The Hero's Quest in a Classical or Medieval Text

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Bernard Schweizer
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We urgently seek a replacement chapter for an upcoming volume of criticism on literary works that deal with the theme of the hero's quest. The volume will be part of Salem Press's 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 considers poetry, fiction, and drama in which a character undertakes an actual or metaphorical journey to reach some physical, emotional, or spiritual objective of great importance, manifesting heroism and self-transformation in the process. The chapters in this book cover classics of the genre like Gilgamesh and The Odyssey but also modern quest narratives like Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Methodologically, this volume is based on a history-of-ideas, literary-historical, and genre approach.

The book is at a late stage of editing, but we are short one chapter. The qualified chapter should focus on the the quest motif in either The Aeneid, Augustine's Confessions, Boewulf, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, or another suitable Classical, Medieval, or Early-Modern text.

If interested, submit a 400 word abstract by October 31, 2011. Deadline for submitting the 5000 word full chapter is December 15, 2011. There will be a $250 honorarium for the accepted chapter.

Please contact Bernard Schweizer, Assoc. Prof. of English (Long Island University):