CFP: Famine in the Irish Canon (1/15/04; anthology)

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George Cusack
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Hungry Words: Images of Famine in the Irish Canon

    Abstracts of 500 words or original papers of 25-35 pages are being
solicited for Hungry Words, an anthology which will examine representations
of hunger or famine in the works of canonical Irish authors. The terms
³famine² and ³canonical² are, of course, loaded ones in Irish studies, and
it is my particular desire to collect essays which question the various
manifestations of these terms in recent literary scholarship.

            In the past few years, numerous scholars have challenged the
myth that Irish literature as a whole has ignored or repressed the cultural
legacy of the Great Famine. As works such as Christopher Morash¹s Writing
the Irish Famine(1996) demonstrate, representations of the Famine have
indeed existed in Irish literature since the 1840¹s and continue into the
present. However, nearly all of the scholarship published in this area has
emphasized the rediscovery of authors and texts largely forgotten by
contemporary critics and readers. Few projects, if any, have sought to
reevaluate the authors and texts generally recognized as the ³canon² of
Irish literature in the light of the newly identified Famine discourse.

            Hungry Words will provide just such a reevaluation. Each essay
will focus on the ways individual Irish authors with varying claims to
canonical status affect and are affected by the literary discourse which
emerged from the Great Famine. Through these essays, the anthology as a
whole will further illuminate not only the cultural impact of the Famine,
but the nature of the canon itself and the ideologies that have been used to
determine which authors and texts represent Ireland¹s cultural identity.

Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2004 and essays will be
accepted until February 15, 2004. Projects which focus on a single author
are preferred, but comparative projects will be considered. Please include
a CV or professional biography with your submission. Send submissions to:

    Dr. George Cusack
    Department of English
    Auburn University Montgomery
    P.O. Box 224023
    Montgomery, AL 36124
    (334) 244-3634

E-mail inquiries and electronic submissions are welcome. Please send
electronic submissions as attached Microsoft Word or PDF files. All
submissions will be confirmed via e-mail.

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