The Specter of Race: Stephen King's Representations of Black Masculinities
Call for Papers Date:
This collection seeks to examine is an instance of Stephen King's fascination/repulsion with the body.
In King's works, both literary and filmic, we often see figures of black men whose potent masculinity is pitted against white "impotence". King's depiction of these black men, John Coffey in The Green Mile , or Raggedy Man, the leader of the "zombies" in Cell, to name but two striking and seemingly contradictory instances of "blackness", indicates to what extent his concern with white masculinity and its discontents is filtered through his coded representations of black men.
This edited collection seeks essays on the role of black bodies in King's multiverse. The essays will interrogate the significance of the black body in King and ask how these representations of blackness participate in the construction of otherness in America.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Black bodies and white minds: King's representations of black corporeality
Homoerotic and homosexual bonds in King's work
Writing and the (black) body
King's Southern Gothic
The black Christ
Discussions of filmic and televised adaptations of King's work are welcome.
Please send abstracts of 250 words to Dr. Yael Maurer
The Department of English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
email@example.com by 30.11. 2013. (Queries about the CFP should be directed to the same email address)
Completed essays (4500-7000 words) will be due on 30.7.2014
Dr. Yael Maurer
The English and American Studies department
Tel Aviv University
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