Call for Abstracts for CRITICAL INSIGHTS: HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS, a Collection of Scholarly Essays

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Subject Fields: 
Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature, Race / Ethnic Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

I'm seeking original essays for the proposed book Critical Insights: HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS, a collection of scholarly essays (under contract with Grey House Publishing/EBSCO), on any aspect of Julia Alvarez’s novel. Because Critical Insights volumes are directed toward a readership of advanced high school and undergraduate college students, each chapter will present an argument supported by close reading of text. 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 this novel, which is frequently assigned in high schools, 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 this novel, including a “critical lens” chapter, a chapter on the cultural/historical context of the text, a chapter comparing this text to a similar one, 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 October 5, 2020. Once I have confirmed your submission, I can give you information about deadlines and procedures, but the volume is scheduled to be published during the spring of 2021, so deadlines will be coming up soon. Authors of chapters that appear in the published volume will be paid $250.

Contact Info: 

Kimberly Drake, Associate Professor of Writing, Scripps College