On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed: Contemporary Reassessments (12/09)
On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed:
Under this working title, Paul Tayyar (Golden West, California) and Sämi Ludwig (UHA Mulhouse, France) want to collect the views of young scholars and artists who represent yet another generation cherishing Ishmael Reed's work. After a furious start in the 1960s, Reed found a place in the contemporary African-American canon in the 1970s when some major criticism appeared on his writing. In the 1980s interest in him slackened--although we know that many young scholars in particular love his stories, his poems, and his essays.
These are critics whose assessments we want to collect. The aim of our new book is to give voice to a group of scholars for whom Reed is no longer the young radical (Reed himself made fun of "fifty-years old sixties radicals" in Japanese by Spring), but a very special kind of grey-haired sage. We want to find out what Reed's oeuvre means to the young generation. What is the significance of his aesthetic legacy in 2010? Contributions on any aspect of his cultural relevance are welcome.
In addition, we welcome creative work that celebrates or is inspired by Reed's career: paintings of characters or places from his novels, poetry written in the style of his verses, personal narratives about how Reed's work has influenced or inspired you.
Please send copies of your prospective contributions to both editors Paul Tayyar , Sämi LUDWIG by the end of the year.