Join Us! Virtual Alcott Sessions/ALA Panels on May 24

On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Louisa May Alcott Society will be hosting a pair of scholarly panels via Zoom:

Alcott and Adaptation

Mon, May 24, 2:00-3:20 pm (Eastern)  


Teaching Alcott: Alcott in Proximity to Other American Realists, Regionalists, Romantics 

Mon, May 24, 3:40-5:00 pm (Eastern)  


These two sessions will be recorded and included in the digital portion of the 2021 American Literature Association Conference, scheduled for July 7-11. 


Jo and Meg
At these sessions, you’ll have a chance to hear short presentations from a range of Alcott scholars and then to ask questions about and join the conversations about these presentations. It will be a unique opportunity to learn more about Alcott from some impressive scholars, just as I know our presenters would value your questions, feedback, and responses to their work.




The Program


Alcott and Adaptation


Chair: Mark Gallagher, University of California, Los Angeles


1. “‘Honest Sentiment’: Little Women on Screen and the Problem of the Sentimental,” Amanda Adams, Muskingum University


2. “Redeeming Amy, Finding Abigail May: Little Women (2019) and the Youngest Sister,” Aryssa Damron, DC Public Library


3. “‘Rowdy and Nothing More’: Writing as Trouble in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and Louisa May Alcott’s Semi-Autobiographical Sketches,” Jaclyn Carver, University of Iowa


4. “From Delight to Drama: Adapting Louisa May Alcott’s ‘An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving,’” Heidi A. Lawrence, University of Glasgow


Teaching Alcott: Alcott in Proximity to Other American Realists, Regionalists, Romantics


Moderator: Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University


1. “Women in the Nineteenth Century: Revising Moods and Revisiting Margaret Fuller,” John J. Kucich, Bridgewater State University

2. “Teaching Alcott and Stowe: The Literary Activism of Regional Writing,” Elif Armbruster, Suffolk University

3. The Possibilities of War and Death: Liminal Space in Alcott and Dickinson,” Gaynor BlandfordBerklee College of Music


4. Alcott’s Proximate Circus: Class, Gender, and Race Under the Lilacs,” David Carlyon, Independent Scholar

5. “Sentimental Realism: Little WomenThe Red Badge of Courage, and Postbellum Contexts,” Kristen Proehl, SUNY-The College at Brockport




A few more details. The event begins at 2:00 pm sharp Eastern time, which means
1:00 pm Central, Noon Mountain, and 11:00 a.m. Pacific. There is no charge, and there is no need to RSVP. 


One more thing. At the end of the second session, at 5:00 Eastern, we will turn off the videorecording and enjoy a virtual social to celebrate our presenters, to talk, and to reconnect. 


We are hoping you can join us, and we looking forward to seeing you then!