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CFP: Folklore-related Essay for Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior

Saturday, February 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The editors of Critical Insights: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts seek essays with a folklore-related approach. If interested, please contact, Linda Trinh Moser at: The original CFP is below.

Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary of publication. Over these forty years it has received much critical attention, as well some rather virulent attacks. This volume will reconsider past readings of The Woman Warrior while offering fresh scholarship geared toward undergraduates and those who teach the text.

The editors seek original essays of 5,000 words each for a collection of essays that explore Kingston’s groundbreaking The Woman Warrior, to be published by Grey House Publishing/Salem Press as part of the Critical Insights series. In line with the expectations of the series, essays should provide instructors, undergraduates, and advanced high school students with a comprehensive introduction to Woman Warrior that they are likely to encounter, discuss, and study in their classrooms; and help students build a foundation for studying the work in greater depth by introducing them to key concepts, contexts, critical approaches, and critical vocabulary found in scholarship.

Volumes in this series follow a uniform format, including four introductory essays (each ~5,000 words): 

  • "Critical Lens" chapter: offers a close reading of Woman Warrior from a particular critical standpoint;   "Cultural and Historical Context" chapter: provides a historical overview of the social and cultural factors affecting the production and critical discussions of Woman Warrior;  
  • "Compare/Contrast" chapter: analysis of thematic and stylistic similarities/differences between Woman Warrior and similar works;   
  • "Critical Reception" chapter: surveys major scholarship on Woman Warrior while addressing major concerns, or aspects, that scholars have attended to over the years   

The collection will also include ten chapters that offer readings of the text, consider it in various contexts, and/or explicate in light of important themes in Woman Warrior. Each essay will be 5,000 words.  

Completed essays will be due on or before March 31, 2016, with the possibility of requests for revisions in the month after that. Authors of essays will receive an honorarium of $250 and a copy of the volume (additional copies will likely be available at a discount).

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