CFP Proposed 2015 SSAWW Edited Collection

Call for Proposed SSAWW Edited Collection and Senior Scholar


The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) is seeking abstracts (250 words) for essays (7500-8500 words, excluding notes) on American women writers and liminality for a proposed edited collection. We also seek a senior scholar in the field of American women writers to write the preface to the collection and, if interested, join the team as a co-editor.

The proposed collection builds on the popular CFP on liminality and hybridity for both SSAWW’s panels at the 2015 American Literature Association Conference and for SSAWW’s 2015 triennial conference. The timeline for the selection of essays and submission of the edited collection proposal appears below. Direct questions about this new publication initiative to:

Essay Abstracts: DUE December 10, 2015
Submit your 250-word abstract and 1 page CV to: In the subject line of the email and on your abstract, please note whether your proposed essay primarily focuses on (1) American women writers from the early period, (2) the 19 century, or (3) the 20th/21st century. All are welcome to submit abstracts; accepted authors should be members of SSAWW.

Senior Scholar: DUE December 10, 2015
Submit a letter of interest (250 words) that highlights your qualifications, interest, and preferred level of involvement (serve as co-editor and/or write preface) and a current CV to: In the subject line of the email please include the words “Senior Scholar.” The selected senior scholar should be a member of SSAWW.

American Women Writers and Liminality
The term liminality is arguably most familiar in postcolonial contexts; however, this critical concept draws on multiple disciplines and privileges inclusion. Often informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, the term contests exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among other variables. The word “limen,” from which liminality derives, designates threshold. The threshold functions simultaneously as both an obstructive barrier and an enticing opening for the entry into unknown, perhaps unknowable states that invite exploration. Both spatial and temporal, the liminal is a site of in-betweenness enabling non-normative perspectives. It is a site where difference becomes encounter as well as a location that resists assimilation while simultaneously allowing for the dynamic possibilities of fusion that hybridity embraces and articulates.

With the theme of liminality, the proposed edited collection aims to celebrate the multiplicity of American women’s writing across a longstanding literary tradition that continues to be dynamic in contemporary times. The theme of liminality, and the wide range of implications and meanings that this expansive concept implies, will facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between, among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women. Thus, through a focus on liminality, the proposed collection hopes to present the varied ways in which women, as critics, dramatists, educators, essayists, journalists, oral storytellers, poets, novelists, short story writers, and practitioners of both older and emerging forms, invent and reinvent the American literary and cultural landscape.

Possible topics involving the theme may include but are not limited to such keywords and ideas as:
·      Alienation and/or disillusionment as states of in-betweenness
·      Borders and peripheries
·      Boundaries between/within the built environment and/or the natural environment
·      Child, adult and blurring boundaries
·      Collaboration
·      Crossings
·      Cross-species encounters: human and animal relationships
·      Horizontal and/or vertical paradigms of social constructs
·      The hyphen
·      In between public and private or the semi-private, the semi-public
·      In between resilience and vulnerability
·      Liminal spaces in the home
·      Immigration and/or citizenship
·      Inside and outside‹the academy, the canon, etc.
·      Leadership from, on, within the margins
·      The mainstream and/or the subversive
·      The margin and/or the center
·      Mutations
·      Obscurity and celebrity
·      Outliers
·      Porosity
·      Pressures of normalization
·      Technology and the human
·      Transatlantic
·      Transcontinental
·      Transgender
·      Transgressions

SSAWW Editorial Team
·      Co-Editors: Miranda A. Green-Barteet and Kristin J. Jacobson
·      Introduction authors: Miranda A. Green-Barteet and Rita Bode
·      Preface author: senior scholar (TBA)
·      Section Editors: Kristin Allukian, Rickie-Ann Legleitner and Leslie Allison

Proposed Content Distribution
·      Early American (Pre- and Colonial America) Women Writers (3-4 essays)
·      19th-Century American Women Writers (3-4 essays)
·      20th/21-Century American Women Writers (3-4 essays)

·      Abstracts and Senior Scholar application due Dec. 10, 2015
·      Review abstracts and send out notifications by Jan. 15, 2016
·      Complete essays due June 1, 2016
·      Proposal submission to publisher August 2016

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