Kimberly Drake, the editor of the proposed book Critical Insights: RICHARD WRIGHT, a collection of scholarly essays (under contract with Grey House Publishing/EBSCO), seeks contributions on Wright’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and film/television. I’m looking for original essays on the best-known of Wright’s texts (Uncle Tom’s Children, Black Boy, and Native Son), as well as his lesser-known texts and films made of his texts. Because Critical Insights volumes are directed toward a readership of advanced high school and undergraduate college students, each chapter will present an argument on one or a few of Wright’s texts, supported by close reading of text or images. The argument must be broad enough to reflect one or more primary concerns of that text and to introduce students to previous scholarship on that particular aspect of the text. The goal for the volume is provide a wide-ranging set of critical interpretations of most of Wright’s texts, drawing on current theoretical approaches, written in a style accessible to the target readership. The book will be composed of approximately 14 original chapters, 10 of them literary criticism chapters (5000 words each), and 4 chapters focusing on particular approaches to Wright’s work, including a “critical lens” chapter, a chapter on the cultural/historical context of one text, a chapter comparing 2-3 texts, and a “critical reception” chapter (4000-5000 words each).
To propose a chapter, please send a 300 to 500-word abstract (or more than one abstract) and a cv ASAP, or by June 15, 2018. Once I have confirmed your submission, I can give you information about deadlines and procedures, but the volume is scheduled to be published during fall of 2018, so deadlines will be coming up soon. Authors of chapters that appear in the published volume will be paid for their work.
Kimberly Drake, Associate Professor of Writing