MLA Options for Teaching British and American Satire (proposals due 7/1)

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MLA Options for Teaching (book series)

Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Modern British and American Satire to be edited by Evan Davis (Hampden-Sydney College) and Nicholas D. Nace (Binghamton University, SUNY). The aim of this collection of essays is to gather in one volume a variety of resources for the teaching of satire and satirical texts in order to assist teachers across a variety of different educational levels and settings.

As part of the MLA Options for Teaching series, the collection solicits essays that reflect general classroom approaches to the subject, however conceived, rather than those that focus exclusively on the challenges of teaching certain individual texts. Essays may be transhistorical or period specific to reflect the courses in which certain approaches have been successful. Given the scale and range of the satire, essays may address strategies for teaching Anglophone satire from the early modern period to the present. Essays on both British and American satire pedagogy are encouraged, as are those covering any and all genres or mediums of satire. The guidelines for the MLA's Options for Teaching series can be found at

To focus contribution, the volume is currently divided into six sections: Satiric Traditions: Theory and History; Satiric Techniques; Genre and Mode; Race and Gender; Satire and Media; and Satire and Audience. Innovative essays falling outside these sections are also welcome.

If you are interested in contributing an essay of 3,000 words, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words in which you describe your approach or topic and explain its potential benefit for students and instructors alike. Note that if you plan to quote from student writing in your essay, you must obtain written permission from your students to do so. A submitted essay should not have been previously published. Abstracts and CVs should be sent to the volume editors by 1 July 2014. Shortly thereafter, the editors will post abstracts on the MLA Commons for further comment and discussion, with the goal of finalizing the selection of essays by the end of the summer. We also encourage contributors to visit the Commons early in the process as they develop their ideas. Please send e-mail submissions to Evan Davis and Nicholas Nace at , using the subject line "Options for Teaching Satire."