CFP: Country Music Lyricists and the American Literary Canon (1/31/04; collection)

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Michael Cody
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Country Music Lyricists and the American Literary Canon

In an effort to gain broader recognition of country music as a
literary genre, we are developing a volume of essays examining
country music lyricists’ contributions to the American literary
tradition. Performers known for their own work as well as their
covers of others’ songs would make appropriate subjects for
this project as long as their original work serves as primary
focus for contributions. For example, an essay addressing
Loretta Lynn’s self-penned songs about marriage, domestic
violence, and pregnancy could be an ideal contribution to this
project. We intend to develop a historically inclusive volume.
Essays about icons such as Lynn, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams,
Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash are encouraged, but we will also
consider those about genre-bending writers such as Steve Earle,
Gram Parsons, and Lucinda Williams.

We are interested in essays addressing the works of writers
such as the following:

Carpenter, Mary Chapin
Cash, Johnny
Cash, Rosanne
Clark, Guy
Crowell, Rodney
Daniels, Charlie
Earle, Steve
Frizzell, Lefty
Gilmore, Jimmie Dale
Goodman, Steve
Guthrie, Woody
Haggard, Merle
Hall, Tom T.
Harris, Emmylou
Haynes, Henry D. (“Homer”) and Kenneth C. (“Jethro”) Burns
Howard, Harlan
Jennings, Waylon
Keen, Robert Earl
Kristofferson, Kris
Lovett, Lyle
Lynn, Loretta
McDill, Bob
Monroe, Bill
Nelson, Willie
Parsons, Gram
Parton, Dolly
Pierce, Webb
Robbins, Marty
Rodgers, Jimmie
Tillis, Mel
Van Zandt, Townes
Walker, Cindy
Whitley, Keith
Williams, Hank
Williams, Hank, Jr.
Williams, Lucinda

Please send inquiries to Michael Cody and Thomas Alan Holmes,
Department of English, East Tennessee State University, Box
70683, Johnson City, TN 37614; you may also contact us via
e-mail: and We wish
to have substantial proposals for essays by January 31, 2004.

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