CFP: [American] An Interethnic Approach to American Self-WritinG

full name / name of organization: 
Bego Simal
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Call for contributions

Editors seek full-length contributions for a book intended for the RODOPI series CAEAL (Critical
Approaches to Ethnic American Literature).

Tentative title: Selves in Dialog: An Interethnic Approach to American Self-Writing.
Corpus: autobiographical texts written by US authors of different “ethnic/racial” backgrounds.

Topics and theoretical approach: any comparative intra/inter-ethnic study of self/life-writing
from a variety of perspectives, e.g. addressing

- identity construction and auto-ethnography
- individual and collaborative autobiography
- mimetic and anti-mimetic approaches to self-writing
- environmental issues in autobiographical writing
- class issues in autobiographical writing
- race and ethnicity issues in autobiographical writing
- gender and sexuality issues in autobiographical writing
- American traditional “subgenres” (slave narratives, captivity narratives…) and/or new forms of
- self-writing in drama and poetry
- visual vs textual approaches to life writing
- other genre and formal issues in autobiographical texts

Deadline: Please e-mail full manuscripts (5000-6000 words, MLA style), a 300-word abstract
and a one-page bio to Bego Simal ( by November 1, 2008.

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