UPDATE: The Literature of Hurricane Katrina

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Mary Ruth Marotte, Associate Professor of English, Graduate Director, University of Central Arkansas
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Seeking abstracts (250 words) and/or critical essays (20-30 pages in length) on works of fiction,poetry,film,television that feature the disaster of Hurricane Katrina within the narrative.
A distinct and meaningful body of literature has emerged following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, most notably this year's National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward. The best of these works of fiction give voice to the experiences of those wounded and displaced by the storm, elucidating how we might better comprehend how and why our nation failed to provide for its citizens in their time of need, how we might better prepare for future disasters, how we might rectify the multitude of wrongs committed against the Americans in the eye of the storm. In this collection, we will collect essays that examine the important themes at work in fiction that has emerged in the wake of this disaster and analyze how and why these authors chose to include the storm in their narratives.
Possible works to consider, but not limited to:
• Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
• What Remained of Katrina: A Novel of New Orleans by Kelly Jameson
• Storm Surge: A Novel of Hurricane Katrina by Ramsey Coutta
• City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
• The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke
• Hurricane Katrina--what Really Happened by Nathaniel Jones
• Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi
• Rooftop Diva: A Novel of Triumph After Katrina by D. T. Pollard
• Jesus Out to Sea by James Lee Burke
• First The Dead: A Bug Man Novel by Tim Downs
• A Little Bit Ruined by Patty Friedmann
• Blink of an Eye by Rexanne Becnel
• Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
• Murder in the Rue Chartres by Greg Herren
• Revacuation by Brad Benischek
• Tubby Meets Katrina by Tony Dunbar
• Babylon Rolling by Amanda Boyden
• One D.O.A., One on the Way by Mary Robison
• Down in the Flood by Kenneth Abel
• Map Of Moments by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
• New Orleans Noir edited by Julie Smith
• Life in the Wake: Fiction from Post-Katrina New Orleans by the writers of NOLAFugees.com
• Lost and Betrayed (An American Tale): A Fictional Tale of Hurricane Katrina by Sly Fleming
• Dogs Gone Wild: After Hurricane Katrina by Theresa D. Thompson
• Katrina Nights: Love in the Time of Flooding by Fouad Khan
• Voodoo Storm: Hurricane Katrina, Death and Mystery in New Orleans by Davis Temple
• "The Passage" by Justin Cronin
• Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
• Darker Angels by MLN Hanover
• Taken Away by Patty Friedmann
The following topics would be of interest:
• The use of fictional characters to underscore the severity of the event;
• New Orleans/the Gulf Coast/America after Katrina;
• Social justice; Poverty; Class and Politics; Racial Intersections; Economic Impact;
• The intersections of fiction and historical events;
• Alterations in family structure/dynamics;
• Absence and loss;
• Transformations of culture and cultural heritage;
Deadline for submissions: Sept. 30, 2012
Please include a brief bio with your submission. Abstracts and/or full-length submissions will be reviewed.