CFP: American Fiction after 2000 (5/1/07; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Sebastian Domsch

We are seeking contributions to a collection on "American fiction after
2000" that has already been accepted by the publisher "Edition Text &
Kritik" for publication in late 2007 or early 2008. Since this is a German
publishing house with readers both inside and outside the academic world,
all articles will have to be in German. Outstanding contributions will be
considered for translation, though.

The collection wants to provide an overview of current trends in American
fiction, highlighting important authors and texts, but also analysing
broader developments. A number of contributors have already accepted to
participate. We are now especially interested in contributions to the
following proposed chapters:

- From Postmodernism to "Hysterical Realism": The Return to the Grand Novel
(Franzen, Wallace, Eugenides etc.)
- Re-Telling the Shoah (Foer, Littell, Kraus, Bukiet etc.)
- Post-postmodern Autobiographies (Eggers, JT LeRoy etc.)
- Faked authenticity: Mockumentaries
- 9/11 in fiction/comics etc. (Foer, Gibson, Spiegelman)
- Narrating terror (Updike, Roth)
- America's topography of fear: the "outback" in literature and film
- Cultural hybridity
- Bi-lingual authors between identification and alienation

Of course, interesting proposals outside these topics will be considered as
well, as long as they concentrate on more than one author and on works
published around or after 2000. Abstracts of 250 words, together with a
short biography, should be handed in via email by Mai 1st 2007 to

Sebastian Domsch
Department of English and American Studies
University of Munich

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