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Call for Proposals’ Deadline November 20: “In Search of the Interior Borderlands: Where Does the Midwest End and the Great Plains Begin?”

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University seeks proposals for chapters to be included in an edited collection focused on exploring the dividing line, or imagined dividing line, between two of the nation’s understudied regions: the American Midwest and the Great Plains. This interior border has yet to become a significant point of discussion in the broader movement to analyze the borderlands of the United States and this volume is designed to advance the discussion in this direction.

Proposals should explain the author’s general approach to the topic and include the sources to be consulted as well as the author’s curriculum vitae. Topics to be explored include, but are by no means limited to, historical understandings of the Midwest/Great Plains dividing line; the geographical and topographical approaches to designating a dividing line; literary or other cultural understandings of a dividing line; analyses of the regionalist thought and practices which have contributed to belief in a dividing line; agricultural practices which help explain the dividing line; environmental factors such as rainfall, glaciation, river development, and grasses which help to delineate a dividing line; historic and more recent discussions of the taxonomy of American regions, especially the real and imagined boundaries between the Midwest, the Great Plains, and the West; the understandings of Native Americans, American settlers, immigrants, political leaders, environmentalists, geographers, political scientists, and others which help explain the dividing line.

Chapter proposals will be due November 20, 2015.  If a proposal is accepted, the author’s chapter will be due October 21, 2016. Final chapters should be approximately 5,000 words, including notes, and in Chicago style. All proposals should be sent to Harry Thompson, Executive Director of the Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, at harry.thompson@augie.edu. The editor of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck, President of the Midwestern History Association.  The edited collection will be published by the Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, 2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (605-274-4007).

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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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CFP: Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, the most-taught text across disciplines according to the MLA, will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary of publication. Over these forty years it has received much critical attention, as well some rather virulent attacks. This volume will reconsider past readings of The Woman Warrior while offering fresh scholarship geared toward undergraduates and those who teach the text.

We seek original essays of 5,000 words for a collection of essays that explore Kingston’s groundbreaking The Woman Warrior, to be published by Grey House Publishing/Salem Press as part of the Critical Insights series. In line with the expectations of the series, essays should provide instructors, undergraduates, and advanced high school students with a comprehensive introduction to Woman Warrior that they are likely to encounter,discuss, and study in their classrooms; and help students build a foundation for studying the work in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and critical vocabulary found in scholarship.

Volumes in this series follow a uniform format, including four introductory essays (each ~5,000 words):

• “Critical Lens” chapter: offers a close reading of Woman Warrior from a particular critical standpoint;

• “Cultural and Historical Context” chapter: provides a historical overview of the social and cultural factors affecting the production and critical discussions of Woman Warrior;

• “Compare/Contrast” chapter: analysis of thematic and stylistic similarities/differences between Woman Warrior and similar works;

• “Critical Reception” chapter: surveys major scholarship on Woman Warrior while addressing major concerns, or aspects, that scholars have attended to over the years

The collection will also include ten chapters that offer readings of the text, consider it in various contexts, and/or explicate in light of important themes in Woman Warrior. Each essay will be 5,000 words.

Those interested in contributing should send via email a brief abstract (between 500 – 1,000 words) & two-page CV (highlighting relevant experience) by November 30, 2015, to the volume editors at LMoser@Missouristate.edu and kwest@bellarmine.edu.

Acceptance notifications will be sent by December 31, 2015.

Completed essays will be due on or before March 31, 2016, with the possibility of requests for revisions in the month after that. Authors of essays will receive an honorarium of $250 and a copy of the volume (additional copies will likely be available at a discount).

Kathryn West, Professor and Chair, kwest@bellarmine.edu

Linda Trinh Moser, Professor,LMoser@Missouristate.edu


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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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