For a 40th-year anniversary special issue, African American Review invites scholarly queries, proposals, and papers for a special issue on Julia C. Collins, African American author of several recently re-discovered essays and the 1865 novel The Curse of Caste, or The Slave Bride. The publication of the special issue will coincide with the 2006 publication of The Curse of Caste, the first since its mid-19th-century serialization in The Christian Recorder, edited by William L. Andrews and Mitch Kachun for Oxford University Press.
AAR also welcomes scholarly work that will contextualize Collins and her extant writings. Prospective topics include the 19th-century African American press, antebellum African American reading habits, antebellum “free” black press in the development of African American literacy/ies, and the black press’s influence on early African American narrative and the novelization of oppression. We also welcome creative submissions that imagine Collins and/or other black women as professional writers, the social impact of The Curse of Caste, the social and personal circumstances under which Collins (and her peers) wrote, and Collins's contemporary audience(s).
Submit 300-500 word proposals, abstracts, and queries by 1 August 2005.
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