Forum: Simms on the Syllabus
In conjunction with the upcoming special topic issue of The Simms Review on “Simms’s Circle,” the editor invites contributors to take part in a published forum discussing Simms on the Syllabus. The forum will feature less-formal, more reflective pieces that discuss Simms as a focus of teaching — his place on the curriculum and in the classroom. Consider, for example, the following:
· Which Simms texts work particularly well in the classroom…which are difficult to teach?
· What works have you taught successfully in the past, or which works do you hope to teach in the future?
· In what courses is the author’s study essential?
· In what contexts does Simms best fit on the curriculum?
· Which authors, genres, movements, or literary periods does Simms pair or converse with the best?
· What place does Simms have in identity studies, like AfAm, Gender, Queer, Disability, etc.?
· How does Simms’s work fit with transatlantic studies or (post-)colonialism?
· Outside of the literature classroom, where should Simms be taught?
Submissions to the forum should be between 500-1,500 words and should be written in a conversational manner. Firm conclusions are not required; speculative ruminations and think-pieces will be welcome. Please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15, 2014 for full consideration for the forum. Please also feel free to contact the editor, Todd Hagstette, at any time if you would like to discuss a proposed tack or ask any questions about the journal or the special issue. Thank you.