CFP: Julia Collins and The Curse of Caste (8/1/05; journal issue)

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Aileen M. Keenan
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For a 40th-year anniversary special issue, African American
Review invites scholarly queries, proposals, and papers for
a special issue on Julia C. Collins, African American author
of several recently re-discovered essays and the 1865 novel
The Curse of Caste, or The Slave Bride. The publication of
the special issue will coincide with the 2006 publication of
The Curse of Caste, the first since its mid-19th-century
serialization in The Christian Recorder, edited by William
L. Andrews and Mitch Kachun for Oxford University Press.
     AAR also welcomes scholarly work that will
contextualize Collins and her extant writings. Prospective
topics include the 19th-century African American press,
antebellum African American reading habits, antebellum
"free" black press in the development of African
American literacy/ies, and the black press's influence on
early African American narrative and the novelization of
oppression. We also welcome creative submissions that
imagine Collins and/or other black women as professional
writers, the social impact of The Curse of Caste, the social
and personal circumstances under which Collins (and her
peers) wrote, and Collins's contemporary audience(s).
Completed manuscripts are due by 31 December 2005. Submit
300-500 word proposals, abstracts, and queries by 1 August
2005 to:
     Dr. Veta Tucker
     Grand Valley State University
     242 Lake Huron Hall
     1 Campus Drive
     Allendale, MI 49401
     *Email correspondence may be directed to Dr. Tucker at, but please send no e-attachments.

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