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CFP: Teaching Western American Literature

We invite submissions for a proposed collection of essays on teaching western American literature. If, as scholars and teachers of Western literatures and cultures, we regularly share our research, we perhaps do not as often get the chance to share new and innovative strategies for teaching courses or individual works in Western studies. Our volume seeks to fill this gap by offering a range of essays on teaching Western literatures and cultures that will appeal to specialists and non-specialists, faculty and graduate students, and experienced and inexperienced instructors alike. We are particularly interested in critically, historically, and theoretically informed essays that address practical aspects of course, assignment, and/or curricular design and that offer pioneering (or tried-and-true) strategies and approaches to specific pedagogical issues, subfields, classroom technologies, secondary or supplementary materials, authors, and texts. We also welcome essays that offer strategies for bringing Western literary and cultural studies and courses into the broader disciplines of literary and cultural studies.

Possible essay topics include approaches to teaching:

  • Indigenous writing of and about the west
  • Pre-1900 western literature and chronological definitions of western literature
  • Gender, feminism, and queer approaches to western literature
  • Western literatures as counter-histories
  • Borders, frontiers, and geographical definitions of the west
  • Place, identity, and critical regionalism
  • Westerns and the post-west
  • Visual culture and images of the west
  • Literature and environment
  • Western Studies and Disability Studies
  • Racial, ethnic, and religious difference in western literature
  • The west in local, national, and global contexts
  • Teaching western literature to millennial students, veterans, and first-generation college students

250-500 word proposals should be sent to the editors by May 1, 2016. For those asked to contribute to the collection, we anticipate that completed essays of approximately 20 pages (MLA formatting) will be due by Nov. 15, 2016.

 Please contact:

Randi Tanglen •  Department of English • Austin College •  Sherman, TX 75090
Brady Harrison • Department of English • University of Montana • Missoula, MT 59812

Or send an email to: teachingwesternliterature@gmail.com            

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CFP // SWAMP SOUTHS: LITERARY AND CULTURAL ECOLOGIES (Edited Collection)

A decade ago, two groundbreaking works seriously introduced the representation of swamps in literature and popular culture into critical discussion: Tynes Cowan’s The Slave in the Swamp: Disrupting the Plantation Narrative (2005) and Anthony Wilson’s Shadow and Shelter: The Swamp in Southern Culture (2006). Since the publication of these volumes, developments in geocritical, ecocritical, posthumanist, and critical animal studies; continued developments in scholarship on Native American cultures and literatures; new novels, poems, films, television programs, comics, and other cultural productions; further developments in the new Southern Studies; and rapidly changing ecological circumstances (the escalating disappearance of coastal wetlands, as well as the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe) have all presented new vocabularies and critical frameworks uniquely suited to furthering thinking about swamps. In light of these developments and in order to revisit and continue the critical examination of swamps, we believe this is a good moment to bring together the insights of multiple scholars in a collection: Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies. A major university press has confirmed interest in this project.

The editors—Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, Kirstin Squint, and Anthony Wilson—invite a wide range of essays that consider swamps in literature and popular culture from any era. The following ideas are provided as guidance:

• geocritical, ecocritical, posthumanist, critical animal studies frameworks
• comparative transnational or global studies approaches
• Southern swamps as “shelter” for runaway slaves, American Indians, Cajuns, and other marginalized peoples
• the implications of global climate change on human populations indigenous to Southern swamps such as the Seminole, Miccosukee, Houma, and Point au Chien peoples
• swamp-centric narratives as reflections of the impact of global climate change
• portrayals of Southern swamps in television and movies, particularly as a result of the evolution of “Hollywood South”
• portrayals of Southern swamps in regional music including Cajun and zydeco or in popular music by artists such as Tab Benoit, Hank Williams, and others
• the ways that genre fiction writers such as James Lee Burke, Anne Rice, Carl Hiaasen, and Randy Wayne White use swamps as narrative tools
• how artistic and cultural artifacts such as Chitimacha baskets or the paintings of George Rodrigue reflect and tell stories about swamps
• why monsters, ghosts, vampires, and loup garou so often populate narratives of Southern swamps

500 word proposals should be sent to editors Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, Kirstin Squint, and Anthony Wilson at swampsouths@gmail.com by June 15, 2016.

For those asked to contribute to the collection, we anticipate that completed essays of approximately 5,000-6,000 words will be due by June 15, 2017. Proposals from both established and emerging scholars are welcomed, as is work from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 

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Tenure track position for an Assistant Professor in Ethnic American Literature (Univ. of Central Oklahoma)

The Department of English at the University of Central Oklahoma invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, effective August 2016. We are seeking a scholar who will offer courses in the area of Ethnic American literature. A Ph.D. in English (or a related field) with a specialization in African American or Latina(o) literature is required.

For more information, see the job announcement at  https://jobs.uco.edu/postings/10833.

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Tenure track position for an Assistant Professor English American Literature (Univ. of Wisconsin Green Bay)

Starting date: August 22, 2016

See full description on their website: http://www.uwgb.edu/hr/jobs/position197.html 

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Open Access to the Encyclopedia of American Studies

Published by Johns Hopkins University Press for the American Studies Association (ASA), the Encyclopedia of American Studies covers the history, philosophy, arts, and cultures of the United States in relation to the world, from pre-colonial days to the present, from various perspectives and the global American Studies movement. With over 800 online, searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material, the Encyclopedia of American Studies is the leading reference work for American Studies. Access to content on this site is open to the public and is subject to copyright protection.

 

 

 

 

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