Contributions Sought for Proposed Volume on the New Critics: Formalist Literary Theory and Practice in America.
The American New Critics: I welcome abstracts and full essays for a proposed volume on the history and methodology of American "New Criticism." Essays that deal in an original manner with the history of this formalist movement (including its impact and legacy in higher education, its connections to Continental formalist movements and authors, etc.) are especially encouraged, as are essays that address the theoretical and philosophical implications of New Critical practice. A good general description of the proposed book's area would be "history of literary criticism and theory." I am in talks with a publisher regarding this volume, and will submit a formal proposal after I have selected contributors.
Abstracts should be approximately 500 words long. Please submit abstracts in MS Word or RTF by email attachment (or inline) to Dr. Alfred J. Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org and include in your e-mail's subject heading the phrase "New Criticism" along with your name. Please include a CV as a separate attachment, and if you maintain an academic website, you are welcome to include a link to it in your abstract or CV. My preference is for work that has not yet been published, but I will consider previously published material.
The deadline for abstracts is August 31, 2007. I will confirm receipt promptly.
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