David Bowie and Romanticism

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. James Rovira
contact email: 

CFP: David Bowie and Romanticism

Following up on Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming May 2018) and Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018), David Bowie and Romanticism seeks to explore the intersections of David Bowie’s music, film, costume, and personae with eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary, artistic, and musical Romanticisms for the purposes of understanding the transformations of Romanticism from its origins to the present. Consistent with the previous anthologies, “Romanticism” will be understood for the purposes of this study as a transhistorical, transcultural mode of artistic expression rather than a specific period. Contributors are encouraged to consult Sayre and Löwy’s Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity (2001), which develops a taxonomy of Romanticisms unified by their definition of Romanticism as a response to the subject created by capitalism.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Bowie and the chameleon poet
  • Bowie and negative capability
  • Bowie, gender, and Romanticism
  • Bowie and queer Romanticism
  • Bowie, the Gothic, and Romanticism
  • Bowie and Romantic lyric
  • Bowie and Romantic opera
  • Bowie, drug use, and drug literature the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries

This anthology already has a publisher’s interest. By June 30th, 2018, please email a 350 word proposal that includes your name, title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, phone number, preferred email address, 100-150 word biographical statement, and a one to two page recently updated CV to James Rovira at jamesrovira@gmail.com. The best proposals will show evidence of familiarity with recent scholarship on David Bowie, on Romanticism as a field (especially as relevant to your specific approach), and will clearly explain the chapter’s contribution to our understanding of David Bowie, Romanticism, and/or the Romantic figure or work(s) brought into proximity with him. 

Completed papers are requested by August 31st, 2019.

Thanks very much, and have fun with it.