[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--CFP (deadline extended to 10/15): The Future of Jewish American Literary Studiwa

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July 19, 2010

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Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 14:56:02 -0400
From: Josh Lambert <josh.lambert at nyu.edu>
Subject:CFP (deadline extended to 10/15): The Future of Jewish American 
Literary Studies.

Call for Papers (deadline extended to 10/15):

The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies
A special Issue of MELUS (Multi-Ethic Literature of the United States):
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 are listed below. We are particularly seeking additional essays 
that deal with American Yiddish and Hebrew texts.

- Pedagogical approaches to integrating Jewish literature into 
multi-ethnic literature curriculum
- 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 
- 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

Completed papers in MLA format should be between 7000-9000 words, 
including notes and works cited. Queries concerning possible submissions 
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: October 15, 2010
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