Lost and Found: The Recovery of American Literature
We are looking for contributions to the collection Lost and Found:
The Recovery of American Literature. A survey of the nations literary history during the twentieth century would identify a vast body of work that has been read by one generation of readers but lost from the view of the next. This could be due to the economics of the publishing industry, shifting political and social values, or changes in literary taste and criticism. This volume will consider American literature in the twentieth century that has been thought lost but later recovered and appreciated for its literary significance, or its reflection on a particular historical time or cultural movement. However, the volume will also consider books that have yet to be recovered. A process of loss and recovery raises interesting questions: What is it to be lost and found? What does the process tell us about the way literature and criticism operate in different historical moments? How and why has scholarship
accepted or rejected such a process of recovery? Are current theories of trauma and testimony connected with that process?
A major publisher has expressed interest in the project.
Possible topics may include (but are not limited to)
changing notions of American culture and identity
canonical/marginal American writing
the Lost Generation
nostalgia and memory
grief, trauma, and testimony
theories of loss
the loss of literature
lost writers and marginal voices
Essays must be between 4000-6000 words (double spaced) in length and should avoid, where possible, using alienating jargon. Citations should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition (Humanities). Please include the following with your essay: 1) 200-word biography of yourself; 2) full name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, and phone number.
Submissions can be sent electronically in an attachment (MSWord only) to both emails below. Essays must be received by 1st December 2008. Enquiries are warmly welcomed to either Robert Ward or Colin Winborn:
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