Left in the West, a collection of critical essays. Proposals due October 15

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Dr. Gioia Woods, Northern Arizona University
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Please send 500-word abstracts for a book collection of essays exploring the literary and cultural left in the American West. Final essays should be 6000-7000 words and should in some way examine how the political left is deployed in the literature or visual culture of the American West in the twentieth century. Topics can include author and genre studies, cultural phenomenon, textual issues, political embodiment and controversy, Old Left, New Left, the "left coast," socialist conversion narratives, cultural work/workers, and dissident, radical, or protest literatures, texts, and institutions. Abstracts are due October 15, 2012, and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae or short biography. Authors of accepted abstracts will be contacted by November 1, 2012 and asked to submit a first draft for publication by April 1, 2013, when I hope to have the volume ready to be reviewed by prospective publishers. Please send all material and inquiries to Gioia.Woods@nau.edu.