CFP | Heavy Metal Classics: The Reception of the Classical World in Heavy Metal

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Heavy Metal Classics: The Reception of the Classical World in Heavy Metal

Following up on the successful 2014 CAMWS panel on the reception of
classical antiquity in heavy metal music, we are inviting contributions to a
proposed volume on the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity by heavy metal
artists. We welcome contributors from a variety of disciplines, including
(but not limited to) Classics, Archaeology, Musicology, Sociology,
Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies, to illustrate and explore the
enduring connection between heavy metal and the ancient world.

Possible topics include: the use of classical sources in lyrics; visual
representations of the ancient world on album covers and in music videos;
the role of gender in constructions of antiquity; the appeal of mythology;
the use of classical material for political and social critiques; the
construction of national identity through appeal to the ancient world; the
use of Latin and/or Greek. The ideal contribution will demonstrate an
awareness that a study of reception can show us just as much about Classics
and its place and meaning in the modern world as it does about heavy metal
as a genre. Such a contribution will also make it clear that song lyrics are
only one aspect of musical genre.

Our proposed timeframe is: abstract submission by November 1, 2014;
contributors notified of acceptance no later than December 15, 2014; first
draft of contribution due by July 1, 2015; comments on contributions
returned to authors no later than September 1, 2015; second draft of
contribution due by December 31, 2015, with the shopping of the volume to
presses to begin immediately after that. We will then submit the entire
assembled volume to an interested publisher.

Send abstracts of no more than 500 words to heavymetalantiquityAT by
November 1, 2014. Please include a bibliography, discography and current CV.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Kris Fletcher, Louisiana State University (kfletc8 AT
Osman Umurhan, University of New Mexico (umurhan AT