Cultural, Historical and Literary Representations in the Writing of Rita Dove

deadline for submissions: 
November 20, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Call for Book Chapters


In an interview with Stan S. Rubin and Judith Kitchen, two years before being named the second African-American woman to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Rita Dove explores the complicated relationship one has with history and positionality. Dove recollects her time in Europe, as she was commencing Museum, her follow-up to The Yellow House on the Corner, as a singular opportunity to look at herself and her own work from a unique and singular perspective: “I had a way of looking back on America and distancing myself from my experience. I could look at history, at the world, in a different way because I had another mindset.” This separation from her hometown of Akron, Ohio, and from America itself permitted Dove to look beyond the facts and the minutiae of history as it is written down, memorialized, and passed on. The poet, in her own words, “found historical events fascinating for looking underneath—not for what we see or what’s always said about a historical event, but for the things that can’t be related in a dry, historical sense.”
For this critical appreciation of the poetry of Rita Dove, we seek submissions that take up the poet’s charge and explore beyond and underneath the written record, the imprinted official histories that so often stand in for the full narrative of race, gender, identity, class, and sexuality.
We are inviting theoretical essays from various perspectives, including Gender Studies, Trauma Studies, Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Communication, Performance Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. Possible topics investigating the work of Rita Dove include, but are not limited to:
African-American Poetics
African-American Experience African-American Family and Extended Family Intersectionality
Memory and Trauma
The Burden of Genealogy
Black Feminism
Authors are advised to send an abstract of 200-400 words till November 20, 2023, along with a small bio of contributor which should include the name of contributor(s),

designation, affiliation, e-mail, current address, and phone number in the submission. You may also cite the URLs of your blog or website, if any.

Selected contributors will be invited to contribute full papers on or before  December 15, 2023.
Research papers should not exceed more than 6000 words. All submissions should be composed in MS Word, typed in font Times New Roman in size 12 with a line spacing of 1.5. Follow the latest MLA format in referencing and formatting the papers. Use Works Cited pattern for the research methodology. End notes and foot notes have to be avoided. The book will be published from a reputed publisher with an ISBN.
Authors should mail their submissions to the following email address:
Submissions will undergo a two-tier evaluation. They will be evaluated by the Editors or members of the Editorial Board; and based on their relevance to the pertaining field, uniqueness in ideas or the depth of critical thinking they will be sent for blind peer reviewing. The Editors, members of the Editorial Board and the esteemed Reviewers are fully empowered to edit and modify the articles in order to conform to the standards set by the editors. Plagiarism is strongly condemned and will not be tolerated. Articles will be scanned using the latest software. Please quote and document any lines or ideas borrowed/used and appropriately acknowledge the original author. While sending the submissions the contributors must certify that their work is unpublished, original and free from any kind of plagiarism. They must also acknowledge that the submission has not been sent for publication elsewhere.


Dr. Marlon Fick
Associate Professor
Department of Literature and Language
The University of Texas Permian Basin, the USA

Dr. Kumar, A. 
Department of Higher Education
Email :