Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean RhysRhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys
We seek submissions of completed essays for a collection on the writings of Jean Rhys. Although Rhyss critical reputation has steadily grown since the publication of _Wide Sargasso Sea_ in 1966 and her death in 1979, only one edited collection of Rhys criticism has been published to date. In fact, given the sense that there is an emerging industry devoted to Rhys and her work, the lack of a collection of current scholarship on Rhys is puzzling and perhaps speaks to the challenges of categorizing a writer who crosses the boundaries of modernism, postcolonial studies, Caribbean studies and womens and gender studies.
This book will seek to position Rhys as an important writer in multiple genres and fields of study. We envision this collection as a wide-ranging examination of the variety of Rhyss work, including consideration of her letters, short stories, and memoirs as well as the novels. We encourage submissions that examine Rhyss work through the lens of any of the fields listed above, or that use Rhyss work to examine the connections between them. We are particularly interested in essays that expand the critical discourse about Rhys beyond _Wide Sargasso Sea_.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Domesticity and Rhys
Rhys and National Identities
Rhys and Reading / Reading in Rhys
Landscape in Rhys / Rhys and place
Rhys's Short Stories
Rhys and Other Colonial Women Writers
Rhys and Transnational/Plantation/Caribbean Modernisms
Maternity in Rhys
Rhyss Personal Narratives
The Rhys Industry/Rhyss Place in Literary Studies
Complete essays of 20-25 pages are due by June 1, 2011. Contributors will be advised of whether their submission has been accepted by August 1, 2011. Please send any questions to Mary Wilson (mary.wilson_at_cnu.edu) or Kerry Johnson (kerry.johnson_at_merrimack.edu).
Conference Location: n/a, n/a
Conference Starts: June 01, 2011
Conference Ends: June 01, 2011
CFP Submission Deadline: June 01, 2011
For more information, contact: Mary Wilson