Call for Essays: Ekphrasis in American Poetry: The Colonial Period to the 21st Century 12/22/2013

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Sandra Kleppe/ Hedmark University College
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Ekphrasis in American Poetry: The Colonial Period to the 21st Century

This volume will consider the genre of ekphrasis in American poetry and provide both a historical overview of its uses as well as in-depth chapters on individual poems/poets. Scholars who are working in earlier periods (Colonial/Revolutionary/Early Republic) are especially encouraged to submit work, preferably but not mandatorily with a perspective on the cultural/historical contexts of nation building. A reputable publisher is interested in a coherent book on the topic of Ekphrasis and submissions that treat 19th, 20th, and 21st century poets should also consider how their essay might link into this larger theme. Scholars who have previously worked with ekphrasis are also encouraged to submit historical overview and/or genre/theoretical essays on American Ekphrasis.
Please consult the list of periods/topics below and send a 300-word abstract and 100-word biosketch by December 22, 2013 to

Contributors will be notified no later than December 30, and if your abstract is chosen you will have three months to complete the essay manuscript (approx. 6000 words). Please note that you will be responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for any poems or works of art you wish to include in your essay.

List of topics and periods for essay-chapters:
• Historical Overview(s) of Ekphrasis in American Poetry
• What is Ekphrasis? (Theoretical/Genre Overviews)
• The Colonial Period
• The Revolutionary Period
• The Early Republic to 1820
• The 19th century after 1820
• The 20th century to 1945
• The 20th century after 1945
• The 21st century