Reading Between the Lines: A Genealogy of Racial Discourse in American Literature from the 17th Century to the Present

deadline for submissions: 
July 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Michael Zeitler Texas Southern University
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Call for Papers: Reading Between the Lines: A Genealogy of Racial Discourse in AmericanLiterature from the 17th Century to the Present (A Critical Collection)Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2021full name/ name of organization:Charlene T. Evans/Texas Southern UniversityMichael A. ZeitlerAlbert U. Turnercontact email: Deadline: July 1, 2021Manuscript Deadline: January 15, 2022Brief Description:Reading Between the Lines: A Genealogy of Racial Discourse in American Literature from the 17th Century to the Present re-examines the presence of enduring and emergent American racial discourses in various works of American literature. The editors seek essays written from a variety of critical perspectives. Using approaches that include but are not limited to CriticalRace Theory (CRT), discourse analysis, and sociopolitical, theological, musicological, and ethnographic theoretical frameworks, contributors will contextualize and critique the centrality of race to the American story. Selected essays will focus on conscious and unconscious responses to race and racism in the United States and examine how literary works have created,sustained, or challenged social fictions that have given rise to deeply embedded social and psychological realities. Essays reposition America’s literary past with an emphasis on race analysis and provide scholarly responses to the prevalent, systemic monocultural values thathistorically have reinforced white supremacy. Topics for individual essays might include, but are not limited to the following:American Colonial Writing: Hegemony, Ethnocentrism and the Problem of American Literary InheritanceMarginalized Voices: Black Writers, White Freedoms, and the Contradictions of the Age of RevolutionRace and the American RenaissanceSlavery, Miscegenation, Colorism, and Racialized Depictions of American IdentityRegionalism, Local Color, and The Literatures of Westward ExpansionRace, the Lost Cause, and the Myth of the SouthThe Rise of Industrialism: Race, Capitalism, Class, and the American EconomyThe Great Migration, Jim Crow, Black Resistance, and Rise of Negative Social FictionsThe Harlem Renaissance:: White Privilege and the Cultural Appropriations ofModernismNeo-slave Narratives: Recovering Memory to Exorcize Communal TraumaA Culture of Contradictions: American Exceptionalism as Racial DiscourseAn American Dream Deferred: The Unfulfilled Promises of Freedom and DemocracyAfrican American Gothic FictionsThe Black Church in African American LiteratureThe 21st Century Black Immigrant and African American LiteratureImpact of Technology on the American Racial NarrativeThe African American Graphic NovelAfrican American Autobiography and the Public IntellectualScience Fiction and Race, Speculative FictionAfro-Pessimism and Afro-FuturismThe Literature of the Black Lives Matter MovementPlease submit a 300 – 500 word abstract and a 50-100 word biography by July 1, 2021.If invited, chapters should be 6,000-8,000 words including the bibliography. Submissions should conform to the MLA Handbook, 9th edition. Contributors will be notified by July 30, 2021, and completed essays will be due by January 15, 2022. This collection has been awarded the Professor D. Simons Evans prize for the most distinguished submission by the Edwin Mellen Press.Direct all questions and correspondence to abstracts to and