CFP: Teaching Western American Literature
by Randi Tanglen <>

*CFP: Teaching Western American Literature*

We invite submissions for a proposed collection of essays on teaching
western American literature.  If, as scholars and teachers of Western
literatures and cultures, we regularly share our research, we perhaps do
not as often get the chance to share new and innovative strategies for
teaching courses or individual works in Western studies.  Our volume seeks
to fill this gap by offering a range of essays on teaching Western
literatures and cultures that will appeal to specialists and
non-specialists, faculty and graduate students, and experienced and
inexperienced instructors alike.  We are particularly interested in
critically, historically, and theoretically informed essays that address
practical aspects of course, assignment, and/or curricular design and that
offer pioneering (or tried-and-true) strategies and approaches to specific
pedagogical issues, subfields, classroom technologies, secondary or
supplementary materials, authors, and texts.  We also welcome essays that
offer strategies for bringing Western literary and cultural studies and
courses into the broader disciplines of literary and cultural studies.

Possible essay topics include approaches to teaching:

   - Indigenous writing of and about the west
   - Pre-1900 western literature and chronological definitions of western
   - Gender, feminism, and queer approaches to western literature
   - Western literatures as counter-histories
   - Borders, frontiers, and geographical definitions of the west
   - Place, identity, and critical regionalism
   - Westerns and the post-west
   - Visual culture and images of the west
   - Literature and environment
   - Western Studies and Disability Studies
   - Racial, ethnic, and religious difference in western literature
   - The west in local, national, and global contexts
   - Teaching western literature to millennial students, veterans, and
   first-generation college students

250-500 word proposals should be sent to the editors by May 1, 2016. For
those asked to contribute to the collection, we anticipate that completed
essays of approximately 20 pages (MLA formatting) will be due by Nov. 15,
Randi Tanglen                                                       Brady
Department of English                                           Department
of English
Austin College
University of Montana
Sherman, TX 75090                                              Missoula, MT
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