Miscellany seeks essays for special “Folklore and the Literature of Louisiana” edition

The Louisiana Folklore Miscellany is seeking essays for a special Spring 2016 issue called “Folklore and the Literature of Louisiana.” We are inviting proposals for articles that deal with works of literature about Louisiana; as a whole, the primary goal of the issue is to explore the deep connections between folklore and literature and to trouble the boundaries between literary and lived cultures.

We would be happy to consider proposals that center around folklore in Louisiana literature: novels, poems, plays, or short stories that engage elements of folk culture, elements that include, but are not limited to, ritual and storytelling, folk narrative and music, religion, healing, or art. We also encourage essays that reverse that perspective, that look at the role of Louisiana literature in folklore: how literature works in communities or how it has become a part of folk culture, like reader responses to representations of the state. As we believe that there are multiple ways to think about folklore and literature, we are happy to consider a diversity of approaches to a diversity of texts.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract to Shelley Ingram at singram@louisiana.edu by April 30, 2015. A final manuscript of 5000-6000 words will be due at the end of September.