Essays on Mildred Taylor

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tammy L. Mielke, Sarah Hardstaff & Michelle H. Martin / University Press of Mississippi
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CfP: Essays on Mildred Taylor (Edited Collection)

Editors: Tammy L. Mielke, Sarah Hardstaff and Michelle H. Martin

Since the publication of Song of the Trees in 1975, Mildred D. Taylor’s award-winning Logan family novels have presented complex representations of black characters, family, community, cultural and political life that defy the often stereotypical representations found in children’s literature at large. Yet there has been considerably less critical engagement with Taylor’s work than might be expected. For this anthology we are seeking contributions that examine numerous aspects of Taylor’s work and its wider impact.

This anthology is under advanced contract with University Press of Mississippi.

We are particularly interested in proposals for pieces that reflect on Taylor’s legacy and influence on writers, activists and scholars of color.

Essays are invited on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical readings: Critical Race Theory; gender analysis
  • Historical considerations: Jim Crow South; Great Depression; middle class black life during the Depression; the politics of land ownership vs. sharecropping
  • Resistance; social justice; insider/outsider
  • Storytelling; family memories
  • Analysis of film and theatre adaptations of Taylor’s work
  • Discussions of translations of Taylor’s works into other languages
  • Examination of book covers of different versions of Taylor’s books
  • Comparative readings: Connections between Taylor’s texts; comparative analysis between Taylor’s work and that of other authors; culture of the South
  • Reconsiderations of critical articles previously published on Taylor’s works
  • Empathy; child agency; the knowing child
  • Eco-critical readings of the texts; pastoral and anti-pastoral; land politics
  • Legacy: Taylor’s impact and ongoing relevance and her body of work as foundational to other contemporary African American children’s and YA literature
  • Canonicity; awards; new black classics

We encourage potential contributors to contact us with ideas prior to writing or submitting proposals. Contributors should then submit a 500-700 word abstract with thesis and discussion of the essay’s organization along with a sample bibliography (not included in the word count).

Abstracts due March 15, 2019

Notice of acceptance April 15, 2019

Full essays due August 1, 2019

Please email proposals and questions to: Tammy L. Mielke: Tammy.Mielke@nau.edu, Sarah Hardstaff: sflh2@cam.ac.uk and Michelle H. Martin: mhmarti@uw.edu