CFP: [African-American] Icons of African American Literature

full name / name of organization: 
Yolanda W. Page
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Contributors are sought to pen entries for a work tentatively titled:
Icons of African American Literature. This reference work will be around
300,000 words, 2 volumes. It will have extended entries on 24 “iconic”
figures of African American literature. Those works are:
1. Angelou, Maya
2. Baldwin, James
3. Beloved
4. Black Arts Movement
5. Black Aesthetic
6. Blues Aesthetic
7. Color Purple, The
8. Ellison, Ralph
9. Harlem Renaissance
10. Hansberry, Lorraine
11. Langston Hughes
12. Hurston, Zora Neale
13. Invisible Man
14. Jazz Aesthetic
15. Morrison, Toni
16. Native Son
17. Raisin in the Sun, A
18. Signifying
19. The Souls of Black Folk
20. Their Eyes Were Watching God
21. Up from Slavery
22. Walker, Alice
23. Wilson, August
24. Wright, Richard

Entries will be fairly substantial, between 10,000 and 15,000 words and
will focus on the enduring, iconic significance of the subject profiled,
including the significance of the subject to popular culture. Entries
will include sidebars of interesting information, such as lists of
bestsellers, film adaptations, and the like, along with brief extracts
from interviews or published works.

Scholars interested in writing one of the entries should send an email
indicating their, first, second and third choice to

Deadline for completed entries is February 1, 2008. Completed manuscripts
should be 20-30 pages in lengthâ€"including bibliography. MLA Style of
documentation should be used. Manuscripts should be generated in MS Word
(or saved in rich text format. Contributors should submit a one-page CV
and a brief biographical statement with the manuscript.

Dr. Yolanda Williams Page
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 North University Dr
Mail Slot 4980
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-8015

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