CFP: Marcia Muller and American Literature (1/23/06; anthology)

full name / name of organization: 
Alexander Howe
contact email: 
howe_a@comcast.net

Call for Papers: Echoes from a Wild and Lonely Place: Marcia Muller =
and American Literature (Anthology)

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Editors: Christine Jackson, Ph.D. and Alexander Howe, Ph.D.

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Marcia Muller has long been recognized as the mother of the female =
hardboiled detective genre, a title almost immediately garnered with the =
publication of her first novel, Edwin of the Iron Shoes (1977), nearly =
30 years ago. Though her influence on detective fiction has been =
profound, to date scholarship on her work has been limited. This =
scarcity is all the more curious as Muller's now vast opus-comprised of =
32 novels and an extensive list of short stories and articles-continues =
to receive popular and academic acclaim (if not attention), as well as =
numerous national and international mystery writing awards. Beginning =
at last the crucial assessment of Marcia Muller's legacy in American =
fiction, we seek contributions for this anthology of critical and =
analytic essays that address the author's work.

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The essays we include might respond to some of the following items:

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Muller's literary legacy, impact on later detective writers

Muller's work as it connects to changes in the woman's movement

How a particular theory opens specific work(s)

Changes over Muller's career (style, character of McCone, relationships)

Uses of geography/topography in the novels

Crime-solving strategies of Sharon McCone

The role of gender in the McCone novels

Identification of motif patterns, tracing changes

Narrative forms

Economic/class transactions

Muller beyond the McCone Series

The McCone series and its predecessors

Muller and/in the history of detective Fiction

History and memory in the McCone novels

The detective and changing urban space(s)

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One-page abstracts of proposed papers should be submitted by January 23, =
2006, either in hard copy or in the text of an email (subject line: =
"Muller Anthology") to

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Alexander Howe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

University of D.C.

4200 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington D.C. 20008

202-274-5658

howe_a_at_comcast.net

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Christine Jackson, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Humanities

Nova Southeastern University

3001 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

954-262-8209

jackson_at_nova.edu

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cfp categories: 
twentieth_century_and_beyond