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Black Literature and Black Heroes

Categories: African-American, Colonial
Event Date: 2022-08-01 Abstract Due: 2022-07-20

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Call For Papers- Black Literature and Black Heroes


For centuries the concept of a Hero and the phenomenon of Heroism has surrounded the theories of literature.  Every culture needs a hero. Every community requires someone to look at in the times of crises. Human imagination has perceived extra-ordinary, super humans and supernatural beings who have given hope and motivation to the old, love and sensation to the kids and romantic tickling to women. It is not easy to be a hero. It demands huge sacrifice. One has to live in a certain code and act accordingly. A hero is someone who is capable of realizing his complete potential and exercising it at the right time. He may not necessarily be different from others in kind, but in degree. Meaning that he may not be beyond Human or a Demi-God, but he is certainly better than them, having realized his capabilities. At times, however, a hero is perceived as someone who is required to go beyond his human self. In African-American Context, it is more challenging to be a hero.

In the African-American context, the situation has been completely otherwise. Crippled by racism at home and outside,  Blacks got little chance to flourish. From slavery till the enactment of Civil-Rights, the Black man in the United States was emasculated by the white gaze. As a result, he was often portrayed as a loser, a drunkard, a gambler, a thief, a criminal, a poor worker doing menial jobs and a lousy husband and a rapist father. Likewise, a black woman is often presented as a prostitute, temptress, waitress, abandoned and miserable girl, washer woman, domestic servant, helpless wife and weeping mother.

However, this does not mean that Blacks in the United States did not produce heroes. The Blacks succeeded in realizing  their true potential employing the maximum sources available to them. One remembers Crispus Attucks, Fredrick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali, Bessie Smith, Harriet Tubman, Ma Rainey, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Matthew Henson, Barbara Johns, Katherine Johnson, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Obama. Despite tough circumstances, Blacks were able to bring forth such men and women who stood firm and tall and lead from the front.

This book calls for chapters on literary representation of such black men and women who in real life shaped black experience and culture in the new world. These were the people who inspired and gave wings to blacks’   dreams and desires. We are looking for chapters on the following aspects :

How African-American literature remembers real and historical African-American legends.

How African-American literature romanticises and critiques the contribution of these black heroes and heroines.

How African-American literature portrays those White philanthropists, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Llyod Garrison, John Brown and more, who lived and died for Blacks in the United States.

How African-American literature catalogues the life and deeds of African-American revolutionaries and leaders from South and Central America such as Jean Jacques Dessalines, Bussa, Mary Eugenia Charles and more.

How African-American literature remembers and records real African heroes and heroines such as King Shaka, Mansa Musa, Askia the Great, Idris Alooma and many more, from Africa and with what purpose and impact.

Note: Kindly send your abstract in not more than 250 words, along with a short Author’s Bio (within 150 words) on the following Email Address- africanamericalliterature22@gmail.com

Important Dates
Last Date for Abstract Submission- 20th July 2022
Intimation of Acceptance- 1st August 2022

If selected, the authors would be requested to submit their entire chapter by 31st October 2022. The book is due to be released in 2023 with an International Press of Repute.