CFP: Nick Cave (1/31/06; collection)

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Tanya Dalziell

Cultural Seeds: new perspectives on the work of Nick Cave

Edited by Karen Welberry (La Trobe University) and Tanya Dalziell
(The University of Western Australia)

Nick Cave is now widely recognised as a composer, curator, musician,
author, artist and screenwriter. From The Boys Next Door to The
Secret Life of the Love Song to author of the recently acclaimed
screenplay, The Proposition (2005), Cave's career spans nearly 30
years and has produced a comprehensive (and sometimes controversial)
body of work that has arguably shaped contemporary 'alternative'
culture. As such, an inclusive appraisal of Cave's work and its
significance is timely and necessary.

To date, narratives on Cave detail heroin-addled debauchery and
oscillate between veneration and distaste. Such stories are central
to an understanding of the 'Cave myth', yet Cave's complex oeuvre is
now such that it demands sustained critical attention. The central
aim of this proposed edited collection is to address this need.

Aims and methodologies
1. To compile a comprehensive scholarly and critical overview of
Cave's work and its wider, ongoing cultural significance.
2. To bring together international, interdisciplinary scholarship
that addresses Cave's work and its influence from a number of
perspectives employing innovative critical approaches.
3. To set in motion dialogue and discussion amongst film scholars,
literary academics, musicologists, cultural studies scholars,
sociologists, historians, philosophers, theorists and 'popular'
commentators at all levels.
4. To produce an edited collection that is of interest to academics
and general audiences alike.

Issues and topics
We are especially interested in chapters that address:

Cave as artist/celebrity/cultural capital
Issues of national and cultural identity
The visual (art-works, music-video, film)
Violence, death, love and hope
Performance contexts
Artistic collaborations (with the Bad Seeds, John Hillcoat, Anita Lane=8A)
Influence and inspiration
Words, sounds and narratives
The erotic and the gothic
Romanticism and melancholia

We particularly welcome submissions that address one or more of these
issues, and we strongly encourage submissions that engage with other
relevant areas or topics of interest.

Submission dates and contact details
We are seeking by 31 January 2006 abstracts of 300-500 words
detailing proposed contributions to this volume, and a brief author
Each chapter will be approximately 5000-6000 words, with submission
to the editors of completed essays by 31 July 2006.

Please send expressions of interest to both editors:
Karen Welberry:
Tanya Dalziell:
--Dr. Tanya DalziellSenior LecturerEnglish, Communication and Cultural Studies (M202)The University of Western Australia35 Stirling HighwayCrawley WA 6009ph: +61 (08) 6488 2120fax: +61 (08) 6488 1030email: Provider No. 00126G ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Tue Nov 29 2005 - 16:26:29 EST