American Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present. Proposal deadline: 15 September 2011. Essay deadline: 15 January 2012.

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Ferda Asya, Associate Professor of English, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
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The editor of a collection of essays for a book, tentatively titled American Writers in Europe: 1850 to the Present, invites proposals for original essays on the literary works written by American writers who lived and wrote in Europe from 1850 to the present.

Over the decades, European experience has been a crucial part of the personal and creative life of American writers. Visits to such European cities as Paris, London, Rome, Florence or Istanbul have been made by such American writers as Nathaniel Parker Willis, Herman Melville, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, John Dos Passos or James Baldwin to escape from the personal, social, or political repressions in America or to break away from the provinciality of American life and embrace the sophistication of European centers. In the last few decades, however, with the advent of globalization and the ease in communication and travel, American writers' sojourn abroad has profoundly changed. For instance, a writer such as Diane Johnson no longer calls herself an expatriate but an American writer living part of the year in Paris.

The book aims to focus on writers in three periods: those who arrived in Europe between 1850 and 1920, those who crossed the Atlantic between 1920 and 1970, and those who have been traveling between the continents from 1970 to the present.

The primary readers of this essay collection will be academic, at the undergraduate level and graduate level. The secondary readers will be the general public. Especially when the enduring interest of the general public in the American expatriate writers is evidenced by the popularity of David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900 (Simon & Schuster, 2011), the publication of a book of academic essays offering particularly a comparison between the American expatriate writing of the turn of the twentieth century and of the twenty-first century will fill an academic void and meet the needs of readers both the academic and general.

Proposals should be within 700 to 1,000 words. They should include a clear title, an original thesis indicating a unique and significant contribution to the relevant scholarship, a compelling argument, and the critical and theoretical strategies which will be undertaken in the essay. Complete curriculum vitae and contact information should accompany the proposals.

The deadline for proposals is September 15, 2011. All materials should be sent electronically to Ferdâ Asya at A receipt-e-mail will be sent immediately and a response-e-mail will be sent by October 1, 2011.

Essays should be between 20 and 30 double-spaced pages long. They should be written following the MLA (2009) style for format, in-text citation, and documentation, and using the Times New Roman, 12 point type. The deadline for completed essays is January 15, 2012.

Ferdâ Asya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
111A Bakeless Center for the Humanities
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: (570) 389-4433