"Between Worlds" Edited Collection; Abstracts 7/15/11; Completed Papers 9/15/11

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Ama Wattley, PhD
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Critical essays are being sought to complement the creative works in an edited anthology entitled Between Worlds to be published by Peter Lang. The anthology is a scholarly project that will include both fictional pieces by creative writers and three or four critical essays by scholars on the themes of home, globalization, diaspora, migration, immigration, displacement, freedom, and belonging. The editors have a contract in hand with Peter Lang Publishers and have also secured permission rights to include excerpts from fictional work by the following ten creative writers: Chimanda Ngozi Adichie ("Ghosts"), Ana Castillo (The Guardians), Michelle Cliff (No Telephone to Heaven), Edwidge Danticat (The Farming of Bones), Rikki Ducornet (Phosphor in Dreamland), Rebecca Brown (The Haunted House), Louise Erdrich (Last Report at Little Horse), Ha Jin (A Good Fall), Maxine Hong Kingston (China Men), and Helena Maria Viramontes (Under the Feet of Jesus).

The anthology offers experienced scholars the opportunity to focus on a specific grouping of authors, and explore one or more of the following themes while tying the fiction excerpts into Between World's exploration of literary and cultural spaces, cultural identity, and politics of difference:

• Spatial matters (i.e. the paradoxes of freedom and belonging, meditations on home (globalization, migration, displacement)
• Temporal considerations (i.e. histories and memory, witness)
• Multiplicity, Hybridity, Heterogeneity

The writers have been tentatively grouped as follows:

• Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michelle Cliff, and Edwidge Danticat

• Ana Castillo, Helena Maria Viramontes, and Louise Erdrich

• Maxine Hong Kingston and Ha Jin

Experienced or expert scholars demonstrate the following: teach at the Associate Professor level or above, have at least seven years' experience since the awarding of the Ph.D., are published in book-length studies or peer-reviewed journals, have at least one well-received published book, and/or are considered an authority or well-known commentator on the author(s) or topics.

250 word abstracts and 1- page CVs due: July 15, 2011

Completed papers due: September 15, 2011

Length of Papers: 15-20 pages or 3500-5000 words

Abstracts, curriculum vitas, and completed papers can be sent electronically as a .doc file to: awattley@pace.edu


Ama Wattley, PhD
Pace University
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

Deborah Poe, PhD
Pace University
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570