CFP: Toni Morrison (9/1/05; journal issue)

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Modern Fiction Studies
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Call for Papers for Modern Fiction Studies

      Toni Morrison * Summer 2006
      Deadline for Submission: 1 Sept. 2005

In 1994, Modern Fiction Studies published a special issue focusing on
Toni Morrison, a timely project appearing just after Morrison won the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Since the publication of that
special issue, Modern Fiction Studies has continued to receive a large
number of remarkable submissions on Morrison. In the last decade,
Morrison has completed her historical trilogy with Paradise and
published another novel, Love. She has extended her impressive reach as
author into children's books and an opera titled Margaret Garner, based
on the novel Beloved. Additionally, she has continued to comment on
social issues, following up her edited collection on the Anita
Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy with a 1997 collection of essays
devoted to the O. J. Simpson trial. To analyze more recent developments
in Morrison's oeuvre, as well as critical directions that have emerged
since 1994, we will focus, once again, on Toni Morrison in our Summer
2006 issue (volume 52, number 2).

We are especially interested in essays that interweave multiple critical
approaches or that examine Morrison's more recent work. Approaches to
Morrison that might be especially rewarding include exploring the
intersections of popular culture and Morrison (Oprah and Morrison, for
example, or Morrison as celeb author); analyzing Morrison as a global
author or public intellectual; tracing the claims of justice and/or
reparations in Morrison's work; examining Morrison using the framework
of trauma studies, queer studies, Marxist or postcolonial theory; or
situating Morrison's work in relation to other literary, intellectual,
theoretical, or political projects. This list is not meant to be
exhaustive; any perspectives that produce nuanced, richly situated
readings are welcome.

Articles should range from 20 to 30 pages in length and should follow
the current edition of the MLA Style Manual. Please submit two copies of
the essay along with a cover sheet that lists author's name, essay
title, mailing address, phone number, and email address. Submissions
should be mailed to-

Editors, Modern Fiction Studies
Purdue University
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038

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