[Milton-L] CFP: Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 10:03:20 EST 2018

It seemed apropos to International Women's Day to repost this CFP.
Apologies for cross-posting.

CFP: Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism

Of the 605 proposals received by Bloomsbury for their 2015 33 1/3 Series call
for papers, only 18% of contributors and 11% of artists
were women, even though the female series editor was aggressively
soliciting contributions by and about women. Women in Rock / Women in
Romanticism seeks to address visible shortcomings in scholarship about
women in both popular music and in English Romanticism by bringing the two
together in this collection.

Following up on Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark
Romanticisms <https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319726878> (Palgrave
Macmillan, forthcoming May 2018) and Rock and Romanticism: Blake,
Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2
 (Lexington Books, 2018), Women in Rock / Women in Romanticism seeks to
explore the intersections of contemporary women’s music, film, costume, and
personae — all within the purview of contemporary music — with eighteenth
and nineteenth-century literary, artistic, and musical Romanticisms for the
purposes of understanding the transformations of Romanticism from its
origins to the present.

Consistent with the previous anthologies, “Romanticism” will be understood
for the purposes of this study as a transhistorical, transcultural mode of
artistic expression rather than the creative output of a specific period.
Contributors are encouraged to consult Sayre and Löwy’s Romanticism Against
the Tide of Modernity (2001), which develops a taxonomy of Romanticisms
unified by their definition of Romanticism as a response to the subject
created by capitalism, for a theoretical approach. Rock or contemporary
music can also be approached as part of the reception history of European
and American Romanticisms.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

   - There has been scholarly discussion surrounding the question, “Were
   women 18th/19thC poets Romantics?” How might contemporary female rock
   artists, understood as part of the legacy or reception history of
   Romanticism, address this question?
   - The 20th/21stC female rock guitarist and the 18th/19thC female poet.
   - The influence of female Romantic figures (18th/19thC European and
   American) upon contemporary music by men or women.
   - The appropriation, adaptation, or use of 18th/19thC European and
   American literature, drama, or music by men or women by contemporary female
   - Romanticism and feminism in rock music.
   - Romanticism and gender studies.
   - Romanticism and the “female Gothic.”

This anthology already has a publisher’s interest. By March 31st, 2018,
please email a 350 word proposal that includes your name, title and
institutional affiliation (if applicable), mailing address, phone number,
preferred email address, 100-150 word biographical statement, and a one to
two page recently updated CV to James Rovira at jamesrovira at gmail.com. The
best proposals will show evidence of familiarity with recent scholarship on
the contemporary musician of their choice, on Romanticism as a field
(especially as relevant to your specific approach), and will clearly
explain the chapter’s contribution to our understanding of women,
Romanticism, and/or the Romantic figure or work(s) brought into proximity
with contemporary music. Completed papers are requested by August 31st,

If you need additional time for your proposal, please email me a statement
of interest by March 31st with a projected submission date for your

See also my CFP for *David Bowie and Romanticism

Dr. James Rovira <http://www.jamesrovira.com>

   - Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2
   Books, 2018)
   - Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts
   Chapter 12 (Northwestern UP, 2018)
   - Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety
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