Western Literature Association Session at MLA 2018 (CFP)

Western Literature Association Session at MLA 2018 (January 4-7, NYC)
Please consider submitting a proposal for our allied organization session with the MLA, and feel free to pass the cfp on to anyone who might be interested.
In keeping with the Presidential Theme, States of Insecurity, this proposed session seeks to explore the many ways in which insecurity, broadly defined, has shaped literatures of the North American West. Potential presentations should investigate how literatures aid in the work of stabilizing, destabilizing, exploring, challenging, interpreting, and otherwise navigating states of political, cultural, economic, and environmental insecurity. Both time period and genre are open as long as the works pertain to the North American West. Please submit a 250 word proposal to Dr. Kerry Fine by March 29thkerry.fine@asu.edu. Queries welcome.

Morbid Fascination (CFP)

I invite submissions to a book collection entitled Morbid Fascination: Dark Tourism in the American West.

Editor: Dr. Jennifer Dawes Adkison, Associate Professor of English, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, adkisoj@hsu.edu<mailto:adkisoj@hsu.edu>


Places of death, suffering, and disaster compel our attention; they both intrigue and repel us. Morbid fascination draws tourists to sites as diverse as Pompeii, Auschwitz, and Chernobyl. A growing body of scholarship considers the impulse to visit these places of misfortune and catastrophe and, especially, the mediation and shaping of these sites into touristic destinations. Much of this work, however, has focused on places outside the geographical boundaries of the American West. This collection of essays aims to expand our understanding of Dark Tourism within the context of the West. I invite proposals exploring a range of Western Dark Tourism sites and topics.

Submission details: Proposals for submissions to this collection should include a title, contact information (email, phone, address, including preferred means of contact), and a 500-word abstract. Proposals are due via email to adkisoj@hsu.edu by February 15, 2016. I welcome queries and questions.

Dr. Jennifer Dawes Adkison
Associate Professor of English
Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy
Henderson State University
1100 Henderson Street, Box 7673
Arkadelphia, AR 71999

CFP: Left in the West

Seeking 1-2 essays to complete Left in the West, a collection of critical essays I’m editing about the literary left in the American West.  I am explicitly seeking work that considers the literary/political left in relation to environmental justice/environmental literature. 300-word abstract and author biography due February 1; deadline for completed essays is April 1, 2017. Please send material or queries to Gioia.Woods@nau.edu

CFP: Race and Gender in the Weird Western

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

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 weirdwesterncollection@gmail.com by April 3, 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.

Run For Dana-Farber

As many of you know, one of our young WLA members, Kiara Kharpertian, passed away earlier this year. In her honor, her husband, Kai, is training for a marathon. All funds raised will support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you would like to contribute in Kiara’s memory, please follow this link: http://www.rundfmc.org/2017/kaik

Help support the 2017 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

Percival Everett and the American West (CFP; ALA 2017)

Percival Everett and the American West (CFP; ALA 2017)

Call for Papers for a Panel on Percival Everett and the American West at the 2017 American Literature Association Meeting (Boston; May 25-28)

NPR’s All Things Considered, as part of an interview about his latest collection of short stories Half an Inch of Water (set mostly in Wyoming), introduced Percival Everett as “a man of the West: the region, for him, is a place of calm and comfort, danger and extremes.” He is a two-time winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards for Fiction, a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, the author of around 30 books (novels, short stories, poetry), including the parodic genre western God’s Country, as well as multiple books set in the American West, including Suder, Walk Me to the Distance, Watershed, Wounded, The Water Cure, and Assumption. No other contemporary African American author has accomplished as extensive (and complex) a representation of African American western experience.

This panel will consider and explore Percival Everett’s writing about the American West. Individual papers might examine the relationship between race and region in Everett’s writing; Everett as a (western) genre writer; landscape and environment in Everett’s writing; erasure in Everett’s western texts; or other topics that examine the relationship between Percival Everett’s work and the American West or the western genre.

The Western Literature Association is an affiliated organization of the ALA, and I will be proposing that this panel be submitted as the WLA’s guaranteed panel for the meeting.

For consideration for this panel, please submit an abstract (250-500 words) to Michael K. Johnson (michael.johnson@maine.edu) by December 30, 2016.

The American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).

For further information about the American Literature Association conference, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org.


WLA 2017 (Minneapolis)

A video introduction to the site of the 2017 Western Literature Association Conference:

Minnesota Video