[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Special Issue of MELUS: The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies

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Feb.  13, 2010

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Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:18:45 -0500
From: Josh Lambert <josh.lambert at nyu.edu>
Subject:  Special Issue of MELUS: The Future of Jewish American Literary 

Call for Papers
Special Issue of MELUS: The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies
Guest Editors: Lori Harrison-Kahan and Josh Lambert

Addressing questions raised by the 2009 MLA roundtable , "Does the English 
Department Have a Jewish Problem?," this special issue of MELUS will 
survey the current state of Jewish American literary scholarship and 
explore new directions for the future of the field. The issue aims to 
highlight innovative approaches that will reinvigorate and redefine the 
study of Jews and Jewishness in American literature and to examine 
challenges posed by Jewish literature to the disciplinary and theoretical 
paradigms of American and ethnic literature.

We invite a broad range of contributions, but topics of particular 
interest include:

   New opportunities for the study of Jewish literature created by recent 
critical approaches such as whiteness, transnational, comparative ethnic, 
and multilingual studies, and book history
   Moving beyond equations of Jewishness with whiteness (e.g., essays on 
American Jews of color, Sephardic Jews, and non-Jewish ethnic writers 
whose work addresses
Jewishness)  Gender, sexuality, and queer identity (e.g., essays on 
underrepresented women, gay, and lesbian writers)
   Aesthetic contributions of Jewish writers to the development of American 
   Essays on texts written, in whole or in part, in languages other than 
English, such as Yiddish and Hebrew
   Studies in genres other than prose fiction, including poetry, 
autobiography, drama, criticism, children's and young adult literature, 
graphic narratives
   Pedagogical approaches to integrating Jewish literature into multi-ethnic 
literature curriculum

Completed papers in MLA format should be between 7000-9000 words, 
including notes and works cited. Queries concerning possible submissions 
as well as book reviews are welcome. Please send essays as e-mail 
attachments to Lori Harrison-Kahan (harrislo at bc.edu). The author's name 
should not appear on the manuscript, but should be included on a separate 
title or cover sheet, which should also contain complete mailing and 
e-mail addresses.

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2010.
Josh Lambert
Dorot Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
New York University

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