UPDATE: Art Objects and Women's Words: Women's Ekphrastic Writing (5/15/07; collection)

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UPDATE: Art Objects and Women's Words: Women's Ekphrastic Writing
(EXTENDED DEADLINE 5/15/07; collection)

I am looking for papers to round out a collection of scholarly essays
with the working title:


A major university press has expressed serious interest in an edited
collection of scholarly essays that explore how female authors produce
verbal representations of visual representations. Publication is
projected for late 2008.

All essays will be considered (see longer description of the topic,
below); but in particular, I am still looking for strong essays on the

Historicizing ekphrastic trends
Queerness and ekphrastic writing
Ekphrastic texts engaging sculpture, photography, multimedia,
performance and/or performance art
Ekphrastic texts by American authors
Ekphrasis as revision, translation, transformation, etc.
Ekphrastic writing and theorized pedagogical applications

Language. Gaze. Space. Time. These concepts invariably come to mind in
academic considerations of ekphrasis, as do difference, desire,
otherness, mimesis, muteness, blindness, power, perception, narrative,
fragment, (re)production, consumption, and commodity. Notably, these
concepts are also inextricably linked to the gendered particularities of
the historical moment(s) that produced the author/spectator, the
represented subject and its ekphrastic mirror. Nevertheless, while
literary critics of the past few decades have observed that ekphrasis
engages various gendered dynamics, still, scholarship tends to focus
solely upon texts (and the function of gender within texts) authored by

What might characterize ekphrastic texts by women? Ekphrasis that is
feminist and/or queer? What considerations--formal, historical,
material, phenomenological, and philosophical--would be involved in
conceiving of such projects? For instance, if temporality and spatiality
are both to be considered in relation to ekphrastic writing, what
happens when we consider gendered spaces--or how the sex/gender system
affects the signification of particular bodies, objects or iconographies
in space, over time? What happens, as Judith Halberstam and Lee Edelman
have each recently considered, when we eschew "reproductive futurism"
and reflect upon the possibilities and implications of queer time? How
are accounts of the varied desires and pleasures associated with verbal
and visual arts inflected by positing a female reader/spectator? How are
ekphrastic texts considered through the lenses of gender and sexuality
different from other kinds of literary appropriations and revisions?

With these questions in mind, I seek essays on authors, texts (prose as
well as poetry), and/or theories related to ekphrastic writing by
American, English (including Commonwealth) and Anglophone women writers,
1750 to the present. Essays that take largely theoretical,
interdisciplinary and/or cross-period approaches are welcome.

Please send completed papers of approximately 7000-9,000 words to
ehnennjr_at_appstate.edu no later than May 15, 2007. Submissions should
be made by email in Word format. Contributions should follow MLA style,
with parenthetical in-text citation and endnotes rather than footnotes.
General inquiries welcome in advance of the deadline.

Jill R. Ehnenn
Department of English
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2334

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