Mark Twain is an author strongly associated with place, whether it be Hannibal, Missouri, the sleepy hamlet of his childhood; Hartford, Connecticut, the city where he built his lavish mansion; or San Francisco, California, the platform from which he launched his literary career. Yet you might be surprised to learn that Twain wrote *Huckleberry Finn* and many of his most well-known works in Elmira, New York, the peculiar community where his wife, Olivia Langdon, was born. This episode showcases the impact of Elmira’s abolitionist, feminist, socialist, and philanthrocapitalist legacies on Twain’s work, highlighting his interactions with political radicals like Thomas K. Beecher, John W. Jones, and Annis Ford Eastman. This episode was produced by Matt Seybold, resident scholar at the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies. He is joined by the voice of Hal Holbrook—star and subject of the 2019 documentary "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey"—as well as Will Holbrook, and past Quarry Farm Fellows.
For more information on Quarry Farm Fellowships, Trouble Begins lectures, or the Center for Mark Twain Studies, please visit
MarkTwainStudies.org. Music by the Chicago-based Compass Rose Sextet and Steve Webb. Additional production support by Ashley Rattner (Tusculum University). Full episode transcript available here: bit.ly/C19PodS03E03.
This episode explores the extraordinary efforts that Elizabeth Melville undertook, after her husband Herman's death, to republish his books and to preserve his records. Examining the way that Elizabeth's efforts were written out of the "Melville Studies" that her labors helped to found, we consider larger philosophical questions about how many lives stand behind the career that One Great Man gets to have. This episode was produced by Adam Fales (U Chicago) and Jordan Alexander Stein (Fordham), and it features Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore), Meredith Farmer (Wake Forest), Laura Heffernan (U North Florida), Natasha Hurley (U Alberta), Wyn Kelley (MIT), Laurie Robertson-Lorant (U Mass Dartmouth), and Elizabeth Renker (Ohio State). Additional production support by Rachel Boccio.
Call for Proposals: C19 Podcast Episodes
Have you loved our podcast? Used it for a class or listened to it on your daily commute? Want to get in on the action? Now is the time. This podcast exists for and because of people like you—and we need YOUR episode ideas as we move into our third season! (Can you believe it’s already been two years? Binge the first two seasons here.)
Draw upon your latest research or teaching, topical events that spark connections the C19, and conversations among great people pushing the boundaries of our field. We invite proposals from individuals and collaborators of all ranksfor single podcast episodes on creative, thoughtful approaches to critical topics that can engage C19 members and the wider public.
The next deadline is December 20—make your voice heard!
No previous experience with podcasting is required.However, while the C19 Podcast Subcommittee will assign producers to help guide technical development, applicants will be expected to produce their own audio files. Requirements for significant production assistance from the Subcommittee should be noted in the proposal pitch.
We seek proposals on any topic relating to long nineteenth-century American literature, culture, and history. Episode topics might include:
Discussions of new books in the field, new scholarly trends, or newJ19 issues;
Appearances by granting agency officers or editors of journals or presses;
Previews of upcoming conferences or symposia;
Resources and/or workshops on conference proposals, writing a dissertation, or applying to a conference, or starting a new book project;
Reports on academic activism, pedagogy, and inclusion, past and present;
Considerations of current political, cultural, and social developments in the context of the nineteenth century;
Discussions of pedagogical approaches;
Tips and resources for undergraduates, graduates, and/or NTT and junior faculty on navigating the academic or alt-ac landscape.
Possible formats may include (but are not limited to) narrative expositions, interviews, analyses of underrepresented texts, and panel discussions.
Applications should include a brief proposal, CV(s), and an appendix.Proposals (max 300 words) should address the following: the topic and its relevance; the plan for adapting the topic to the podcast medium (30 min max episode); the episode format (interview, narrative, etc.) with an overview of the structure; and relevant scholarly and technical qualifications related to the subject. The appendix (1 page) may include sample questions for interviews, additional participants (if any), and logistics in terms of access to resources, equipment, and technical help.
Submissions and any questions should be addressed to Doug Guerra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Cherokee Phoenix, February 21, 1828