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

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

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


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.


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


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)


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


Alexander Howe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

University of D.C.

4200 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington D.C. 20008





Christine Jackson, Ph.D.

Professor, Division of Humanities

Nova Southeastern University

3001 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314


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