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Call for Submissions: Teaching World Epics (MLA Options for Teaching)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019  

Teaching World Epics will focus on narratives that fit within parameters commonly associated with the epic genre (long-cherished stories of memorable deeds by larger-than-life characters whose actions carry great stakes for their communities). The volume will give university and high school instructors tools and ideas to fruitfully teach epics from across the globe in courses dedicated exclusively to world epics, in more general comparative literature courses, in courses designed by topic or theme, and in courses in other areas, such as peace and conflict studies, women’s studies, and religious studies.

Proposals focusing on epics from Asia, Africa, and the Americas are especially welcome. Contributors are asked to share their own teaching strategies and to focus on topics most relevant for their particular texts. At the same time, completed essays will also be expected to address the following: selection of episodes that can be read in the span of one to two weeks; the best available (paperback) editions in English; principal issues raised by the text related to its socio-political and cultural context; themes that are especially relevant in our contemporary world and apt to resonate with students; sample questions for discussion; additional resources and web-related materials (such as art, performances).

If you are interested in contributing to the proposed volume, please send an abstract (300–350 words) and short professional biography to Jo Ann Cavallo (jac3@columbia.edu) by February 1, 2020. Completed essays will be requested at a later stage pending MLA approval of the prospectus.

https://www.mla.org/Publications/MLA-Book-Publications/Contribute-to-a-Book-in-Development/World-Epics


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