Jonathan Bayliss Society

The Jonathan Bayliss Society supports Bayliss-related research or conference travel. For 2020, the Jonathan Bayliss Society will award recipients in each of the following categories:  (a) reimbursement up to $500 in travel expenses to present an accepted Bayliss-related paper at the annual ALA conference in San Diego and (b) $350 to present an accepted paper on Bayliss at another relevant conference such as MLA or at the September 2020 Jonathan Bayliss Society Annual Conference in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Recipients must join the Jonathan Bayliss Society for the calendar year in which they receive their awards. 

May 2020 American Literature Association - San Diego

The Jonathan Bayliss Society invites proposals for roundtable discussions at the American Literature Association's 31st annual conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California, May 21-25, 2020 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). 

Roundtable 1: Politics and American Literature

In addition to the novels of Jonathan Bayliss, presenters might consider the work of such writers as Henry Adams, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Robert Penn Warren, Ayn Rand, Philip Roth, Ursula LeGuin, Michael Chabon, and Toni Morrison, among many others. 

Roundtable 2: Marriage and Other Domestic Entanglements in American Literature

The potential subjects for this topic are far too many to list, but a small beginning might include Jonathan Bayliss, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Kate Chopin, Henry James, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, John Updike, Gillian Flynn, Lauren Groff, and Tayari Jones. 

Please submit abstract of 200-300 words for either or both topics to by January 15, 2020. Please include your mailing address, email, and telephone number.

Information about the American Literature Association and the annual conference is available at

September 2020 Annual Jonathan Bayliss Society Conference - Gloucester

Short papers on the work of Jonathan Bayliss are invited to be presented at the annual conference of the Jonathan Bayliss Society September 12-13, 2020, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  All those interested in Bayliss's work are invited to be considered for presentation. Send abstracts by June 15, 2020, to

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