Critical Volume on the Work of Patrick McCabe Proposal due MAY 31, 2013

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Dr. Jennifer Keating-Miller Carnegie Mellon University
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The Rodopi Press Dialogue Series seeks proposals for new writings to be included in a volume of critical essays devoted to Patrick McCabe's modern Ireland as presented in The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Winterwood (with specific emphasis on The Butcher Boy). The volume editor seeks essays that address, but are not limited to, the following areas of inquiry:
● McCabe's portrayal of Ireland in the late twentieth century, the tensions between provincialism and globalization from the mid-twentieth century's agrarian-based economy through to the early years of the twenty-first century, including the boom and economic downturn of the 'Celtic Tiger.'
● Portrayals of violence at the levels of family, town, city and/or nation. What legacies of violence within Irish culture does McCabe's work attend to or contend? How does his work touch on the implications of "The Troubles" and nationalist paradigms?
● Presentations of Irish-English within McCabe's fiction and perhaps placed in the context of twentieth century precedents like James Joyce, Synge or Lady Gregory, amongst others.
● English and American cultural influences or political sway in Ireland as presented in McCabe's fiction.
● McCabe's work in the context of other contemporary Irish fiction writers.
● The rise of Irish filmmaking in the wake of The Butcher Boy film collaboration between McCabe and Neil Jordan and/or stage adaptations of McCabe's work.
● Essays addressing McCabe's work within the context of contemporary Irish publishing industry (including New Media and e-books).
● Essays engaging McCabe's writings within the teaching and scholarship of Irish studies.

The volume's editor will consider submissions across a range of writing styles and scholarly methods in order to achieve a collection of the most compelling and readable essays. Scholars, advanced doctoral students, artists and independent intellectuals are invited to submit.

Send a proposal (no longer than 500 words) and C.V. (with contact information) to Dr. Jennifer Keating-Miller
Deadline: NOW EXTENDED to May 31, 2013
About the Series:
The Dialogue Series publishes new and recent criticism on literary writing that has elicited or is eliciting critical debate. In addition, Dialogue devotes occasional volumes to neglected works deemed worthy of renewed critical attention. The Dialogue Series is devoted primarily to literary works written in English (or translated into English) after 1900.
The planned volume on McCabe's novel continues a Dialogue Series line of edited collections on modern Irish authors.
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