Call for Papers
THE TAKEOVER: Street Lit's Market Capture as Art, Controversy & Commercial Phenomenon
Keenan Norris, Editor
You already know the topic and the controversy. We want to go deeper.
Our anthology will assemble a collection of scholarly essays, articles, and interviews about street lit. We seek to build upon the short-form commentaries of Gerald Early, Bernice McFadden, Karen Grigsby-Bates, Kristina Graaff, Mark Reynolds, Omar Tyree and others, and present a wide-ranging exploration of the topic. THE TAKEOVER will go into more extensive and diverse detail than any critical work on the subject has thus far. Not only will we give voice to the competing sides in the debate around street litís artistic validity, but we will also chronicle street litís history as a sub-genre within African-American letters about urban spaces dating back decades, the mechanics of its commercial emergence in the 1990s, and its contribution to (orÖfrom) current understandings of mass incarceration, poverty and violence in America, and the market for books by and about black people.
Abstracts: 250-750 words
Deadline for Abstracts: August 10, 2012
Deadline for Complete Papers: November 1, 2012 (4000-7000 words)
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