Soundings - Critical Essays on Alice Oswald (31/12/2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Kym Martindale - University College Falmouth; Niamh Downing - University of Exeter

Book collection: Soundings: Critical Essays on Alice Oswald
Editors: Kym Martindale and Niamh Downing
Description: we are currently accepting proposals for a collection of critical essays on the work of British poet Alice Oswald, tentatively entitled Soundings. Oswald is largely thought of, in the popular arena at least, as a poet of place/nature/environment. This is understandable, but there is a growing critical interest in her poetry for its explorations of boundaries or thresholds, as aperture and opening/s. We wish to extend and consolidate such readings, and accordingly, seek proposals that promise to treat one or more of the following themes in Oswald's work to-date: Form, Sound, Time (see below for possible topics within these headings). We welcome particularly, proposals which are attentive to how Oswald engages with or deploys form/sound/time to offer a poetry that apparently resists containment and categories. We are also keen to see readings of Oswald's in the contexts of other poets both past and present, British, American, Australian and European, as well as case studies of different engagements with her work in performance.
Possible topics:
- Form: text/uality, narrative/trajectories, lyric, formlessness, ellipsis, (the) body/ies
- Sound: voice/s, archives, listening, performance, music, 'I/not-I', soundscape/landscape
- Time: memory, history/ies: oral, literary; place, change, modernity, time/s, eg. poetic/geological/narrative
Timeline: proposals due 31 December 2010.
Proposals should be:
- Approx 300-500 words
- Include name, affiliation, and contact details
- Submitted as Microsoft Word
- Sent to both and
We will respond to proposals by the end of January 2011, and ask for essays of 7-8000 words (format tbc) by 31 July 2011.
Contact information: Kym Martindale, and Niamh Downing