Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
James Rovira
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CFP: Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism

Of the 605 proposals received by Bloomsbury for their 2015 33 1/3 Series call for papers, only 18% of contributors and 11% of artists covered were women, even though the female series editor was aggressively soliciting contributions by and about women. Rock and Romanticism: Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism seeks to address a visible shortcoming in scholarship about women in both popular music and in English Romanticism by bringing the two together in this collection.

Following up on Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming May 2018) and Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018), Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism seeks to explore the intersections of contemporary women's music, film, costume, and personae -- all within the purview of contemporary music -- with eighteenth and nineteenth-century literary, artistic, and musical Romanticisms for the purposes of understanding the transformations of Romanticism from its origins to the present.

Consistent with the previous anthologies, “Romanticism” will be understood for the purposes of this study as a transhistorical, transcultural mode of artistic expression rather than the creative output of a specific period. Contributors are encouraged to consult Sayre and Löwy’s Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity (2001), which develops a taxonomy of Romanticisms unified by their definition of Romanticism as a response to the subject created by capitalism, for a theoretical approach. Rock or contemporary music can also be approached as part of the reception history of European and American Romanticisms.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • There has been scholarly discussion surrounding the question, "Were women 18th/19thC poets Romantics?" How might contemporary female rock artists, understood as part of the legacy or reception history of Romanticism, address this question?
  • The 20th/21stC female rock guitarist and the 18th/19thC female poet.
  • The influence of female Romantic figures (18th/19thC European and American) upon contemporary music by men or women.
  • The appropriation, adaptation, or use of 18th/19thC European and American literature, drama, or music by men or women by contemporary female musicians.
  • Romanticism and feminism in rock music.
  • Romanticism and gender studies.
  • Romanticism and the "female Gothic."

This anthology already has a publisher’s interest. By March 31st, 2018, please email a 350 word proposal that includes your name, title and institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, phone number, preferred email address, 100-150 word biographical statement, and a one to two page recently updated CV to James Rovira at jamesrovira@gmail.com. The best proposals will show evidence of familiarity with recent scholarship on the contemporary musician of their choice, on Romanticism as a field (especially as relevant to your specific approach), and will clearly explain the chapter’s contribution to our understanding of women, Romanticism, and/or the Romantic figure or work(s) brought into proximity with contemporary music. Completed papers are requested by August 31st, 2019.

If you don't feel you can get a proposal to me by March 31st, please email me a statement of interest and a projected submission date for your proposal.

See also my CFP for David Bowie and Romanticism.