CfP: History and the Twilight Series (Publication); DL: July 15, 2009

Editor: Nancy Reagin, Pace University
Proposals Due July 10, 2009

We are currently accepting proposals for essays to be included in an edited collection with the working title of “Twilight and History,” to be published by Blackwell Publishing in June, 2010. We’re looking for essays that historicize Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, examining individual characters or aspects of the series against a historical backdrop, or analyzing how popular historical understandings inform the series. The collection is aimed at a broader audience than is the case for many scholarly collections, and seeks to make visible or problematize the use of historical contexts or events within the series for readers of the novels. We welcome work from historians or those in cognate disciplines, including gender studies, Native American studies, religious studies, or cultural studies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: masculine honor and gender roles in Edward’s youth —- more than a generation gap: marriage and courtship when Edward was a child —- Twilight werewolves and werewolves in historical legend —- essays that examine Jacob, Emily, Leah, Sam and their people against the history of the Quileutes and Northwest Pacific native cultures —- Carlisle and witchcraft persecutions in Early Modern England —- Alice Cullen and the (mis)treatment of the insane in 19th century America —- The Amazon coven and South American native cultures —- The Cullens and European vampire folklore —- the Volturi, art patronage, and politics in Italian history

This collection will be published by Blackwell Publishers, which will pay contributors an honorarium of $350.

Please email a 500-word proposal, a one-page c.v., and contact information to Nancy Reagin at nreagin [AT] by July 10, 2009.

Notification of accepted proposals will be made by July 15, 2009.
Chapter drafts of approximately 5,000 words will be due by Sept. 15 2009.

Proposals due: July 10, 2009.* Please submit proposals of approx. 500 words as Microsoft Word (97-03 .doc format) or rich text file (.rtf) attachments
to Nreagin [AT] Please include your name and contact information on your proposal, and include a short (one-page) c.v, as well.

We will respond to proposals by July 15th; essay drafts will be due Sept. 15, 2009. Final essays should be approximately 5000 words.

Contact Information:
Email inquiries are preferred, especially over the summer.

Nancy Reagin, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies
Pace University
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-1676
Nreagin [AT]


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