UPDATE: [American] Chris Ware (collection; 3/10/08)

full name / name of organization: 
David M. Ball
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Reminder: Deadline Monday, Mar. 10, 2008

Call for papers for _The Cult of Difficulty: Critical Approaches to the
Comics of Chris Ware_ edited by Martha Kuhlman, Associate Professor of
English at Bryant University, and David M. Ball, Assistant Professor of
English at Dickinson College.

_The Cult of Difficulty_ is a proposed collection of essays on the work of
Chicago-based contemporary graphic novelist/comic book artist/cartoonist
Chris Ware. Author of _Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth_ (2000,
winner of the 2001 Guardian First Book Award), _Quimby the Mouse_ (2003),
and _The Acme Novelty Library_ (2005), Ware has quickly emerged as one of
the central figures in the recent ferment of graphic narratives and comics
criticism. We are currently seeking abstracts for 20- to 25-page articles
that analyze Ware’s work, with particular interest in multi- and
interdisciplinary approaches to his oeuvre. Essays that engage the
following questions are especially encouraged:

-- How do Ware’s texts engage with the discourses of race, gender, class,
and/or disability? In particular we are eager to receive strong readings of
_Jimmy Corrigan_ and _Acme Novelty Library_ in regard to these questions.

-- How has Ware’s work as an editor, anthologist, and collector shaped the
landscape of contemporary comics and informed his own corpus?

-- In what ways are questions of narrative and temporality engaged and
complicated in Ware's texts? What insights do narratological and semiotic
approaches offer to a reading of Ware’s comics?

-- How does Ware's work intersect with questions of advertising culture,
web sites, media, and packaging?

-- What is Ware's relationship to the literary canon (both in terms of
graphic and conventional literature) and how does he re-imagine our
relationship to the idea of literariness?

Please send 500-1000 word abstracts (or completed articles), c.v., and
contact information in Word format to warecollection_at_gmail.com by March
10th. Papers from a diversity of disciplinary orientations and
methodological approaches are especially encouraged.

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