A Companion to the Prose Poem (Mary Ann Caws and Michel Delville, eds.)

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Mary Ann Caws and Michel Delville (CUNY/University of Liège)
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A Companion to the Prose Poem (Mary Ann Caws and Michel Delville, eds.)

We welcome proposals for a collection of essays on the prose poem we are editing. 

We are looking for chapters of between 4,000 and 6,000 words. Ideally, essay chapters would be somewhat comparative, working with a range of old and recent texts or writers from an international perpective. The book is being designed with graduate students largely in mind. Each essay will hopefully be a thoughtful introduction to some period, (sub)genre, controversy, geographical/cultural area or “school” of the prose poem. They will include both discussion of the key poets and poems and the most important scholarship in the area being discussed.
 
Working titles are welcome by July 10 and a 250-word abstract by August 15, 2018. There will be much more time to write the essay.

Below is a list of possible angles that might help generate some ideas and provide an expanded description of the book.

Mary Ann Caws and Michel Delville

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A Companion to the Prose Poem – possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Periodizing and anthologizing the prose poem

  • (sub-)genres, styles and forms

  • Language writing and the New Sentence

  • African American prose poetry

  • - The prose poem and the visual arts

  • The prose poem and narrative genres

  • The prose poem and/in translation

  • Objects and thing poems

  • The emergence of the prose poem

  • The prose poem and the European avant-garde

  • The prose poem and the lyric

  • The prose poem outside the Western world

  • Symbolism and Decadence

  • The prose poem and the confessional mode

  • the prose poem and the moving image

  • the prose poem and painting

  • geographies of the prose poem

  • Cubist prose poetry

  • The prose poem and microfition

  • Major figures in prose poetry

  • the politics and aesthetics of the prose poem

  • little magazines and small presses

  • The prose poem and the city

  • The prose poem and the critics

  • The prose poem and the essay

  • Prose poets and fabulists

  • The prose poem and journalistic prose

  • The prose poem and concrete poetry

  • The prose poem and postcolonial writing

  • The prose poem and the language of science

  • The prose poem and philosophy

  • The prose poem and the ideology of genre

  • The surrealist prose poem

The prose poem and uncreative writing