CFP: [American] Theorizing the Boss (01/07/08; collection)

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Roxanne Harde
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Theorizing the Boss: Critical Readings of the Songs of Bruce Springsteen

We invite chapter proposals for an edited volume of critical theoretical
essays on Bruce Springsteen’s work. We encourage a wide range of
approaches, particularly literary and cultural studies, but chapters
should be written in a style accessible to a non-academic audience.

Chapters might use any number of theoretical approaches to consider
relevant themes in Springsteen’s oeuvre. Here are a few possible themes:

Readings of genre, including the dramatic monologue
American voices: the American dream, Manifest Destiny, or American Ideals
versus American Reality
Prophecy and visionary voices
Narratives of the immigrant and oppressed
The nuclear family and conservatism
Considerations of violence
Springsteen as Catholic apologist/liturgist
We are especially eager for readings of Springsteen’s work alongside the
work of those writers and musicians who have most influenced him,
including, but not limited to, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, John
Steinbeck, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan.

Please send a 500-word proposal and full vita to Roxanne Harde
( and Irwin Streight ( by 7 January
2008. Upon acceptance, articles of around 8000 words will be due 1 June
2008. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Dr. Roxanne Harde, Assistant Professor
University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty
4901 - 46 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta T4V 2R3
206 North Hall, 780-679-1579

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