Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest -- Edited Collection published by Rodopi (Abstracts due 7/1/11; Essays due 3/1/12

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Michael Y. Bennett / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest: The Manner of Comedy

Edited by Michael Y. Bennett
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Rodopi Press Amsterdam / New York continues its series of literary studies entitled "Dialogue" under the general editorship of Michael J. Meyer. The series offers 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 will work as follows: The series editor or a guest editor (in this case, Michael Y. Bennett, editor of Refiguring Oscar Wilde's Salome [Rodopi, 2011]) will list several different topics or approaches to the text in question (in this case, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest). 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 6 essays from younger scholars or those with limited publication or more recent PhD degrees and 6 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 text and promote further discussion of the work in question. Presently, for example, plans are being made for a volume which will feature Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and will be edited by Ranjan Ghosh and volumes on T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland and Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood will also appear. Emerging scholars will be defined by the following criteria: M.A., A.B.D., or recent Ph.D., Instructor, Lecturer or Assistant Professor 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 Professor level or above, have at least 7 years experience from the awarding of the Ph.D., be published in book length studies, and are considered to be an authority or well-known commentator on the title or author.

For inquiries, a list of topics, and/or abstracts (please include a c.v.), please contact Michael Y. Bennett at bennettm@uww.edu. Abstracts are due by July 1, 2011. Essays will be due by March 1, 2012.