UPDATE: Country Music Lyricists and the American Literary Canon (9/15/04; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Cody, Michael Amos
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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 Johnny Cash's self-penned songs about love, prison, and/or
faith could be an ideal contribution to this project. We intend to
develop a historically inclusive volume. Genre-bending writers such as
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Rodney Crowell, and Lucinda
Williams can be included in this project, but essays about respected
icons such as Bob Wills, Tom T. Hall, Cindy Walker, and Roger Miller are
encouraged. Although some figures are not in the list below because we
have tentatively accepted submissions on those subjects, we welcome


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


Bryant, Boudleaux & Felice

Carpenter, Mary Chapin

Cash, Johnny

Cash, Rosanne

Clark, Guy

Crowell, Rodney

Frizzell, Lefty

Goodman, Steve

Haggard, Merle

Hall, Tom T.

Harris, Emmylou

Howard, Harlan

Jackson, Alan

Jennings, Waylon

Keen, Robert Earl

Lovett, Lyle

McDill, Bob

Miller, Roger

Monroe, Bill

Parsons, Gram

Pierce, Webb

Rabbitt, Eddie

Robbins, Marty

Rodgers, Jimmie

Tillis, Mel

Van Zandt, Townes

Walker, Cindy

Whitley, Keith

Wills, Bob

Williams, Hank, Jr.

Williams, Lucinda


Please send inquiries to Michael A. Cody and Thomas Alan Holmes, East
Tennessee State University English Department, Box 70683, Johnson City,
TN 37614; you may also contact us via e-mail: codym_at_etsu.edu and
holmest_at_etsu.edu . We wish to have substantial proposals for essays by
September 15, 2004.

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