UPDATE Soliciting an essay on Moby Dick as quest narrative
Inviting proposals for a chapter on Moby Dick to be included in an upcoming volume titled "The Hero's Quest."
This volume will be part of Salem Press' and EBSCO's Critical Insights series, a literary criticism series designed to introduce high school and undergraduate students to commonly studied works, authors, and literary themes. Broadly conceived, the Hero's Quest book will consider poetry, fiction, and drama in which a character undertakes an actual or metaphorical journey to reach some physical, emotional, or spiritual objective, manifesting heroism and self-transformation in the process. Classics like Gilgamesh and the Odyssey are naturally be a part of it, but the book is also oriented towards more contemporary works, like Joyce's Ulysses, Margaret Atwood's Surfacing, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Methodologically, this volume is based on a pretty straight-forward history-of-ideas, literary-historical, and genre approach, with an judicious input of myth theory.
There will be four conceptual chapters and eleven literary-critical chapters in this book. The editors are still seeking a contributor who will write a chapter on Moby Dick, treating the novel as a specimen of the heroic quest narrative.
Interested contributors are encouraged to react promptly to this call for papers, as the deadline for finalizing the table of contents is fast approaching.
Please submit a 300-400 word abstract by April 6 to: Bernard Schweizer, firstname.lastname@example.org.