College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance

Call for Papers

For a new volume on Approaches to Teaching Emerson's Essays and Other Works, we seek articles that address a range of pedagogical strategies for teaching this canonical figure in American literature with broader significance in world literature and the study of the essay. These strategies might include: specific approached to individual essays both familiar and forgotten; explorations of the uses of Emerson's other works in the classroom, including poetry, sermons, journals, and lectures, both in relation to the essays, and for their own sake; discussions of biographical, critical, and theoretical materials, as well as local and global cultural contexts effective in teaching Emerson's works; innovative methods and media for presenting the challenging but engaging provocations of Emerson's writing, its fluid style, its range of thinking across traditional disciplines, and its inheritance of transhistorical and transnational ideas.

If you would like to propose an original essay for this volume, please submit an abstract of approximately 500 words in which you describe your approach or topic and explain its potential benefit for students and intsructors alike. Please also submit a brief curriculum vitae. The focus of the proposed essay should be pedagogical. Note that if you plan to quote from student writing in your essay, you must obtain written permission from your student to do so. Proposed essays should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words and should not be previously published. Abstracts and CVs should be sent to the volume editors by email no later than May 30th 2014. Please use "Approaches to Emerson" in the subject line and send to both Mark Long ( and Sean Meehan ( We welcome queries, comments, or supplemental materials such as course descriptions, syllabi, assignments, and bibliographies as attachements. Thank you for helping in the development of this project.

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