Update: Text and Context: Toni Morrison's Life and Work (essay collection).
In 2004, Morrison was commissioned to write forewords to a new edition of her novels. In these Morrison, a writer who normally refutes the confluence between autobiography and creative work, describes her writing process as made up of research, imagination, and memory.
The main objective of this project is to examine Morrison's writing in terms of her life and times and help to locate Morrison's work in the context a life dedicated not only to writing, but also to editing and publishing, teaching, social criticism and political activism. Contributions are currently being sought for a forthcoming collection of essays
exploring the ways Morrison's life has informed both her writing and her perspective on critical aspects such as race, class, and gender.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, please forward a 300-word abstract by April 20th, 2010. The abstract submission should contain the author's name, institution, and the working title of the proposed essay. Submitted manuscripts should be original work, not concurrently submitted to any other publication.
Final essays will be due by August 20th, 2010. The length of a submitted paper should be between 20-25 pages. Please send your proposal and a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org