New Casebook Series on McCarthy Seeks Proposals for Individual Chapters
Rick Wallach and Dave Holloway will be editing a multi-volume series of
casebooks on Cormac McCarthy's collected works, and invite proposals for essays to be included in these books. The series will include: a volume on the early stories and the first three Appalachian novels The Orchard Keeper, Outer Dark and Child of God; a volume on Suttree; a volume on Blood Meridian; and an extensive volume on the Border Trilogy.
One one level, the volumes will be in traditional casebook format: we are looking for essays that focus on structural issues like theme, character, plot, style, literary and historical sources. However, the editors are particularly interested in proposals that offer 'political' readings of McCarthy's work, and considerations of how the "political unconscious" operates throughout these tradition literary elements. Possible areas for individual essays might therefore include: a range of feminist readings, Marxian readings, ecocritical readings, essays looking at McCarthy's representation of Mexico, and so forth. The definition of a 'political' reading may also encompass essays looking at the connections between McCarthy's writing and the broader
social and historical contexts in which he writes: the Cold War and post Cold-War periods, dissenting cultures of the 1960s, the rise of the New Right, Reaganism, the economics of the post-War South and West, and so on. These possible areas for discussion are only indicative, and proposers are invited to submit their own suggestions for essays that might fit within the rubric outlined above.
Each casebook will be aimed primarily at an undergraduate readership, and authors are advised to bear this in mind when submitting proposals. We anticipate that finished essays would be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length.
Proposals should give a detailed outline of the essay in a precis of
500-1000 words, and can be sent to Rick at email@example.com, or to Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. We suggest that email proposals be sent to both simultaneously.
In North, Central and South America. you can also write to Rick at 11401 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176; from Europe, Asia, Africa
and Australia, to Dave at 60 Abbey Lane, Sheffield S8 OBP, United Kingdom.
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 30th, 2000. Completed
articles would be due by December 1st , 2000.
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