CFP: June Jordan (3/15/03 & 8/1/03; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Kinloch, Valerie
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Call for Papers: Still Seeking An Attitude: Critical Reflections on the
Work of June Jordan, edited by Valerie Kinloch and Margret Grebowicz.

Papers are sought that critically examine the writings of political and
social activist, educator, and author June Jordan. The anthology will offer
critical essays, literary criticism, poetry, and comparative studies on
Jordan's writings. Broadly conceived, this collection will articulate and
explore June Jordan's creative, political, and philosophical contributions
to the global landscape of class, race, and gender issues. Specific
questions to consider include the following: the relevance of her work for
questions in social and political philosophy; Black feminism; race and
racism; gender inequality; violence; subjectivity and community;
homosexuality; the role of media in social inequality; the poetic form; the
influence of Jordan's writings in Diaspora studies; her commitment to the
Black English form/vernacular; the blues/jazz influence in/on her poetry;
the influence of Harlem Renaissance writers in her poetry and essays; her
own, continuing influence on emerging writers, theorists, and activists; her
role in the Civil Rights Movement; her work in creating Poetry for the
People at the University of California, Berkeley; the contemporary relevance
of Jordan's work on globalization, migration, and citizenship.

Some of Jordan's works include:

Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays of June Jordan (2002)
Soldier: A Poet's Childhood (2001)
Affirmative Acts, Political Essays (1998)
Poetry for the People: Finding a Voice Through Verse (1996)
I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (1995)
June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint (1995)
Haruko Love Poems (1994)
Technical Difficulties (1992)
Lyrical Campaigns (1989)
Moving Towards Home (1989)
Naming Our Destiny (1989)
Living Room (1985)
On Call (1985)
Civil Wars (1981)
Kimako's (1981)
Some Changes (1981)
Passion: New Poems (1980)
Things in the Dark (1977)
New Life: New Room (1975)
New Days (1974)
Dry Victories (1972)
Fannie Lou Hamer (1972)
His Own Where (1971)

Email Abstracts are due by: March 15, 2003
Papers are due by: August 1, 2003

Please send submissions to either Dr. Valerie Kinloch at
<>, Department of English, One Main Street,
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX 77002 or Dr. Margret Grebowicz
at <>, Department of Social
Sciences, One Main Street, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX

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