Editing the Harlem Renaissance (edited collection)

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ross K. Tangedal / University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Joshua M. Murray / Fayetteville State University
contact email: 

From the beginning, individuals such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke attempted to mold and guide Harlem Renaissance authors, as well as control critical reception. Their roles as editors proved influential in the careers of many writers and in the movement itself. While the popular period has received much scholarly attention, the significance of editors and editing in the Harlem Renaissance remains woefully understudied. As a remedy, Editing the Harlem Renaissance will foreground an in-depth, exhaustive approach to relevant editing and editorial issues, offering a variety of voices and becoming a centralized authority on the subject. Rather than limiting the examination to a narrow understanding of editorial practices, this book will take a broad and inclusive approach, exploring not only those figures of the Harlem Renaissance who edited in professional capacities, but also those authors who employed editorial practices during the writing process, as well as those texts that have been discovered and/or edited by others in the decades following the Harlem Renaissance. To achieve this end, we foresee the book comprising chapters in several areas, including professional editing, authorial editing (or textual self-fashioning), textual editing, documentary editing, bibliography, and pedagogical approaches.

Individual chapters are currently being solicited and vetted, with several abstracts already accepted. The editors are seeking additional contributions exploring the following key figures, among others: W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alain Locke. Interested contributors should be prepared to focus on important editorial methodologies and histories as they pertain to the Harlem Renaissance.



The editors have received enthusiastic advance interest from Clemson University Press, who are interested in this proposal for their new African American Literature Series.

Chapter abstracts of 300 words are due by January 15th 2019. The abstract should include a title and outline the approach and content, as well as research questions and tentative arguments/conclusions. The editors will inform you by the end of January 2019 if they are able to include your contribution with the volume proposal.

If contracted, final chapters of 7000-8000 words will be due in Fall 2019. 

If interested, please send initial queries to Dr. Ross K. Tangedal (ross.tangedal@uwsp.edu) and Dr. Joshua M. Murray (jmurray9@uncfsu.edu) prior to submitting abstracts.