The Americanist
Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States

Call for papers

The Americanist, vol. 27 (2012)

Regionalism and American Studies

The motto e pluribus unum affirms the belief that out of many colonies came one nation. The reality, though, is that the United States became a nation with many regions, each with very distinctive traditions, cultures, history, politics, religious orientation, accents, and cuisines. The editors of The Americantist invite submissions -from a variety of scholarly perspectives, including but not limited to literary, historical, sociological, and political-that explore the issue of regionalism in the study of the United States.

Questions to be considered include: What were the sources of regional identity? What structures and institutions perpetuate regional identity? In what ways, did/does popular culture reinforce regional stereotypes? In what ways does the construction of gender, race, and/or class vary from region to region? Case studies that focus on particular aspects of a region as well as close analysis of a particular text, tradition, political debate, etc. are welcome. And, of course, the editors solicit essays that challenge the underlying assumption of the preceding questions: does region really matter in studying the United States?

Deadline for submission: 1 June 2012

The Americanist, vol. 28 (2013)

Years of Hope: Key Texts of the Early 1960s

The Americanist invites submissions for an issue that looks back fifty years to the important cultural, literary, cinematic, and political texts of the 1960s. The goal is to contextualize them and assess their legacy. We welcome essays that analyze, for example,

  • Kennedy, First Inaugural Address
  • Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
  • Harrington, The Other America
  • Carson, Silent Spring
  • Nader, Unsafe at Any Speed
  • The Port Huron Statement
  • King, “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream” speech
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Heller, Catch 22
  • Fulbright, The Arrogance of Power
  • Updike, Rabbit Run
  • Kubrick, dir., Dr. Strangelove
  • Nichols, dir., Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  • Lerner and Lowe, Camelot (the musical play)
  • Kesey, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Beatles, Introducing...The Beatles or Meet the Beatles!
  • Presley, Elvis is Back!

Questions to consider include to what extent these texts represent continuity with the issues and perspectives of the previous decade; to what extent they represent a new direction? Do these texts reflect Todd Gitlin’s assessment that the early 1960s represented “years of hope” or do they contain an undercurrent of discontent and darkness that characterized the “days of rage” at the end of the decade? What is their legacy? Are they merely reflective of a particular moment in American history or did they set in motion changes that are reverberating today?

Deadline for submission: 15 March 2013

Articles submitted should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words inclusive of notes and bibliography. They should be prepared according the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5th Edition and follow American patterns of spelling and punctuation. Please send manuscripts as e-mail attachments (in Word) to: Articles should be double-spaced, with standard margins and font and should include a cover page, with the title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and postal address. The text of the essay should have its title only, without the author’s name.

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