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QUARTERLY · 6 x 9 · 136 PAGES/ISSUE · ISSN 0040-4691 · E-ISSN 1534-7303
An established journal of literary criticism publishing substantial essays reflecting a variety of critical approaches and covering all periods of literary history.
David Mamet in the Twenty-First Century
A special issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL)
Edited by Douglas Bruster and Brice Ezell
How might David Mamet’s work in the last twenty years inform our understanding of him as a writer, thinker, and director? This special issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL) seeks contributions on both major and minor works by Mamet in the 2000s. During the twenty-first century, Mamet has written such plays as November (2008), Race (2009), The Anarchist (2012), China Doll (2015), and Bitter Wheat (2019); films like State and Main (2000), Heist (2001), Redbelt (2008), and Phil Spector (2013); television work for The Unit (2006-9); fiction such as Wilson (2000), Three War Stories (2013), and Chicago (2018); and non-fiction such as The Wicked Son (2006) and The Secret Knowledge (2011), and the controversial Village Voice essay of 2008. If Mamet’s declared political conversion in that essay marked a clear and highly publicized personal turning point, less examined are the stylistic shifts of his post-2000 career, such as his experiments in farce (e.g. Romance, 2005) and Renaissance adaption (e.g. Faustus, 2004). Thus while contributors may attend to Mamet’s twentieth-century output to shed light on these more recent works, this special issue will gather foundational essays on the understudied last twenty years of this writer and director’s career.
Submissions for the special issue should be: 5,000-8,000 words, inclusive of notes and works cited, formatted in the most recent version of Word and MLA format (TSLL uses the MLA Handbook, 8th edition), double-spaced in Courier font and 12-point type. Any images must have copyright secured or in negotiation.
For all other submissions see below
Texas Studies in Literature and Language invites essays in all areas and eras of literary studies and on American, British, and world literature. Please submit manuscripts of 8,000–10,000 words, inclusive of notes and works cited, in the most recent version of Word and MLA format (TSLL uses the MLA Handbook, 8th edition). Submissions must be double-spaced in Courier font and 12-point type and should not contain information that reveals the author’s identity. Manuscripts should be sent to: TSLL@austin.utexas.edu. Receipt of a manuscript is acknowledged. Decisions take two to four months and require strong recommendations from one to three reviewers and the editors. Please note we will review only one submission per author per year. TSLL does not accept notes or book reviews.
Manuscripts and editorial correspondence: TSLL@austin.utexas.edu.
Douglas Bruster and James H. Cox
Dept. of English
1 University Station, B5000
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0195
Texas Studies in Literature and Language is indexed and/or abstracted by Academic Search Premier, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents—Arts & Humanities, Humanities International Complete, IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature), Literary Criticism Register, MHRA Annual Bibliography of English Languages and Literature, MLA Bibliography, Sociological Abstracts, and Web of Science.
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