For a second volume of essays on Laura Esquivel's fiction, to be entitled (naturally) Laura Esquivel's Mexican Fictions: Volume 2 (Sussex Academic Press 2019–2020), I welcome four chapter proposals directly addressing one of Esquivel’s last three novels or taking a comparative critical approach treating aspects of one of more of Esquivel’s novels. Proposals and chapters will be in English. Material from the novels will be in Spanish except where the writer prefers to use an English version of the novel. (The last two novels have not been translated.)
The collection is open to any competitive, coherent critical approach or method. We ask only for crafted, transparent prose, critical excellence, and a positive response to formatting and stylistic guidelines and adherence to high editorial standards.
Those considering a submission should be familiar with the essays and bibliography found in Laura Esquivel’s Mexican Fictions (Sussex Academic Press, 2010).
Proposals due: April 21, 2019, please submit, along with your proposal of 250–300 words and working bibliography, a brief curriculum vitae.
Author’s final copy of the chapter: June 1 and June 30, 2019, 7000–10,000 words, including notes. The final copy will honor the standards and requirements explained here and will be expected to arrive electronically between June 1 and June 30, 2019.* Please specify your chosen due date* when you submit your proposal. (I can be flexible within a couple of weeks as to due date; the chapter must be complete and as polished as possible when you submit it.)
Please consider these ideas about Esquivel’s novels as possible points of departure:
· The novels present permeable geographical, social, and racial borders.
· Their characters transgress borders of various kinds, with varying degrees of success and permanence.
· The novels juxtapose the beauty and dangers of tradition, yet repeatedly valorize ancient/older native practices and philosophy and are generally skeptical or condemnatory toward modern practices
· Tensions between ancient and modern practices/philosophies work to develop character and heighten drama.
· Approaches through feminism (any wave), aging, medical humanities, memory, war, and religious studies are welcome.
· The novels offer increasingly direct commentary on Mexico's national identity and future direction. Several (perhaps all) of Esquivel's novels since Como agua offer criticism of contemporary Mexican political and socioeconomic systems and the lack of coherence and balance in Mexico's daily life. Interviews with Esquivel, along with recorded public appearances, available on youtube, support that idea of authorial interest.
If your proposal is accepted, I will send you a working apparatus for format and editorial expectations, and by agreeing to write for the book, you will agree to follow the guidelines as nearly as possible and understand the expectation that you and I will be involved in at least two rounds of developmental and/or copy editing before the chapter is finalized and the book manuscript is submitted.
Thank you for considering this invitation. I look forward to hearing from you.