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    CALL FOR PAPERS: Editors Kimberly A. Collins M.A. Morgan State University and Tyechia Thompson Ph.D candidate Howard University Request Submissions for the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2009
      Editors Kimberly A. Collins M.A. Morgan State University and Tyechia Thompson Ph.D candidate Howard University Request Submissions for the Anthology Street Cred: Expanding the Canon of African American Literature


      This peer reviewed collection of essays will launch a thorough critical and pedagogical examination of the interplay between popular culture and canonized fiction. The writings by a new cast of African American writers, who write within the genre known as "Street Lit," present a space for the African American scholar to chronicle and offer meaning to these writers' works and to assess how these texts represent African American literature. Because these non-canonized African American writers enjoy the attention of an excited new readership, it is critical to examine how and where they may enter the canon of African American literature.

      The essays in the anthology will address the need for an aesthetic critique for the new writers of African American Literature that distinguishes it, if necessary, from generic recognition of "urban literature," "ghetto literature," and/or "street fiction."  Because urban fiction and pedagogy are discussed for the most part independently of each other, there is a lack of thorough scholarship on their function interdependently. This theoretical approach compares loosely to the theoretical frameworks of the Black Arts Movement, particularly in BAM's position as the artistic component of the 1960s and 1970s culture of the Black Power Movement. Similar to how B
      AM used "revolutionary" or anti-establishment tactics by merging political activism and art to address American prejudice and racism to explore black consciousness, many of these new African American writers' approach demonstrate that the urban fiction literary movement uses the aesthetic properties as featured in BAM and more recently in hip- hop.

      The anthology, invites essays on potential canonical writings that are currently undiscovered or under considered. We hope to elicit essays that examine various ways these new writers of African American popular culture novels expand, or fit within the African American literary canon. We also welcome essays that question the inclusion of urban fiction under the umbrella of African American literature.

       Pedagogy: How the current African American popular culture novels work in the classroom? In particular, we are looking for works that offer ways of teaching popular culture texts that offer critical insight into these works' contribution to the humanities while furthering the development of the critical thinking and reading skills in the classroom.

      Criticism:  How do interpretations as they pertain to the function of language, naming, narration or other thematic approaches to African American popular culture novels reflect antecedent texts and/or impact its African American readership?

      Please send a 250 word abstract, along with a short bio (8-10 sentences) by March 30, 2009 to <streetcredbook(at)gmail.com> (replace (at) with @)

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