CFP: Essays on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (3/23/07; collection)

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Essays on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Papers are being sought for a volume of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow criticism, which will include chapters by prominent American literary scholars, including John Seelye. While the American literary establishment created itself in opposition to his popular "fireside" poetry, scholars have since returned to Longfellow. In recent years, articles on Longfellow written by prominent scholars examine the deterioration of Longfellow's critical standing and its role in the formation of an American canon; they study the steadfast internationalism of his theory of literature; they discover new complexity in his treatment of Native Americans; and they recognize in Longfellow a domestic masculinity that stands in stark counterpoint to the aggressive masculinity that would propel U. S. imperialism. While we are chiefly interested in essays that evaluate Longfellow in the following areas:

The American literary canon
Writing the nation
Performance and Performativity

We will also welcome abstracts for papers in other areas that advance Longfellow studies. Please e-mail abstracts (250-500 words) and a one page CV to Lloyd Willis ( and James McDougall ( Abstracts are due March 23, 2007, and essays will be expected July 6, 2007.

Lloyd Willis
Assistant Professor
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Lander University

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