Josefina Niggli: A Celebration. Deadline April 10, 2010

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Mickey Randolph/Western Carolina University
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A multidisciplinary editorial board at Western Carolina University invites papers that explore the life, work, and contributions of Josefina Niggli for a volume in celebration of the centennial of her birth. Born in Mexico, Niggli was a prolific American author and screenwriter. Her work includes plays, poetry, novels, and textbooks on screenplay writing and radio writing. Her collection of short stories Mexican Village became a motion picture for MGM entitled Sombrero.

If you are a Niggli scholar, we invite you to make a submission to this collection.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

• Literary criticism of her work, including feminist, postcolonial and cultural studies approaches investigating Niggli's representations of Mexican village life, customs and culture, and the borderlands.
• Niggli's fluctuating and/or constructed national identity. Josefina Niggli divided her childhood between Mexico and the United States. The author's formative years were defined by the instability of national boundaries and cultural fragmentation. Niggli looked to Mexico as a source of literary inspiration; the author wrote prolifically about Mexico and its customs in English for an American audience.
• Her contribution to film, television, and screenwriting. Her body of work stretched from the sets of CBS's "Have Gun, Will Travel" to Sombrero, released in 1953, and starring Ricardo Montalbán and Cyd Charisse.
• Archival and textual studies that resurrect or revive her literary contributions.

From 1956 to 1975, Niggli taught at Western Carolina University where her legacy continues. Western Carolina University is organizing a yearlong series of events and projects to commemorate her significant contributions to literature, film, and theater.

Since Niggli's works are now relatively unavailable elsewhere, the Hunter Library at WCU invites scholars to visit the university in order to examine its collection of her works, papers, and unpublished manuscripts.

Please submit one-page abstracts electronically to Mickey Randolph ( by April 1, 2010.

Visit our website at for more information about additional research projects, including the CFP for the 9th Annual Gender Conference: Centennial Celebration of Josefina Niggli.