UPDATE: [African-American] Submissions: Street Cred: Expanding the Canon of African American Literature

full name / name of organization: 
Kimberly Collins
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The writings by a new cast of African American writers, who write within
the genre known as “Street Lit,” present a space for the African American
scholar to chronicle and offer meaning to these writers’ works and to
assess how these texts represent African American literature. Because
these non-canonized African American writers enjoy the attention of an
excited new readership, it is critical to examine how and where they may
enter the canon of African American literature.

The anthology, Street Cred: Expanding the Canon of African American
Literature, invites essays on potential canonical writings that are
currently undiscovered or under considered. We hope to elicit essays that
examine various ways these new writers of African American popular
culture novels expand or fit within the African American literary canon.
We also welcome papers pertaining to the following issues:
 Pedagogy: How the current African American popular culture novels work
in the classroom? In particular, we are looking for works that offer ways
of teaching popular culture texts that offer critical insight into these
works’ contribution to the humanities while furthering the development of
the critical thinking and reading skills in the classroom.
Criticism: How do interpretations of African American popular culture
novels reflect antecedent texts and/or impact its African American

Please send a 250 word abstract, along with a short bio (8-10 sentences)
by February 15th, 2008 to streetcredbook_at_gmail.com

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