Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, the most-taught text
across disciplines according to the MLA, will soon celebrate its
40th anniversary of publication. Over these forty years it has
received much critical attention, as well some rather virulent
attacks. This volume will reconsider past readings of The Woman
Warrior while offering fresh scholarship geared toward
undergraduates and those who teach the text.
We seek original essays of 5,000 words for a collection of
essays that explore Kingston’s groundbreaking The Woman Warrior,
to be published by Grey House Publishing/Salem Press as part of
the Critical Insights series. In line with the expectations of
the series, essays should provide instructors, undergraduates,
and advanced high school students with a comprehensive
introduction to Woman Warrior that they are likely to encounter,
discuss, and study in their classrooms; and help students build
a foundation for studying the work in greater depth by
introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches,
and critical vocabulary found in scholarship.
Volumes in this series follow a uniform format, including four
introductory essays (each ~5,000 words):
• “Critical Lens” chapter: offers a close reading of Woman
Warrior from a particular critical standpoint;
• “Cultural and Historical Context” chapter: provides a
historical overview of the social and cultural factors affecting
the production and critical discussions of Woman Warrior;
• “Compare/Contrast” chapter: analysis of thematic and stylistic
similarities/differences between Woman Warrior and similar
• “Critical Reception” chapter: surveys major scholarship on
Woman Warrior while addressing major concerns, or aspects, that
scholars have attended to over the years
The collection will also include ten chapters that offer
readings of the text, consider it in various contexts, and/or
explicate in light of important themes in Woman Warrior. Each
essay will be 5,000 words.
Those interested in contributing should send via email a brief
abstract (between 500 – 1,000 words) & two-page CV (highlighting
relevant experience) by November 30, 2015 to the volume editors
at LMoser@Missouristate.edu and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptance notifications will be sent by December 31, 2015.
Completed essays will be due on or before March 31, 2016, with
the possibility of requests for revisions in the month after
that. Authors of essays will receive an honorarium of $250 and a
copy of the volume (additional copies will likely be available
at a discount).
Kathryn West, Professor and Chair,
Linda Trinh Moser, Professor,