Call for essays

Call for submissions: An edited collection on the work of Joni Mitchell.

 Editor: Dr. Ruth Charnock [University of Lincoln, UK].

Joni Mitchell is widely recognised as an innovative, influential, much-loved and much-imitated artist. From her debut album Song to a Seagull to her most recent Shine, Mitchell’s music: her tunings, her lyrics, her scope have drawn critical and popular acclaim. And yet, scholarly attention to her work has been relatively limited. This edited collection will attend to Mitchell as a figure worthy of sustained critical thought and appreciation, with a major publisher having already expressed interest.

Essay proposals that mix personal with critical, historical, musicological, or cultural-studies analyses are welcome. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Considerations of the relationship between Mitchell’s visual art and her music.
  • Politics and political activism in Mitchell’s music [for example: Mitchell as reluctant feminist, Mitchell’s ecocriticism].
  • Race in Mitchell’s work.
  • Low affect in Mitchell’s work [disappointment, boredom, ennui, alienation].
  • High affect in Mitchell’s work [joy, desire, excitement, enchantment].
  • Commodification, stardom, the market and fame.
  • Cover versions and reworkings.
  • Mitchell’s milieu.
  • The politics of space and travel in Mitchell’s work.
  • Mitchell in popular culture.
  • Mitchell’s histories.
  • Queer Mitchell.

 

Please send 350-500 word chapter proposals to Dr Ruth Charnock by 30th September, 2015.

If your essay is selected for the collection, a first draft of 5,000-6,000 words will be due on 1st February, 2016. 

 

Please direct all enquiries to Dr Ruth Charnock: rcharnock@lincoln.ac.uk

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