Call for Contributions to edited collection "Hemispheric Encounters"
We are inviting submissions on original, and previously unpublished research for an edited collection to be published in the peer-reviewed series Interamericana: Inter-American Literary History and Culture (Peter Lang). Our volume on “Hemispheric Encounters: The Early United States in a Transnational Perspective” explores the multiple connections the early United States had to other regions in the hemisphere. The formation and consolidation of national and collective identities in the early United States was not only impacted by the need to distinguish Americans from Europeans but also by its situatedness on the American continent. Historical events such as the Haitian Revolution, economic ties with Caribbean slave economies, and rivalries with other colonial powers in the Americas are just some of the factors that influenced the ways Americans defined themselves as a nation and as individuals.
We are seeking contributions covering the period from (roughly) the 1770s to the 1840s. Suggested topics are (but are by no means restricted to):
-the impact of the Haitian Revolution
-the appropriation of pre-Columbian cultures in the construction of national identities
-travel writing and early expansionism
-cultural contact and conflict in the border zones of the young republic
-the construction of national and transnational collective ethnic identities
-negotiations of slavery in a hemispheric context
-Columbus as a reference point for national identity constructions
-temporality in a transnational context
-border discourses in writings of the period
-the role of visual cultures in transnational discourses
The deadline for contributions is June 1, 2013. Essays should have a length of 6000-8000 words. If you are interested, please send a brief abstract (300 words) and a short CV to Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Markus Heide (email@example.com) by March 31.
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