The Female American; or, The Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield – Perspectives, Intertextuality, Pedagogy (9/15/2015)

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Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal invites submissions for a special issue on The Female American; or, The Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield (1767), a recovered adventure novel featuring a biracial, female heroic protagonist. This previously neglected fiction of the Americas has received increasing critical and academic attention since its re-emergence in the late 1990s. The vibrant critical conversation focused on this text (which includes a critical edition, at least two dissertations, and many journal articles and book chapters) addresses gendered competence, agency, cultural valuation, racial variation, trans-Atlanticism, transdisciplinarity, and engagement with archetype and fantasy, among other topics. The novel is taught widely in undergraduate and graduate courses across disciplines. As we approach twenty years of contemporary attention to this novel, the special issue offers a framework for taking stock of the position of this novel from multiple disciplinary and pedagogical perspectives, as well as proposing future directions for analysis and pedagogy.

Some possible topics could include (among many others):
Anonymity and authorial identity
Regional and global perspectives
Heroics and heroism
First nations
Philosophical or religious analyses
Humor studies
"True accounts," fact and fictionality
Pedagogy and teaching
Race, gender, nationality
Cultural and social approaches
Temporal studies
Networked texts and fields

Proposals for reviews of related/relavant books are also sought.

Please submit abstracts of 300 – 500 words and a one- to two-page c.v. that includes publications and institutional affiliation (if any) to Writers of accepted proposals will then be invited to submit full-length essays for consideration for inclusion in the special issue.

Project Deadlines:
September 15, 2015: Proposal of 300-500 words and brief c.v. due to editors
September 30, 2015: Notification of review results to authors
December 30, 2015: Completed essays of 5,000 – 6,000 words due to editors
February 15, 2016: Edited essays returned to authors
March 31, 2016: Revised essays and author bios due to editors
May 15, 2016: Full issue manuscript delivered to the publisher
Fourth quarter 2016: Special issue published