CFP: [American] Willa Cather and Aestheticism, a Volume of Essays

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Sarah Cheney Watson
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Call for Papers

Sarah Watson and Ann Moseley are co-editing a volume of essays to be
entitled Willa Cather and Aestheticism. We are seeking insightful and
well-written (not previously published) essays that explore connections
between Willa Cather and relevant aspects of aestheticism, especially of
the Nineteenth-Century Aesthetic Movement. In making connections to
Cather’s life, career, and art, writers may want to include social,
cultural, and historical elements, but the focus should be clearly
grounded in Cather’s work itself. Possible topics include the following,
but other aspects regarding the relationship between Cather and the
Aesthetic Movement will be considered:

• The relevance to Cather of basic tenets of the Aesthetic Movement,
especially as advocated and promoted by its leader Walter Pater

• The Aesthetic Movement’s reaction against didacticism in literature and
art as related to Cather

• The interest in medievalism and chivalry as reflected in the Aesthetic
Movement and its forerunner, the Pre-Raphaelite Movement

• Spiritual and religious elements of the Aesthetic Movement (or of
aestheticism) as related to Cather

• The Aesthetic Movement in painting, visual art, architecture, and/or
material culture, as related to Cather

• Connections between the “art for art’s sake” element of the Aesthetic
Movement and Cather

• Gender issues arising out of the Aesthetic Movement as related to Cather

• The connection between the Aesthetic Movement and Modernism as related
to Cather

• A more general and theoreticalâ€"but ultimately focusedâ€"concept of
aestheticism from the past and present as related to Cather’s work

A 350 to 400-word abstract and a 100 to 150-word biography should be
submitted to Sarah Watson (with a copy to Ann Moseley) no later than Nov.
1, 2008. Final essays of approximately 4000-5000 words (15-20 double-
spaced pages), including notes and Works Cited, will be accepted through
July 15, 2009. We will announce publication plans before papers are due.

Contact information:
Sarah Cheney Watson (Please note: away from computer 23 July - 15 Aug,
Professor of English
1209 N. Grove
East Texas Baptist University
Marshall, Texas 75670


Ann Moseley
Professor of Literature & Languages
Hall of Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, Texas 75429

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