A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott and Alexis Wright (June 22, 2014 Deadline) [Update]

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Belinda Wheeler
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Contributors are sought for a collection of original essays examining the works of Australia's leading Aboriginal authors, Kim Scott and Alexis Wright. Both authors have won countless awards, including Australia's prestigious Miles Franklin Award, Scott in 2000 (Benang) and 2011 (That Deadman Dance), and Wright in 2006 (Carpentaria) and currently on the longlist for 2014 (The Swan Book). Despite national and international acclaim for their literary contribution, there is currently no comprehensive critical companion that contextualizes these authors' works for scholars, students (undergraduate and graduate), and general readers. A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott and Alexis Wright will fill this void by providing a collection of approximately twenty essays that focus on these authors' novels, edited collections, short stories, essays, poetry, and children's books (where applicable).

The editor seeks original essays that focus on the following texts or areas:

Kim Scott's
- True Country (1993)
- Benang: From the Heart (1999)
- Dredgersaurus (2001)
- Kayang and Me (2005)
- That Deadman Dance (2011)
- Editorial roles (including The Best Australian Stories 2013)
- Short stories (individual short stories, a group of short stories, or a comprehensive analysis of all of his short stories)
- Poetry (individual poems, a group of poems, or a comprehensive analysis of all his poems)
- Essays

Alexis Wright's
- Plains of Promise (1997)
- Grog War (1997)
- Croire en L'incroyable [Belief in the Unbelievable] (2000)
- Carpentaria (2006)
- The Swan Book (2013)
- Editorial roles (including Take Power Like This Old Man Here: An Anthology of Writings Celebrating Twenty Years of Land Rights in Central Australia, 1977-1997 [1998])

- Short stories (individual short stories, a group of short stories, or a comprehensive analysis of all of her short stories)
- Essays
- Activism (with organizations including speeches and columns)

Send 300-word abstracts and a brief CV to Belinda Wheeler (bwheeler@siu.edu)

Deadline for abstracts is Sunday, June 22, 2014. Potential contributors will be notified by Monday, June 30, 2014 if their proposal has been accepted. Contributors will then have until Monday, December 1, 2014 to submit their essays for consideration in the volume.

An interested publisher has requested a table of contents and outline of each chapter. Completed essays will be approximately 5,000 words in length and conform to the latest MLA documentation style.

Belinda Wheeler is an Assistant Professor of English at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. Wheeler's research interests include Australian Aboriginal literature, African American literature, and American literature. She has published essays in various edited collections and journals, including PMLA, and she is the editor of A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature (Camden House, 2013).

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