Cached in the Hills: Critical Essays on Ozarks Literature (new proposal deadline: 10/15/23) (Seeking additional chapters)

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
John J. Han & C. Clark Triplett / Missouri Baptist University
contact email: 
  • New deadline for proposal submissions (250 words): October 15, 2023
  • New deadline for completed essays (15-20 pages double spaced): January 15, 2024

The editors have accepted ten chapters and would like to add 5-7 more.  Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings (ed. Stephen W. Hines)
  • Constance Wagner’s novel Sycamore (1950)
  • Poetry of George Pool Ballard (1882–1951), an African-American poet
  • Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari (2020), a Korean-American screenplay
  • Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey (1877-1948), an Ozarks poet and nonfiction writer
  • Mark Twain’s essay “The United States of Lyncherdom” (written in 1901)
  • John Fletcher Gould or, at least, a study of the “Upper South” section in his 1941 poetry collection South Star
  • Frank Stanford’s poetry
  • Clyde Edwin Tuck’s The Bald-Knobbers: A Novel of the Ozarks (1930)
  • Steve Yates’s novel The Legend of the Albino Farm (2017)

We particularly welcome proposals on Ozarks writings by and about women and ethnic minorities. 

We seek submissions from both literary scholars and nonliterary academics who have some background in literature and the humanities.  To express interest and request more detailed information on additional chapters, please e-mail John J. Han at john.han@mobap.edu. Abstracts of proposed essays (250 words) and a brief professional vita should be submitted as Word attachments by October 15, 2023.  The deadline for completed essays of 15-20 pages is January 15, 2024.  We plan to finish editing accepted submissions by February 15, 2024, and contact an academic press.

John J. Han, Ph.D.

Co-Editor, Certainty and Ambiguity in Global Mystery Fiction: Essays on the Moral Imagination (Bloomsbury Academic, 2024), Worlds Gone Awry: Essays on Dystopian Fiction (McFarland, 2018), and The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature (Peter Lang, 2015)

Professor of English and Creative Writing
Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis, MO 63141
john.han@mobap.edu

C. Clark Triplett, Ph.D.
Co-Editor, Certainty and Ambiguity in Global Mystery Fiction: Essays on the Moral Imagination (Bloomsbury Academic, 2024), Worlds Gone Awry: Essays on Dystopian Fiction (McFarland, 2018), and The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature (Peter Lang, 2015)

Emeritus Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology
Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis, MO 63141
clark.triplett@mobap.edu

 

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 THE ORIGINAL CALL FOR PAPERS:

  • Cached in the Hills: Critical Essays on Ozarks Literature
  • Deadline for proposal submissions: May 1, 2022

Deadline for completed essays: November 1, 2022

The editors seek previously unpublished critical essays for a new volume tentatively entitled Cached in the Hills: Critical Essays on Ozarks Literature.  The Ozarks—located in southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and small parts of Oklahoma and Kansas—boasts a rich history of creative writing.  Native American oral literature has existed since ancient times, but English-language Ozarks writing arose in the early 1800s.  As a European-American explorer, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft published Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw,the first book-length chronicle of the Ozarks, in 1821.  Since then, numerous texts set in the Ozarks have appeared.  Some are written by Ozarkers, but others by “outlanders” or “flatlanders” who are interested in and curious about the region.  All literary types are represented in Ozarks literature: folklore, fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.  

Since the mid-twentieth century, several collections of Ozarks writing have been published.  They include Florence Woodlock McCullough’s Living Authors of the Ozarks and Their Literature (1940, 1945), Miller Williams’s Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader (1981), Anthony Priest’s Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology (2013), and Phillip Douglas Howerton’s Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology (2019).  Despite the production of these anthologies, no book-length critical study of Ozarks literature exists.  Cached in the Hills: Critical Essays on Ozarks Literature aims to fill a much-needed gap by gathering essays written from various critical perspectives.  Possible topics include but are not limited to: 

  • The idea of the Ozarks vs. the reality of the Ozarks
  • A sense of place in Ozarks literature
  • The Ozarks as a perceived frontier
  • Constancy and change in Ozarks literature
  • Ecology in Ozarks literature
  • Otherization in Ozarks literature
  • The lure of the region in Ozarks literature
  • The uniqueness of Ozarks literature
  • The universality of Ozarks literature
  • Writings by the Country Life and Arcadian in-migrants in the early 20th century  
  • Writings by the “back-to-the landers” in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Multicultural literature of the Ozarks
  • The Ozarks and race
  • The changing roles of women in Ozarks literature
  • A study of an Ozarks author who is nationally recognized or regionally established

To express interest and request more detailed information, please e-mail John J. Han at john.han@mobap.edu.  Abstracts of proposed essays (500 words) and a brief professional vita should be submitted as Word attachments by May 1, 2022.  Deadline for completed essays of 15-20 pages is November 1, 2022.