Due Date: 03-15-2020

Contributions are sought for a special issue of ESQ that will explore the work of Lydia Sigourney and her contemporaries. This issue will be devoted to essays addressing the question of Sigourney within the context of her contemporaries. We welcome new essays discussing her work in the context of other major authors or exploring her role in the historical context from a variety of critical approaches, including formalist, theoretical, historical, and pedagogical approaches.

The following is a nonexclusive list of sample topics:

  • The relationship between Sigourney and members of the Concord Circle
  • Sigourney and Romantic poetics
  • Sigourney in the age of Jackson
  • Sigourney and transatlantic Romantic and Victorian poetics
  • Sigourney and question of race
  • Sigourney and her contemporaries in the literary marketplace
  • Teaching Sigourney—Reconfiguring the nineteenth-century canon
  • Sigourney, Fuller, and the American woman’s memoir
  • Ecocritical readings of Sigourney and her contemporaries
  • Feminist readings of Sigourney and her contemporaries
  • Sigourney and the invention of a pedagogy for America
  • Sigourney as editor and mentor
  • Sigourney, Whitman, Longfellow, and the American epic or long poem
  • Sigourney and the work of Black women authors

Proposals of 250–300 words are due by 15 March 2020. Final drafts of approximately 7,000 words are expected by 1 October 2020. Please send inquiries or proposals for papers to Elizabeth Petrino ( and Mary Louise Kete (