UPDATE: 10 Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm's Effect on American Culture and Identity

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Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik, University of Central Arkansas
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Seeking critical essays (20-30 pages in length) on texts that examine the storm's effect on American culture and identity.
Almost a decade later, distinct and meaningful body of literature has emerged following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. The best of these works give voice to the experiences of those wounded and displaced by the storm, elucidating how we might better comprehend how and why our nation failed to provide for its citizens in their time of need, how we might better prepare for future disasters, how we might rectify the multitude of wrongs committed against the Americans in the eye of the storm.
The book will be organized in the following sections:
--Identity (Race and Gender)
--New Media
--Lit Studies (narrative, genre, history)
--Katrina in the classroom
--Sociopolitical and Economic Impact
--Environmental Impact

Possible works to consider, but not limited to:
• Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
• What Remained of Katrina: A Novel of New Orleans by Kelly Jameson
• Storm Surge: A Novel of Hurricane Katrina by Ramsey Coutta
• City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
• The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke
• Hurricane Katrina--what Really Happened by Nathaniel Jones
• Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi
• Rooftop Diva: A Novel of Triumph After Katrina by D. T. Pollard
• Jesus Out to Sea by James Lee Burke
• First The Dead: A Bug Man Novel by Tim Downs
• A Little Bit Ruined by Patty Friedmann
• Blink of an Eye by Rexanne Becnel
• Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
• Murder in the Rue Chartres by Greg Herren
• Revacuation by Brad Benischek
• Tubby Meets Katrina by Tony Dunbar
• Babylon Rolling by Amanda Boyden
• One D.O.A., One on the Way by Mary Robison
• Down in the Flood by Kenneth Abel
• Map Of Moments by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
• New Orleans Noir edited by Julie Smith
• Life in the Wake: Fiction from Post-Katrina New Orleans by the writers of NOLAFugees.com
• Lost and Betrayed (An American Tale): A Fictional Tale of Hurricane Katrina by Sly Fleming
• Dogs Gone Wild: After Hurricane Katrina by Theresa D. Thompson
• Katrina Nights: Love in the Time of Flooding by Fouad Khan
• Voodoo Storm: Hurricane Katrina, Death and Mystery in New Orleans by Davis Temple
• "The Passage" by Justin Cronin
• Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
• Darker Angels by MLN Hanover
• Taken Away by Patty Friedmann
Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2013
Please include a brief bio with your submission. Abstracts and/or full-length submissions will be reviewed.