CFP: Black Women's Writing (6/15/07; online journal issue)

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Black Women’s Writing Revisited: Womanism, Black Consciousness, and
Postcolonial Connections
Special issue of "gender forum" - Guest ed. Sabine Broeck, University of

The special issue means to address a number of literary, essayistic and
political texts by influential black women writers such as Audre Lorde,
Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, Jamaica
Kincaid, Barbara Christian, Hortense Spiller, Sylvia Wynter, Ntozake
Shange, and Michelle Cliff. After a short heyday of public attention in
the late 1980s and early 1990s, these writers have disappeared into
teaching canons of "African-American Literature," “Multicultural USA,”
or “Writing and Gender in the US,” or - outside the US â€" of the only
occasionally taught Black Studies seminar. Over the last years, they
have not received the critical attention necessary to mediate the
brilliancy of their aesthetic and epistemological cultural-political
interventions into the scene of feminism and gender studies, the black
movement, multiculturalism, and postcolonial debates to generations of
scholars who did not immediately witness their immense bestseller
popularity. Our special issue will answer to this need for
reconsideration. Moreover, there are many recent, and younger, writers
and thinkers (for example, Kesho Yvonne Scott, Tina McElroy, Olympia
Vernon, Bebe Moore Campbell, Jewelle Gomez, Elisabeth Alexander,
Michelle Wright) whose work can be addressed as being in dialogue with,
and yet transcending, the work of those earlier writers in terms of
their aesthetics, as well as of the issues they raise.

We welcome single author studies, comparative approaches, and
theoretical contributions, as well as reviews of recent publications on
this issue.

Abstracts and completed manuscripts should be submitted via email to The deadline for abstracts is June 15th, 2007.
Completed articles must be received by September 14th, 2007.

Articles and reviews should conform to the "gender forum" style sheet
(available for download at Articles should not
exceed 8,000 words in length; reviews should be limited to approximately
1,500 words. Please include a bio-blurb of 5-10 lines and an abstract of
10-15 lines. Use endnotes and fully documented references at the end of
the article. For further information, visit our homepage at or contact us via email.

gender forum
Prof. Dr. Beate Neumeier (Editor)
Universität zu Köln
Englisches Seminar
D-50923 Köln

Tel. +49.(0)221.470.3030
Fax +49.(0)221.470.6931


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