CFP for Collection of Essays on Charles Bowden

We are now accepting abstracts for a forthcoming collection of essays entitled, Memories of the Future: Critical Essays on Charles Bowden. We are open to all critical approaches, including feminist, Marxist, critical regionalist, hemispheric, narratological, postcolonial, and ecocritical perspectives. Potential proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• The Apocalyptic Southwest

• Connections between Bowden and other writers (Abbey, McCarthy, Silko, etc.)

• Environmental beauty and destruction

• Genre tensions between the essay, the memoir, crime reporting, gonzo journalism, and history

• Literary journalism in the Southwest

• Globalization and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

• Interplay of text and images in the trilogy of Inferno, Exodus/Éxodo, and Trinity, and/or Juárez: Laboratory of Our Future, and/or Dreamland

• Bowden’s collaborations with Jack Dykinga

• Mexican North and the American West

• Human detritus/”waste” as nature

• Police state(s) vs. anarchism

• Relationships between narcotraficantes and the war on drugs

• Representations of the Mexican Army and/or the U.S. Border Patrol

• Transnational social justice

• Versions of El Sicario (film, articles, and books)

This volume appears almost certain to be the initial scholarly foray into Bowden, and we have already received interest from a major university press. E-mail abstract proposals with a working title and a brief biography or CV by January 15, 2013 to David Cremean ( and D. Seth Horton ( The deadline for final papers will be July 15, 2013. Send any questions or other inquiries to the same emails.


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