Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CFP (Book): “Buying and Selling the Civil War”

Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University and James Marten of Marquette University have issued a call for proposals for essays for an anthology with the working title “Buying and Selling the Civil War.” Each essay will provide a case study of a product, experience, or idea related to remembrance of the war; of products acknowledging the outcomes of the war; or of products marketed specifically to Americans who participated in the war (veterans, for instance, or widows). According to the editors:
Authors will be asked to identify not only the products being marketed and consumed, but also the meaning of those products: How did sellers “pitch” their products, and what did buyers believe they were buying? Among the possibilities are status and recognition in their communities; a sense of redemption for war-time failures; ways to connect family histories to national history; forms of investment in the future; ways to recover from war-time traumas; hopes of making a political statement. 
Although the time period to be covered is generally the Gilded Age, the editors will consider a broader time period. Essays will be limited to 6,000 words (before notes). Authors will be encouraged to provide one or two illustrations for each essay.
     Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a brief CV and should be sent to james.marten@marquette.edu no later than May 15, 2018. First drafts of selected essays will be due in early 2019. Please direct queries to cjanney@purdue.edu or james.marten@marquette.edu.
    For more details, please see the full call for proposals.