CFP: [American] Essays on the Political Memoir

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Stephanie Li
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CFP: Essays on the Political Memoir

Detailed abstracts are solicited for a collection of essays focused on
contemporary U.S. political memoirs. As the 2008 Presidential election
approaches, candidates have increasingly sought to present themselves to
the public through self-authored books that detail their personal and
political lives. In light of this striking phenomena, we seek papers that
examine various aspects of the political memoir: its genre form, effect on
voters, social and political consequences, rhetorical style and its use as
a mode of self-representation. What qualities define political memoir as
a genre? What effect do political memoirs have on voter perceptions,
voting behavior, or election outcomes? How was the form changed in the
past century? In what ways can it operate as an effective political tool?

This proposed volume will concentrate specifically on American presidential
memoirs published after 1950, seeking to explore its uses from a range of
different historical, cultural and stylistic perspectives. The collection
will be interdisciplinary in nature, and we welcome contributors from
Political Science, History, English and Cultural Studies. Our aim is to
compile a series of essays that assess the ways in which political memoirs
shape perceptions of candidates and office holders while providing a
historical trajectory of this genre’s key developments.

Please email an abstract (as MS Word attachment and pasted into the email)
of approximately 500 words along with a CV to Stephanie Li at by November 15, 2007.

Stephanie Li, University of Rochester
Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, University of Rochester

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