Weird Western (deadline extended)

CFP: Race and Gender in the Weird Western (critical collection)

Deadline extended: May 30

Editors:Kerry Fine, Arizona State University, Michael K. Johnson, University of Maine-Farmington, Rebecca M. Lush, California State University San Marcos, Sara. L. Spurgeon, Texas Tech University

This proposed anthology explores the genre category of the Weird Western–a hybrid genre form that mixes western themes, iconography, settings, or conventions with elements drawn from horror, fantasy, supernatural, or science fiction genres. The particular focus of the anthology will be a critical analysis of race and gender in the Weird Western. We are interested in submissions that explore either how the Weird Western challenges the representation of race and gender in the conventional Western or how the Weird Western can serve as a way to reinforce existing gender and racial paradigms in the Western. We are especially interested in contributions that consider the inclusion and representation of African American and Native American characters in the Weird Western. We are seeking contributions that consider the following possible topics (but the volume’s scope is not necessarily limited to only these):

  • Indigenous Futurism and the Western
  • Afrofuturism and the Western
  • The Queer West in the Weird Western
  • Race and the Weird Western
  • Gender and the Weird Western
  • Sexuality and the Weird Western
  • Weird Westerns by Native American authors
  • Latinx/Chicanx Futurism and the West
  • The Dark Tower (books and/or film)
  • etc

Please send proposals to by May 30, 2017. Proposals should be between 500-700 words. Those with accepted proposals will be expected to submit a full draft (6,000-8,000 words) in August 2017.

Beyond Local Color ( CFP_

Abstracts Invited for a panel titled

“Beyond Local Color: Late 19th-century Regionalisms”

The occasion:

American Literature Association Symposium

“Regionalism and Place in American Literature”

September 7-9, 2017

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

The organizers of the Sept 2017 ALA Symposium on “Regionalism and Place in American Literature” have invited us to “question spatial boundaries and definitions” and to ask what it means “to publish or write ‘regionally.’” With these questions in mind, this proposed panel seeks to tease apart the terms “regionalism” and “local color” within the period most closely associated with the latter. Some regional scholars seek alternatives to “local color” by working in periods other than the late nineteenth century, but this panel seeks to discover varieties of regional expression as they coexisted and possibly competed for authority after the Civil War. Judith Fetterley and Marjorie Pryse have suggested gender differences as a key to recovering alternative regional forms; many other scholars continue to use the terms “regional” and “local color” more or less interchangeably in this period. This panel asks what new angles of vision and methods of study are required to make additional regionalisms visible or legible between 1870 and 1900?

Questions of interest may include:

  • What regionalisms have been made visible by the proliferation of digital nineteenth-century materials?
  • What genres besides the local color magazine sketch negotiated regional meaning and regional relations after the Civil War?
  • Does research on nineteenth-century reading and publishing offer insight into the reception of local color and other regionalisms?
  • Is the local color movement the product of an elite literary consciousness, popular taste, or both? What other regional forms are produced by class differentiation in the late nineteenth century?
  • When local color = regionalism in the late nineteenth century, what exactly is lost?

Please submit 250-300-word paper proposals to Tara Penry, Professor of English, Boise State University ( by June 1 with a subject line of “ALA Panel Abstract.”