Saturday, January 21, 2012

CFP -- Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching

Mythology and Modern Women Poets: Analysis, Reflection & Teaching

(Call also available in .pdf format here)

Book Publisher: McFarland

Contributors needed for book chapters on modern women poets and mythology, including the following topics:

  • The use of myth by modern women poets
  • Women poets and world creation
  • Myths most commonly appropriated by women poets and critical commentary as to why
  • Critical analyses of modern women poets utilizing myth in their work, including (but certainly not limited to) the following women poets:
  • Olga Broumas
  • C. J. Burns
  • Audre Lord
  • Anne Sexton
  • Louise Gl├╝ck
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Diane Wakoski
  • Hilda Doolittle (H. D.)
  • Joy Harjo
  • Judy Grahn
  • Lili Bita
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Other women poets working with aspects of mythology
  • Comparison/contrast of women poets whose work utilizes the same myths
  • The challenge of feminizing traditionally male mythological perspectives
  • Critical reflections on, and recommendations for, developing courses for/teaching mythology and poetry in the K-12/undergraduate/graduate/workshop levels
  • Critical reflection by women poets on their own creative work related to mythology
  • The challenge women poets face in re-visioning commonly understood myths
  • Scholarly inquiry into why women poets are attracted by mythological structures
  • Other topics relevant to modern women poets and mythology
The above list is not exhaustive; prospective contributors are encouraged to be creative. The above list is not exhaustive; prospective contributors are encouraged to be creative. The intent of this collection is to fuse, in the same volume, critical analysis by scholars, critical reflection by authors, and best practices for teaching topics related to modern women poets and mythology.

No previously published, or simultaneously submitted material.

Editor Colleen S. Harris is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, author of three books of poetry, including The Kentucky Vein (Punkin House, 2011), These Terrible Sacraments (Bellowing Ark, 2010), and God in My Throat: The Lilith Poems (Bellowing Ark, 2009), and co-editor of Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012). Her fourth book of poetry, Gonesongs, is forthcoming in 2013 from Bellowing Ark Press. Colleen holds an MFA degree in Writing and an MS in Library and Information Science. Her poetry has appeared in The Louisville Review, Free Verse, Wisconsin Review, River Styx, and others. Her work has been included in Library Journal, Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (American Library Association, 2010), and Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (All Things That Matter Press, 2009). Colleen works at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a full-time member of the library faculty and occasional adjunct in English and other departments.

Please send titles and abstracts for up to 3 topics for chapter topics you would like to contribute, as well as a 75-90 word author’s bio. Please send in a .doc or .docx Word file attachment by April 30, 2012 using MYTH/your last name in the subject line to poetryandmyth@gmail.com You will receive a confirmation response with guidelines if your topics haven't already been taken. Contributors should plan for each chapter to be between approximately 2000 and 3000 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.

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