CFP: African-American Literature Collection (5/31/06; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Shelia Collins
contact email: 

"Speaking in Tongues": A Study in African-American Literary Discourse,
Culture, and Rhetoric

Papers are solicited for a collection of essays tentatively titled:
"'Speaking in Tongues': A Study in African-American Literary Discourse,
Culture, and Rhetoric." This collection of essays will examine the
historical and literary experience of African Americans in the New World by
offering in-depth investigations into African-American culture and rhetoric.
Papers in this collection should challenge the perceptions of
African-American culture and engage in literary and rhetorical strategies
that give authority to the diverse cultural discourses articulated by such
writers as, but not limited to, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Zora
Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, and/or Toni
Morrison, and such theorists as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Houston A.
Baker. For example, how are the rhetorical strategies of David Walker
signified in Ralph Ellison's work? Or, are they?

Possible topics for this collection may include: the configurations of the
body, invisibility and selfhood, narrative structure, rhetoric, humor,
aesthetics, memory, popular culture, folklore, music, historical studies in
culture and rhetoric, letters, and African-American literary discourse in
general. Works on both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable.

Deadline for 250-300 Word Proposals: May 31, 2006.

Deadline for Completed Manuscripts: Complete manuscripts (15-25 pp. in
length—including references—MLA Style) in MS Word, a one-page CV, and a
brief biographical statement are due by December 31, 2006.

Shelia A. Collins
Department of English
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409
Office: 806-742-2500 ext. 231

Willie J. Harrell, Jr.
Department of English
Kent State University
P. O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44224
Office: 330-672-1765

Coretta Pittman
Department of English
Baylor University
One Bear Place 97404
Waco, TX 76798
Office: 254-710-6980


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