CFP: Essays for “Personal Effects: Essays on Memory, Culture, and Women in the Work of Louise DeSalvo”
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Essays are being solicited for a collection tentatively entitled “Personal Effects: Essays on Memory, Culture, and Women in the Work of Louise DeSalvo,” edited by Nancy Caronia and Edvige Giunta. The book aims to provide a commentary on issues of memory, culture, and women at the turn of this century, specifically as they have been examined by this important author and cultural critic: memory work and its various facets and articulations serve as focal point.
Essays will examine different aspects of DeSalvo’s work as a Woolf biographer, a trauma scholar, a feminist writer, a memoirist and essayist, a teacher of memoir, and a key figure in Italian American literature. We are also interested in other aspects of her work, for example, her little-known novel Casting off. Individual essays may focus on any of her works or particular themes (ethnicity, class, race, trauma, geography, environment, adultery, food, etc.); or they can be comparative and include a discussion of other authors—Italian American or from other backgrounds). We welcome also pedagogical essays; in fact, we anticipate a pedagogical section that will include both pedagogical discussions of DeSalvo’s texts and essays on the influence of DeSalvo on one’s writing and/or teaching experience. We already have a publisher interested in our book project and would like to invite contributions in the form of essays.
250-500 abstracts are due by June 1, 2010. Please also submit a bio (100-150 words) Finished essays (suggested length 5,000-7,500 words, including notes and bibliography. MLA style is required) are due by December 1, 2010. Early inquiries on possible topics are encouraged.
Department of English
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, NY 02881
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New Jersey City University
Jersey City, NJ 07305 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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