Taylor Swift as/and Literature

deadline for submissions: 
February 14, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol
contact email: 

Taylor Swift, one of the best known musical artists of her generation, has left an indelible mark on popular culture and the collective consciousness. Although Swift is a perennial subject in the media, cast in both a positive and a negative light, few professional scholars have considered her work. We aim to address that gap with a collection that interrogates Swift’s significance and timeliness through the lenses afforded by literary studies, and we seek 300-word abstracts/proposals for essays that apply relevant methodologies in original arguments about Swift’s storytelling, poetic craft, celebrity, and/or other topics.  We especially welcome arguments treating Swift’s interest in revision, her personal mythology, and her intertextual engagements, as well as arguments treating individual songs or albums.  A major academic publisher has expressed interest in this collection.  Please send abstracts/proposals by 2/14/22 to Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol (btontipl@trinity.edu) and/or Anastasia Klimchynskaya (anaklimchynskaya@gmail.com).