We invite submissions of abstracts of articles for an anthology on Race and Poetry, edited by Laura McCullough and Dwayne Betts. Abstracts should be submitted by Oct. 25, 2011. The goal is to generate an inclusive and broad exfoliation of the subject with an ear towards essays that will work in dialogue with each other, though not necessarily in agreement. Please include a short biographical statement with your abstract.
Essays appearing in the anthology will average 3,000 words. They can range from the lyric to the academic (hence, poets who are not scholars are invited to submit), but should be cited in Chicago style where citation is required. If an abstract is accepted, we'll send a note indicating any additional formatting requests.
WE ARE OPEN to ideas and perspectives that we have not thought of, but some things to consider:
--Exploration of one or more poets vis-a-vis racial elements in the work or surrounding the work
--Matters of race in editorial or publishing processes
--Where race and class collide in poetry/ where race and sexuality/gender issues collide
--Teaching and mentoring issues
--Writing across racial identities
--The Black/white racial line in American poetry
--Poetics specific to minority groups: pan-Asian, Hispanic, Latino/a, Arab/Israeli, Black, etc. (additional note: on non-Black/white issues, how does race get framed outside of black/white relations, and to what degree is this present in the poetry, or just an addendum that makes its way into prose conversations?)
--Racial concerns in translation, global, European (additional note: Is race a factor that poets become aware of when they enter America, or is it already in their dialogue (through the work) independent of their interactions with America? Are the issues that are analogous to race (ethnicity, culture) that create the same significant barriers amongst people?
--Appropriation and alterity: empathy or literary colonization (additional note on “Permissions:” much of the conversations around race seem to revolve around the idea “the last shall be first.” Is implicit in any discussion of race this hierarchy that always either devalues or mistrusts any voice that (in skin color, in ethnicity, in social status) seems equivalent to “the man.”)
--Post racial poetics (This idea has been explored before, but the editors would like to see if the idea of post-black has in any way changed the poetic stance of our major writers, which is to say, is there a continuum, an arc in the discussions of race (black/white) in poetry or has there been significant changes to mark the significant changes we’ve seen in the world.
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