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CFP: Critical Essays on African American Pulitzer Prize Winning Literature (4/30/07; collection)

Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 10:59pm
Yolanda W. Page

Papers are solicited for a collection of critical essays tentatively titled: Crowned with Laurel: Critical Essays on African American Pulitzer Prize Wining Literature . This collection of essays will examine eleven works by African Americans that have won the country's most prestigious award. Those works are:
  1950: Poetry—Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks
  1970: Drama—No Place to Be Somebody by Charles Gordone
  1978: Fiction—Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
  1982: Drama—A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller
  1983: Fiction—The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  1987: Fiction—Fences by August Wilson
  1987: Poetry—Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove
  1988: Fiction—Beloved by Toni Morrison

CFP: Teaching Toni Morrison (3/31/07; MMLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 10:59pm
Melissa Daniels

Teaching Toni Morrison

Calls for Papers
Midwest Modern Language Association
8-11 November 2007

This panel seeks papers that address pedagogical responses to Toni Morrison. Proposals should
explore/discuss the following issues:

·Representations of black male masculinity
·Class difference
·Canon formation: Where do we situate Morrison in the teaching of American and/or African-American

Email 200 word abstracts, full-length papers, or questions by March 31, 2007 to:

Melissa Daniels
PhD Student
Department of English,
Northwestern University

UPDATE: Funkativity in African American Culture (1/15/07; 3/29/07-3/30/07)

Saturday, December 16, 2006 - 1:16am
Bolden, Anthony

The English Department at The University of Alabama is inviting
proposals for its biannual symposium to be held March 29-30, 2007.
Entitled "Eruptions of Funk," the symposium will provide a venue in
which scholars and artists can engage issues specifically related to
African American cultural memory. Featured speakers include:

Mark Anthony Neal
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Rickey Vincent
Kalamu ya Salaam
Tracie Morris
Cheryl Keyes

CFP: African Americans and the Environment (1/1/07; ASLE, 6/12/07-6/16/07)

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 10:46pm

Panel proposal for the upcoming conference of the Association for the Study of
Literature and Environment at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina,
June 12-16, 2007:

African Americans and the Environment

As ecocriticism continues to expand its borders from the study of traditional
nature writing, so too must the perception of the American “nature experience”
extend beyond what has largely been a white pastime. This panel will consider
literary representations of African Americans and nature by black and white
writers, pre- and post-Civil War, which engage issues of ecological ethics,
environmental justice and activism, agriculture, gardening, and beyond.

CFP: Re-examining Migration (1/10/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 10:46pm
Nash, Will

The African-American Literature and Culture Society invites proposals
related to the following topic, for a session at the American Literature
Association meetings in Boston [May 24-27, 2007].


Re-examining Migration

In recent years, historians like Darlene Clark Hine have called for a
more nuanced look at African American experiences with migration,
highlighting issues such as gender and geography as important focus
points. How have African-American writers responded to this call? What
new types of concerns or themes emerge in contemporary representations
of migration?


 Please send 1-2 page proposals by January 10th to


William R. Nash