SUBMIT: “Toni Morrison and Adaptation” a Special Issue of "College Literature"

“Toni Morrison and Adaptation”

A Special Issue of College Literature – Call for Proposals Edited by Stacie McCormick and Rhaisa Williams


A Word from “College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies” :

The year 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Toni Morrison’s inaugural novel, The Bluest Eye, a work that engages in innovative methods of adaptation by transforming the Dick and Jane primer into a powerful narrative charting the move from innocence to experience as inflected by blackness. In 2006, the novel was adapted into a stage play written by Lydia Diamond. Indeed, Morrison’s work both engages in the act of adaptation (modifying folktales, images, and song into narrative) and continues to be adapted in other formats (notable instances are Beloved, Jazz, and The Bluest Eye). The 50th anniversary of The Bluest Eye serves as an apt occasion to reflect on the transformational and intertextual character of Morrison’s work.

For this special issue, we invite essays that analyze Morrison’s artistic and intellectual imprint on the stage, screen, and through lyric.

We seek essays that theorize Morrison’s work in relation, but not limited to:

  • Theories of adaptation
  • Black artistic and cultural formalism
  • Black feminist artistic practices
  • Critical engagement with Morrison’s stage plays and/or operas (Margaret Garner; Desdemona; Dreaming Emmett; New Orleans, A Musical)
  • Children’s Literature (The Tortoise or the Hare, co-authored with Slade Morrison)
  • Film and stage adaptations of Morrison’s novels (Jazz, The Bluest Eye, Beloved)
  • Music – How hip-hop, classical, jazz artists adapted Morrison’s work; How Morrison produced work in different formats such as “song cycles” or operettas
  • Visual Art
  • Recuperation of history and culture
  • Forms of intimacy
  • Regional theater communities
  • Embodiment
  • Multiple temporalities
  • Commemoration


Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2018. Please click here for more information on the publication and submission guidelines.