Special Issue on David Mamet in the 21st Century - Texas Studies in Literature and Language

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May 1, 2021
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David Mamet in the Twenty-First Century

a special issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL)

Edited by Douglas Bruster and Brice Ezell

How might David Mamet’s work in the last twenty years inform our understanding of him as a writer, thinker, and director? This special issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL) seeks contributions on both major and minor works by Mamet in the 2000s. During the twenty-first century, Mamet has written such plays as November (2008), Race (2009), The Anarchist (2012), China Doll (2015), and Bitter Wheat (2019); films like State and Main (2000), Heist (2001), Redbelt (2008), and Phil Spector (2013); television work for The Unit (2006-9);fiction such as Wilson (2000), Three War Stories (2013), and Chicago (2018); and non-fiction such as The Wicked Son (2006) and The Secret Knowledge (2011), and the controversial Village Voice essay of 2008. If Mamet’s declared political conversion in that essay marked a clear and highly publicized personal turning point, less examined are the stylistic shifts of his post-2000 career, such as his experiments in farce (e.g. Romance, 2005) and Renaissance adaption (e.g. Faustus, 2004). Thus while contributors may attend to Mamet’s twentieth-century output to shed light on these more recent works, this special issue will gather foundational essays on the understudied last twenty years of this writer and director’s career.

Submissions should be 5,000-8,000 words, inclusive of notes and works cited, formatted in the most recent version of Word and MLA format (TSLL uses the MLA Handbook, 8th edition), double-spaced in Courier font and 12-point type. Any images must have copyright secured or in negotiation.

Essays and queries to bruster@austin.utexas.edu and briceezell@utexas.edu by the submission deadline of May 1, 2021.