CFP: The cultural and historical significance of Don McLean's "American Pie"
Since its release nearly forty years ago, Don McLean’s song “American Pie” has become an indelible part of U.S. culture. It has sparked countless debates about the various references within the song, it has been celebrated as a chronicle of American life from late 1950s through the early 1970s, and it has become iconic itself as it has been remade, parodied, and referenced within numerous texts and forums since its initial popularity in the winter of 1971-1972.
We are seeking essays for an edited volume that will focus on the cultural and historical significance of the song to U.S. culture as well as internationally. We seek to include and we welcome a wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as a range of topics, which may include, but certainly are not limited to:
o Interpretations of the text or aspects of the text
o Analysis of the significance of the text within the context of its times
o Examination of the continuing significance of the text in U.S. culture and internationally
o Analysis of remakes of, revisions of, and references to the song in popular culture
o Contributions of the song to the history of musical expression
o Theoretical examinations of the literary significance or literary structure of the song
For consideration for this project, please submit an abstract of your proposed essay by May 31, 2009, to Raymond I. Schuck by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at School of Communication Studies, 302 West Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403. We anticipate review of abstracts and notification of acceptance for the volume within a few weeks of the due date for abstracts, with full manuscripts for accepted essays due October 31, 2009. Please also feel free to direct any inquiries about the project to Dr. Schuck at the same contact information.
Raymond I. Schuck, Ph.D.
Department of Interpersonal Communication
School of Communication Studies
302 West Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Department of History, Politics, and Justice
Hill Memorial 204
Ohio Northern University
Ada, Ohio 45810 Email: email@example.com
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