self-Movement in the Work of
Char Davies," forthcoming in Critical Matrix, fall 2001.

Minutes from Buffalo wrap-up session, by Jay Labinger:

About 20 people offered suggestions for future meetings, listed here in
no particular order:

	A name index and e-mail addresses for all participants should be
	included in the program book.  Listings of speakers' affiliations
	include academic department, where applicable.
	Guest scholar "streams" -- one or more discussion sessions
	following the session featuring the guest scholar--were very
	effective this year, but the guest scholars themselves should not
	have to be responsible for organizing/chairing the discussions; the
	scholar should be a respondent at the discussions.
	There were too many times when sessions on similar topics
	conflicted with one another. In part this may have been due to more
	concentration on a few areas than has been typical in the past.
	predesignating categories could alleviate this problem somewhat.
	Speakers might be encouraged to bring copies of their papers for
	attendees who can't make their session, or email them to any who
	request copies.
	There should be more sessions with historical themes (which have
	been more common at previous conferences).
	Sessions with only 2 speakers often work very well, allowing more time
	for effective discussion.
	There should be more variability in sessions--workshops where a panel
	discusses a specified text (announced in the session abstract) they've
	all read, roundtables on a topic, etc.
	Several alternate meeting schedules were offered for consideration:
	starting all sessions after 9 am (but the organizers noted that causes
	problems with the business lunch on Saturday), or having breakout
	sessions start on Thursday evening and moving a plenary to Sunday
	(which raises the issue of travel--west coast attendees at an east
	meeting have difficulty arriving early on Thursday, while east coast
	attendees at a west coast meeting often must leave early on Sunday).
	Sue Hagedorn asked that anyone who took good pictures at the
	meeting send them in electronic form to hagedors@vt.edu for posting on
	the SLS website.

Association for Integrative Studies 24th Conference:
October 3 - 6, 2002, Drury University, Springfield, Missouri
"The Liberating Arts: Global Connections and Challenges."
invited on how the "liberating arts"-the sciences, humanities,
professional programs-contribute to the process of liberating students,
faculty, and academic institutions to participate responsibly in the
community. We welcome papers, case studies, panel presentations,
roundtable discussions, narratives and research reviews that clarify
meanings and practices of the liberating arts; how they contribute to
cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural understanding; how they
creative and responsible participation in the global community; how
may be successfully implemented; and how their success may be
measured and assessed. Deadline: March 17, 2002. See the submission
form and more information at www.drury.edu/AIS2002. Contact Hue-ping
Chin at hchin@lib.drury.edu with questions.

Configurations Book Reviews: If you are interested in writing a book
review for Configurations, please contact Alan Rauch
(alan.rauch@lcc.gatech.edu) and let him know your areas of expertise,
and if there are any specific books you would like to review. When
possible, reviewers for the journal usually undertake two (or more)
that deal with related topics. A guide for reviewers can be found at:


Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity Series Editors:
Mary Thomas Crane, Boston College and Henry S. Turner, University of
Ashgate's new series provides a forum for groundbreaking work on the
relations between literary and scientific discourses in Europe, during
period when both fields were in a crucial moment of historical
We welcome proposals that address the many overlaps between modes
of imaginative writing typical of the 16th and 17th
rhetoric, prose narrative, dramatic production, utopiaÑand the
vocabularies, conceptual models, and intellectual methods of newly
emergent "scientific" fields such as medicine, astronomy,
alchemy, psychology, mapping, mathematics, or natural history. In order
to reflect the nature of intellectual inquiry during the period, the
interdisciplinary in orientation and will publish monographs, edited
collections, and selected critical editions of primary texts relevant to
understanding of the mutual implication of literary and scientific

Proposals should take the form of either 1) a preliminary letter of
briefly describing the project; or 2) a formal prospectus including:
abstract, table of contents, sample chapter, estimate of length,
of the number and type of illustrations to be included, and a c.v. 
send a copy of either type of proposal to each of the series editors
to the publisher:

	Mary Thomas Crane, Dept of English, Boston College, 140
	Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
	Henry S. Turner, Dept. of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
	600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
	Erika Gaffney, Editor, Ashgate Publishing Company, 131 Main Street,
	Burlington, VT 05401-5600  Email: egaffney@ashgate.com

Call for Monographs: English Literary Studies seeks quality
submissions for its annual monograph series.  ELS, founded in 1975,
publishes peer-reviewed monographs (usual length 45,000-60,000
words) on the literatures written in English.  The Series is open to a
range of methodologies and considers for publication a variety of
scholarly work: bibliographies, scholarly editions, and historical and
critical studies of significant authors, texts, and issues.  For
information, write the Editor, English Literary Studies, Department of
English, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3070, Victoria, BC, V8W 3W1,
Canada, or see our Guidelines for Prospective Contributors at


When you are away--
My days are numbered:
They have a beginning and an ending, with digits in-between.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or +1 to a subsequent integer:
Simple, sparse, and plain.
When you are safely home, somewhere nearby--
My days seem to swell:
They start to crowd toward the realm of the visible.
Or almost so....
Let's say, it's as if they turn into a kind of deepness:
Like the liquid yellow of a maple leaf in fall;
Like the cobalt after-image of the setting sun;
Like the inner whorl of the clearest mountain stream.
They become days I can see much more fully than those others,
But no longer quite point to.
When you are standing right here, close enough to hold--
My days all come unnumbered: Past, present, future tumble to a focus;
Alice upended in a rabbit hole,
I burst through into every single nÕth dimension of your smile.
BARBARA CURRIER BELL, Milford, Connecticut
The Truth of Approximation
the warbler				The sea is a back,
within					I stand waist deep,
plies its trade				its shoulders flexing
of A for B flat,				over me.
this minor stuttering.
Or, having once set out upon			   EMILY NGUYEN, Princeton, N.J.
it floats a third,
upstream, but
caught in the rush
of unknown waters,
cannot capitulate
minds only the
stagnant Or.
In the Boolean World,
this is freedom.
Boat and music drift off
into their separate spheres,
touching upon this union,
this divide, but taking
the whole range, never
locked into exclusion.
In the Boolean World
Or is wider than And.
A careful assessment
of what you have
and donÕt have
will tell you that.
The poet wants
merely the marginal.
The world is the rest,
a whole note
from which there
is no escape.
Curious notes on the order
of arpeggio
only hasten
the division
between self
and subject
and monarch
the butterfly
and the butter.

SLS Executive Board, 2001-2002
President: T. Hugh Crawford, Georgia Tech
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Tech
1st Vice-President: Jay Labinger, California Institute of Technology
2nd Vice-President: Eve Keller, Fordham University
Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University
Bernice Hausman, Virginia Tech
Arkady Plotnitsky, Purdue University
Past Presidents:  Susan Squier, Penn State; Sidney Perkowitz. Emory 
University; Stuart Peterfreund,
Northeastern University.; James J. Bono, SUNY-Buffalo; N. Katherine
UCLA;  Mark
Greenberg, Drexel University; Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic 
Institute; Stephen J.
Weininger, WPI

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