UPDATE: [African–American] Accepting Submissions––Expanding the "Canon" of African American Literatu

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Kimberly Collins
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Call for Papers:
Editors Kimberly A. Collins M.A. Morgan State University and Tyechia
Thompson Ph.D candidate Howard University Request submissions for the
anthology Street Cred: Expanding the Canon of African American

This collection of essays will launch a thorough critical and
pedagogical examination of the interplay between popular culture and
canonized fiction.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 essays in the anthology will address the need for an aesthetic
critique for the new writers of African American Literature that
distinguishes it, if necessary, from generic recognition of “urban
literature,” “ghetto literature,” and/or “street fiction.” Because urban
fiction and pedagogy are discussed for the most part independently of
each other, there is a lack of thorough scholarship on their function
interdependently. This theoretical approach compares loosely to the
theoretical frameworks of the Black Arts Movement, particularly in BAM’s
position as the artistic component of the 1960s and 1970s culture of the
Black Power Movement. Similar to how BAM used “revolutionary” or anti-
establishment tactics by merging political activism and art to address
American prejudice and racism to explore black consciousness, many of
these new African American writers’ approach demonstrate that the urban
fiction literary movement uses the aesthetic properties as featured in
BAM and more recently in hip- hop.

The anthology, 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:

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 as they pertain to the function of
language, naming, narration or other thematic approachs to African
American popular culture novels reflect antecedent texts and/or impact
its African American readership?

Please send a 250 word abstract, along with a short bio (8-10 sentences)
by March 30, 2009 to streetcredbook_at_gmail.com

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