McCartney 21: Call for Essays on Sir Paul in the 21st Century

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Samuel Lyndon Gladden
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McCartney 21: Sir Paul in the New Century

A call for papers for an edited collection


Much has been written about the life and career of Sir James Paul McCartney, particularly in terms of his work with the Beatles and Wings as well as as a solo artist in the 1980s and 90s, but little scholarly attention has been paid to his output in the twenty-first century. During the almost two decades since the turn of the century, McCartney has released albums of covers and of original material, including pop, classical, and experimental music as well as collaborations with musicians associated more closely with electronica and rap. As the new century dawned, he emerged as a key figure in the early responses to the tragedy of 9/11. He continues to be embraced by young and old around the globe, arguably having become one of the most famous—and the most celebrated—people in the world. Essays for this collection will address all aspects of McCartney’s life and work particularly as they respond to twenty-first century shifts in music, technology, culture, and notions of celebrity. 500-word abstracts are invited for chapters rooted in scholarship as well as existing studies of McCartney’s life and work. Abstracts and CVs in Word or PDF, listing recent and/or relevant publications and courses, are due by 1 December to <gladden> or by mail to Samuel Lyndon Gladden, Associate Dean and Professor of Literature, College of Human Sciences and Humanities, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX, 77058-1022. Full proposal will be sent to potential publishers during Spring 2019.