CFP: Edited Collection

January 23, 2013

William Carlos Williams and the Visual Arts: A Hundred Years after the Armory Show

Original work is sought for a collection of critical essays on William Carlos Williams and the visual arts.  As evident in his friendships with artists and his commentary about art, William Carlos Williams thought deeply about the relation of art and his poetics.  “I might easily have become a painter,” he memorably recounts in I Wanted to Write a Poem, “… except that the articulate art of poetry gave a more immediate opportunity for the attack” (3).  The 1913 Armory Show centennial provides a unique time for new study of the ways visual arts influenced Williams’s thoughts and writings; it is our hope that this volume will generate renewed interest among literary scholars and art historians about this dynamic aspect of Williams’s legacy.  By showcasing new ways of thinking about Williams’s association with the visual arts, this edition will contribute greatly to the rich history of Williams scholarship on this topic.

Though the book has not yet been contracted, it is believed an academic press will sponsor this collection. Query letters are in the process of being considered.
Completed essays will range from 7,000 to 10,000 words, though provisions may be made for longer essays. The aim is to complete the manuscript by late 2013 for 2014 publication.
Interested authors are to submit a 500-word abstract, as well as a current CV, in MS Word format by April 15, 2013.

For submission of proposals and/or inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Dan Morris, Professor of English, Purdue University:
Dr. Paul Cappucci, Professor of English, Georgian Court University: