African American Icons, September 30, 2010 [Update]

full name / name of organization: 
Yolanda Williams Page
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Contributors are sought to pen remaining entries for a work tentatively titled: Icons of African American Literature (Greenwood Press 2011). This reference work will be approximately 300,000 words, 2 volumes. It will include extended entries on 24 “iconic” figures of African American literature. Remaining entries are:

1. Dunbar, Paul Laurence. (To include a discussion of dialect poetry)

2. Gates, Henry Louis. (To include a discussion of his impact on black literary studies, including culture and thought)

3. Harris, E. Lynn. (To include a discussion of his impact on contemporary black gay literature)

4. McMillan, Terry. (To include a discussion of her impact on African American pop fiction)

5. Slave Narrative (to include a discussion of the genre and the classic texts: The Life of Olaudah Equiano, The History of Mary Prince, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl)

Entries will be fairly substantial, between 10,000 and 15,000 words and will focus on the enduring, iconic significance of the subject profiled, including the significance of the subject to popular culture. Entries will include sidebars of interesting information, such as lists of bestsellers, film adaptations, and the like, along with brief extracts from interviews or published works.

Scholars interested in writing one of the entries should send an email indicating their first, and second choice to

Deadline for completed entries is September 30, 2010. Completed manuscripts should be 20-30 pages in length—including bibliography. MLA Style of documentation should be used. Manuscripts should be generated in MS Word (or saved in rich text format). Contributors should submit a one-page CV and a brief biographical statement with the manuscript.

Dr. Yolanda Williams Page
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Department of English, Theatre and Mass Communications
1200 North University Drive
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-8015

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