[Milton-L] CALL FOR PAPERS: The Politics of British Literary Collections from the Dead to the Living

Pruitt, John john.pruitt at uwc.edu
Mon Sep 25 13:52:02 EDT 2006

CALL FOR PAPERS-please excuse cross-postings




In order to fill a gap in the forthcoming edition of scholarly essays on The Politics of British Literary Collections from the Dead to the Living (pub. Cambridge Scholars Press), editors John Pruitt (University of Wisconsin-Rock County) and Sarah Pogell (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) are seeking an essay covering Renaissance collections. Following is the original call for papers:


Scholarship in literary and cultural studies has recently expressed a great deal of interest in the practice of collecting. With her seminal study Making the Modern Reader, Barbara Benedict introduced us to the complexities of anthologies of poetry and prose, collections uniting readers in part by "recontextualizing literature to neutralize political messages." Following Benedict, a number of scholars in museum studies, history, and literature have demonstrated that collecting in a variety of contexts is actually steeped in ideology, either reinforcing or undermining dominant political and social categories. In Susan Pearce's words, "Like all activities, [collecting] is embedded in culture, but through its reflexive nature, it is active within culture." 


For this collection of essays, we welcome proposals considering the politics (in all meanings of the word) at work in the production and consumption of British literary collections from medieval manuscript anthologies to the seventh edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors (2000). Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to: 


-public or private literary collections 
-genre-specific or author-specific collections 
-collections of Scottish, Irish, and/or Welsh texts 
-collections of GLBT and women's writing 
-collections of translations, letters, or juvenilia 
-collections and canonicity 


Examples of submissions currently accepted:


-"The Anthology as Pedagogical Tool for Teaching Elocution in Britain and America, 1750-1800" 
-"The Druggist and the Decorator: The Collections of Henry Wellcome and William Morris"
-"Words for Battle: Literary Anthologies and the Second World War"

-"What Will Survive of Use Are Manuscripts: Collecting the Literary Papers of Living British Writers"


If you're interested, please forward a cv and abstract of 250-300 words to John Pruitt on john.pruitt at uwc.edu.


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