The Hero's Quest in a 20th or 21st-century 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 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 Heart of Darkness 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 a modern instance of the quest motif in a 20th or 21st-century text, keeping in mind the modifications that the quest motif has undergone in modern times compared to classical heroic journeys.

If interested, submit an abstract by November 12, 2011. Deadline for submitting the 5000 word full chapter is December 20, 2011. There will be a $250 honorarium for the accepted chapter.

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