CFP: Literary Theory in Its Historical Context (July 1st, 2011-Nov. 1st, 2011)

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James Rovira
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CFP: Edited anthology, The Historical Contexts of Literary Theory

We are seeking essays about major figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries important to literary theory for the edited anthology The Historical Contexts of Literary Theory. Extending the work of Peter C. Herman's Historicizing Theory (SUNY Press, 2004), this volume seeks to contextualize the works of prominent philosophers, psychologists, social scientists, and literary theorists who have made significant contributions to the rise and development of literary theory within these authors' biographical, cultural, intellectual, and socio-political history. Each contribution should include a brief overview of the major works and ideas of each author, how those ideas developed over time and have been employed by literary theory, an overview of the author's biographical, cultural, intellectual, and socio-political history, and then a reading of the author's ideas as a response to this history. We do not seek essays that either ignore history or reduce an author's work to its historical context: we seek essays that approach an author's work as an engagement with and response to that history. We seek essays on figures from Marx and Freud to the present but are open to proposals on earlier figures.

Brief CVs and 500 word abstracts should be emailed in Word or .rtf format to by November 1st, 2011.

James Rovira, Tiffin University
Sherry Truffin, Campbell University