Approaches to Teaching the Works of Colson Whitehead

deadline for submissions: 
January 5, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Stephanie Li
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Seeking Contributors for MLA volume, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Colson Whitehead


Edited by Stephanie Li


Colson Whitehead has emerged as one of the most important American writers of the late 20th and 21st centuries. His genre defying works have reshaped African American letters. This volume seeks contributions that offer innovative and insightful approaches to teaching his eleven books including his two non-fiction works, The Colossus of New York (2003) and The Noble Hustle (2014). Essays that take up Whitehead’s most recent novels, Harlem Shuffle (2021) and Crook Manifesto (2023) are especially encouraged. Contributions that focus on one or a variety of his works are welcome. Essays can be aimed at any kind of college classroom from community colleges, liberal arts schools to research institutions as well as in departments of English, Writing, African and African American Studies, American Studies, Communication and Rhetoric.


Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Stephanie Li at by January 5, 2024. Authors will be notified of initial acceptable by March 1st; pending peer review of the book prospectus, finished essays of 3000-3500 words will be due by August 2024. Queries are welcome including requests for feedback on ideas.