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Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (6/1/2010)
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Rodopi Press Amsterdam / Atlanta announces a new series of literary studies entitled Dialogue under the general editorship of Michael J. Meyer. The series will offer new and experienced scholars the opportunity to present alternative readings and approaches to classic texts (those which have received canonical acceptance in either American or Continental Literature). The call for papers on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar will work as follows: the series editor or a guest editor will list several different topics or approaches to Plath’s novel. These topics should have in the past elicited a significant level of disagreement among critics or have an inherent controversial element. Ultimately, the editor will select a number of essays from younger scholars or those with limited publication or more recent PhD degrees and a number of essays from scholars who are considered experts in the field. The latter scholars may write an essay that responds to the topics listed or may be selected by the editor to respond to the paper of a younger scholar. The goal will be to pair the readings and to establish a dialogue between the two respondents. Another possibility would be to share the senior scholar's response with an emerging scholar to establish a sort of Point / Counterpoint reaction. The major goal of the series would be not only to open the door to voices which are already silenced by the selective nature of academic presses but to encourage new approaches and insights that will both enliven The Bell Jar and promote further discussion of the novel. Emerging scholars will be defined by the following criteria: MA ABD or recent PHD, Instructor, lecturer or Asst Prof status , publications limited to articles in journals and monographs and / or chapter studies; they will have 6 years or less from the awarding of a doctoral degree. Experienced scholars will demonstrate the following: teach at the Associate Prof level or above, have at least 7 years experience from the awarding of the PHD, be published in book length studies, and are considered to be an authority or well-known commentator on the title or author.
If interested, please contact Don Tresca at firstname.lastname@example.org
All proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2010.