UPDATE: [African-American] Critical Perspectives on Percival Everett

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Keith B. Mitchell
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Thus far the CFP for the first collection of critical essays on the
African American/ American writer Percival Everett has been very
successful. We have received a number of wonderful abstracts that address
many aspects of Everett’s work. However, we are still looking for
submissions to round out the manuscript. Specifically we are looking for
essays on the following texts by Everett: Walk Me to the Distance (1985),
Cutting Lisa (1986; re-issued 2000), Zulus (1990), For Her Dark Skin
(1990), God's Country (1994), The Body of Martin Aguilera (1994), Frenzy
(1997), American Desert (2004), and The Water Cure (2007). Everett is one
of the most gifted yet under-considered African American/American writers
working today. In a brilliant career that spans over twenty-five years,
Everett has written sixteen novel, three short story collections, one
children’s book and one highly acclaimed collection of poetry. Yet,
unlike his contemporaries John Edgar Wideman and Charles Johnson, there
has been a dearth of serious critical attention given to this most
important author. This important collection of essays seeks to remedy
this oversight. Perspective topics include:

1. Percival Everett and the African American Literary Tradition
2. Percival Everett’s Western Novels
3. Re-imagining the West in Percival Everett’s Novels and Short
4. Percival Everett: Literary Theory and Philosophy
5. Percival Everett and American Publishing
6. Women (or Lack thereof) in Percival Everett’s Novels and/or Short
7. Eco-criticism on Percival Everett’s fiction
8. Percival Everett and Western and Non-Western Mythology
9. Percival Everett and Speculative Fiction
10. Percival Everett and the Grotesque
11. Percival Everett and Religion
12. Percival Everett and Identity Politics
13. Violence in the Novels of Percival Everett
14. The Other Percival Everett: Short Story Writer/Poet/Children’s
Book Author

Please submit 300-500 word proposals/abstract/queries by December 1, 2008
to: Dr. Keith B. Mitchell, University of Massachusetts at Lowell,
Department of English, O’Leary Library, 61 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA
01854, keith_mitchell_at_uml.edu or Dr. Robin Vander, Xavier University of
Louisiana, Department of English, New Orleans, LA 70125-1098,

NOVELS: Suder (1983), Walk Me to the Distance (1985), Cutting Lisa (1986;
re-issued 2000), Zulus (1990), For Her Dark Skin (1990), God's Country
(1994), The Body of Martin Aguilera (1994), Watershed (1996), Frenzy
(1997), Glyph (1999), Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001) [Novella], Erasure
(2001), A History of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom
Thurmond, as Told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid (2004), American
Desert (2004), Wounded: a novel (2005), The Water Cure (2007)

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS: The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: Stories
(1987), Big Picture (1996), Damned If I Do: Stories (2004)

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: The One That Got Away (1992)

POETRY COLLECTIONS: re:f (gesture) (2006)

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