ASLE-Canada Newsletter
Issue 2: Spring 2006


Call for Book Reviewers for the Nordic Journal of English Studies (NJES)

NJES is a peer-reviewed journal. Each issue includes 3-4 short reviews (approximately 400 words) of books by Nordic scholars in English and American Studies, or related to the theme of the issue (Spring 2006 “Metaphors”; Fall 2006 “English as a Lingua Franca”). For more information about the journal see the NJES homepage at Goteborg University Library under electronic publications:

If you are interested in reviewing for NJES, contact Anna Fahraeus, the editorial secretary, at Please indicate the title you’d like to review and briefly outline your qualifications.

Currently reviewers are especially being sought for the following books:

Armstrong, Charles I. Romantic Organicism: from Idealist Origins to Ambivalent Afterlife. Palgrave MacMillan, 2003.

Florby, Gunilla. Echoing Texts: George Chapman's Conspiracy and the Tragedy of Charles Duke of Byron. Lund Studies in English 109, 2004.

Gronstad, Asbjorn and Lene Johannessen, eds. To Become the Self One Is: A Critical Companion to Drude Krog Janson's A Saloonkeeper's Daughter. Novus Press, 2005.

The Archives of the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods Library

The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods is owned and operated by the Walden Woods Project. It provides the most comprehensive body of Thoreau-related material available in one place. Opening in 1998, the Thoreau Institute's Library holds 8000 volumes, and upwards of 60,000 items that include manuscripts, correspondence, periodicals, pamphlets, music, graphic arts, maps, and personal histories. It is the mission of the Library to collect, preserve and make available research materials relating to Thoreau, his historical context, and his contemporary relevance to environmental and human-rights issues.

The Thoreau Institute's increasing collections range from the unprecedented Thoreau Society's collections, including the personal collection of the dean of Thoreau scholars, Walter Harding, to the environmental writings of Paul Brooks and the social reform papers of Scott and Helen Nearing.

Some of the highlights of the collections include the recently discovered thirty-six-leaf manuscript draft of Thoreau's "Sir Walter Raleigh" essay; an original daguerreotype of Thoreau taken in 1856 in Worcester by Benjamin Maxham; several Thoreau surveys; manuscript correspondence of several of Thoreau's friends and contemporaries, including Franklin Sanborn, Harrison Gray Otis Blake, and Daniel Ricketson; documentation by archaeologist Roland Robbins on his 1945 excavation of the Walden house site; original issues of such periodicals as The Dial and aesthetic Papers; scarce Scott Nearing books, including his forthright 1929 exposure of race relations, Black America, and his 1912 book Woman and Social Progress, written with his first wife, Nellie Seeds Nearing; and rare books of environmental literature, such as Buffon's Natural History (1785), Gilpin's Remarks on Forest Scenery (1834) and Knapp's Journal of a Naturalist (1830).

The library comes as close as possible to fulfilling Thoreau's own vision: "I have sometimes imagined a library, i.e. a collection of the works of true poets philosophers naturalists &c deposited not in a . . . marble edifice in a crowded & dusty city . . . but rather far away in the depths of a primitive forest." A library is not only a place for books and reading. It is collective memory; it is memory collected. The materials that comprise the collections document and preserve what has come before us. By viewing the past we can see the present and envision the future.

We invited you - scholars, students, and authors - to place a copy of your work relating to any aspect of Thoreau's life and legacy in the archives of the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. Your work will be given a permanent home in the world's most comprehensive collection of Thoreau-related material.

For more information on the Thoreau Institute, go to:, or contact the Curator at: You may send your work to: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, 44 Baker Farm, Lincoln, MA 01773-3004.

All material sent becomes the property of the Walden Woods Project for inclusion in its library at the Thoreau Institute. No material will be

Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections
The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods
44 Baker Farm, Lincoln, MA 01773-3004

The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods is owned and managed by the Walden Woods Project

theory@buffalo 11
“Aesthetics and Finitude”

Interdisciplinary journal seeks submissions for its 2006 issue (#11) on the theme of Aesthetics and Finitude.

The rise of modern aesthetics in the eighteenth century is well known, as is its inherently contradictory character: a philosophical category concerned with the articulation of the supersensible in the sensory world, aesthetics is at once grounded in the realm of sensuous life in the particular and concrete=97while simultaneously gesturing toward the universal and transcendent. With the continued erosion in the West of metaphysical/teleological narratives of transcendence, however, there has been an increased philosophical occupation with the problem of finitude, concomitant with a heightened awareness of the relation between art, aesthetics, and death. Our question then, is this: how has the nature of art and aesthetics changed in the wake of the losses and de-centerings brought about in modern philosophical thought? What is the future of aesthetics in a postmodern world?

We welcome all papers that articulate the relationship between aesthetics and finitude in the fields of art, film, visual studies, literature and philosophy. Possible topics might include: the relationship of death to Being, the death of art or the relationship of art to death, the role of finitude in modern/postmodern thought, the Kantian inheritance of postmodern aesthetics, the finitude of an aesthetic or artistic work, the position of art and aesthetics in the philosophical realm (specific philosophical perspectives could come from Hegel, Heidegger, Foucault, Deleuze, Lyotard, Baudrillard and Kristeva among numerous others), and the relationship between nontranscendence and finite aesthetics.

Submissions from any disciplinary field will be considered: social theory, literary studies, political theory, philosophy, cultural studies, media studies, etc.
Theory@buffalo also accepts book reviews. These can be on any topic and must be 1200 words or less. All other submissions should be 10,000 words maximum. Please send two blind copies with a cover page and disk to the address below.

Alternatively, you may send the paper as a MS Word attachment to, or, re: theory@buffalo 11.

Department of Comparative Literature
638 Clemens Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York, 14260

Cambia Press, Contemporary Studies Series
“Literature, Film and Theory”

Book proposals are invited for an exciting new series in “Literature, Film and Theory”; proposals that are critically innovative, diverse in subject-matter, and challenging to existing critical frames are particularly welcome, as are those that engender progressive debate in the fields of literature, film and theory. The series will also include author-specific, or film-maker-specific studies that deal with their subjects in critically original ways. No single critical or cultural frame is preferred; rather the series reflects an aspiration to move beyond the limits of narrow critical categories in order to explore how a variety of ways of reading intersect in fruitful ways.

The following is a sample list of authors in whom we are particularly interested, although we welcome alternative suggestions:

Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, John Banville, Sebastian Barry, Italo Calvino, Peter Carey, Caryl Churchill, Don deLillo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Romesh Gunesekera, Sunetra Gupta, David Hare, Aidan Higgins, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sarah Kane, Milan Kundera, Hanif Kureishi, Tony Kushner, Doris Lessing, Naguib Mahfouz, Derek Mahon, David Malouf, Ian McEwan, Medbh McGuckian, Vladimir Nabokov, Harold Pinter, Salman Rushdie, Tom Stoppard, Jeanette Winterson

The series also hopes to attract critical books on film-makers, particularly those who have perpetually expanded the aesthetic horizons of their medium and who have contributed to an ever-expanding filmic vocabulary.

Interested contributors can contact C.A. Murphy ( for further details, or submit a formal proposal, outlining the aims of the book and offering a coherent chapter-by-chapter outline on the Cambria Press website:

Cambria Press (NY/USA) is a young, ambitious high-caliber academic press that aims to establish long-term collaborative relationships with its authors by providing editorial, publishing, and marketing support.

Series Acquisitions Editor:
C.A. Murphy
Assoc Prof
Dept of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Singapore 639651

Ashgate Publishing Company
“Transculturalisms, 1400–1700”

Announcing a new series from Ashgate Publishing Company. Series Editors: Ann Rosalind Jones, Smith College; Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University; and Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami

This series will present studies of the early modern contacts and exchanges among the states, polities and entrepreneurial organizations of Europe; Asia, including the Levant and East India/Indies; Africa; and the Americas. Books will investigate travelers, merchants and cultural inventors, including explorers, mapmakers, artists and writers, as they operated in political, mercantile, sexual and linguistic economies. We encourage authors to reflect on their own methodologies in relation to issues and theories relevant to the study of transculturism/translation and transnationalism. We are particularly interested in work on and from the perspective of the Asians, Africans, and Americans involved in these interactions, and on such topics as:

  • Material exchanges, including textiles, paper and printing, and technologies of knowledge
  • Movements of bodies: embassies, voyagers, piracy, enslavement
  • Travel writing: its purposes, practices, forms and effects on writing in other genres
  • Belief systems: religions, philosophies, sciences
  • Translations: verbal, artistic, philosophical
  • Forms of transnational violence and its representations

Proposals should take the form of either

1. a preliminary letter of inquiry, briefly describing the project; or 2. a formal prospectus including: abstract, brief statement of editorial methodology, table of contents, sample chapter, estimate of length (NB, in words, pls), estimate of the number and type of illustrations to be included, and a c.v.

Please send a copy of either type of proposal to each of the three series editors and to the publisher, at these addresses:

Ann Rosalind Jones
Esther Cloudmann Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature Program in Comparative Literature
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063 USA (if sending attachments to Prof. Jones, pls make sure they end as .doc)

Jyotsna G. Singh
Professor of English
201 Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1036

Mihoko Suzuki
Professor of English
321 Ashe Building
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33124

Erika Gaffney
Ashgate Publishing Company
101 Cherry Street, Suited 420
Burlington, VT 05401-4405

Victorian Review

The editors of Victorian Review invite scholarly papers on all aspects of Victorian culture, including literature, fine arts, history, politics, law, science, economics, sport, and music. Essays should be 5000-8000 words in length and be written in MLA style. The editors welcome a wide variety of topics and theoretical approaches.

Submissions and book review guidelines available at

Dr. Lisa Surridge
Department of English
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3070 Victoria B.C.
V8W 3W1
Ph. 250-721-7246
Fax: 250-721-6498

The AnaChronisT

The AnaChronisT, a blind peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, invites research papers and interviews on literatures in English for its next issue, to be published in December 2006. All topics within the realm of English-language literatures are acceptable. Papers are to be submitted by Tuesday, 18 April 2006.

The AnaChronisT welcomes submissions by graduate and doctoral students as well as academics. The requirements of application are as follows:

  • the text in Word or RTF document format sent to the following e-mail address: (your paper should not exceed 10,000 words, including footnotes)
  • one hard copy of the essay sent to the address below (in exceptional cases e-submission is sufficient without a hard copy; please contact the editors)
  • an abstract of 150-200 words
  • a note on the author's professional status and achievements (up to 8 lines, including affiliation, publications, etc.) as well as contact data
  • for the formal requirements of submission please e-mail the editors or visit our homepage at

Papers are read and evaluated by the editors and an independent referee.

The AnaChronisT is indexed by the MLA, ABELL, and EBSCO.

The AnaChronisT
ELTE Department of English Studies
H-1146 Budapest
Ajtosi Durer sor 21.

European Film Theory

Submissions are sought for an edited collection on European film theory. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • philosophical and/or historical origins of European film theory (e.g. Kantian idealism, Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology, Brecht’s theory of epic theatre, the Frankfurt school’s critique of the culture industries, the aesthetic theories of Kracauer, Arnheim, Balazs, Adorno, Marcuse)
  • realism and theatricality in European film theory
  • classical vs contemporary European film theory
  • time and space in European film theory
  • European and American film theory in dialogue
  • studies of individual European film theorists or philosophers writing on film
  • studies of specific concepts within European film theory
  • the influence of the other arts (music, painting, architecture, dance, poetry) on European film theory
  • perception, memory, and imagination in European film theory
  • European film genres and styles
  • European film theory and national cinemas

Deadline: 4/20/06. Notification of accepted abstracts: May 15, 2006. Deadline for completed papers: June 30, 2006

Please email an abstract (500-1000 words) and a short bio (including recent publications) to or send a hard copy to:

Temenuga Trifonova
Department of English
The University of New Brunswick
Carleton Hall, 247
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A3 Canada

Lilith: A Feminist History Journal

Edition 15, 2006

Lilith is a fully refereed academic journal based in the History Department at the University of Melbourne. Since the early 1980s, Lilith has provided a valuable forum for new and established scholars to present research in feminist history. The journal is published annually in November and includes a substantial book review section. The editorial board is currently seeking articles for Edition 15.

The board seeks historical work of 6000 words (including endnotes) focusing on women, gender, sexuality and related issues. We encourage contributions from both new and established scholars in these fields, as well as postgraduates. All submissions should be based on substantial, original historical work, and will be assessed via a double-blind peer-review process. Please ensure manuscripts adhere to our style guide, available from

Following last year's Symposium, “Where to Now? The Future of Feminist History,” we encourage submissions on this theme. Submissions in other areas of feminist historical scholarship, however, are also welcome.

Submissions, along with a 150 word abstract, should be emailed to the following address:


Lilith Collective
Department of History
University of Melbourne
Vic 3010
Fax: (03) 8344 7894

Extended deadline for submissions: Friday 21 April 2006

The Lilith Collective: Natasha Campo, Odette Kelada, Barbara Lemon, Claire McLisky, Carla Pascoe, Katie Sutton, Belinda Sweeney, Danielle Thornton, Katie Pace, Odette Kelada, Jordy Silverstein.

Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques

The editors of Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques seek essays for an issue that looks to answer the following question: What does Afro-Latino mean within the confines of the United States?

Deadline: 18th September 2006 (completed essays). If interested, please send a 300 word abstract by 24th April to the editors at

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Gender / Sexuality / Race / Ethnicity
  • Comparative cultural, historical, or political analysis
  • English-language representations of literatures and cultures of the Afro-Latino experience in the United States
  • The Arts/Popular Culture (i.e., music, visual art, film/television, dance)

The editors will consider essays from varied disciplinary and theoretical perspectives in response to the above query. Please submit completed essays, in English, in Word please, no footnote/endnote program, just text. We prefer no more than 30 pages double-spaced.

Send completed essays on diskette to:

Phoebe: Gender and Cultural Critiques
Women’s & Gender Studies Department
SUNY Oneonta
Oneonta, New York 13820

Electronic submissions are welcome! For inquiries contact Dr. K. O’Mara at or Dr. Enrique Morales-Diaz at

Enrique Morales-Diaz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Coordinator, US Ethnic Studies Program
Hartwick College
Oneonta, New York 13820
(607) 431-4915

Locus Suspectus

Locus Suspectus, a new magazine of art and culture, seeks textual and visual proposals for its second issue exploring the notion of “home.” Globalization has made it increasingly difficult to conceive of home as a singular and stable location. Moreover, home for many individuals often exists as a constant state of homelessness due to social, economic, and political circumstances. Despite this plurality of meaning, home often carries with it a nostalgic longing for stasis and a pressure and tendency to identify ourselves and others largely in terms of where we live and where we have come from.

We welcome the submission of critical essays, cultural reviews, and socio-political perspectives (in English or French) on the topic of home. Artistic and written contributions could include critical examinations of home in diverse socio-political and cultural contexts, reviews of artistic events, interviews, and social commentaries.

Submission guidelines:

  • Textual submission: Near to completion draft of 500 and1300 words; MLA format (in-text citations, no footnotes/endnotes); rtf format only.
  • Visual submission: Good quality photographs, slides, or jpg images; (must be 300 dpi for the final publication).
  • All submissions should include a brief biography (max.1 page), C.V. (max. 5 pages), an artist statement (for visual submissions), and a research statement (for textual submissions).

Please e-mail your submission to or mail by post to:

Locus Suspectus
C/o Faillon est
Montreal, Quebec H2R 1K6

Submission deadline: April 30th, 2006, midnight

“Hurricane Katrina”

Claflin University's Performing Arts for Effective Civic Education Program (PAECE) is calling for ORIGINAL creative and research based works addressing key civic and political issues related to the recent tragedy in the Gulf Coast. PAECE is a US Department of Education - FIPSE funded program that seeks to enhance civic knowledge, responsibility and engagement, via the performing arts.

Possible issues to address include, but, are not limited to the following: Economic Impact; Socio-Political Impact; Intersections of Race, Class and Politics; Poverty; Health Implications; Comparisons between Third World & Gulf Coast Tragedies and Circumstances; Comparisons and contrasts--International Outpour of Donations for Katrina, Tsunami, Rwanda, Dafour, etc.

PAECE is now particularly keen to collect papers that examine current issues relating to Katrina for the publication's section entitled "Katrina - more than half a year later."

PAECE seeks poems, skits, plays, monologues, artistic works, drawings, music, rap, songs, verses, performance pieces, and any other meaningful pieces that will help bring pertinent state/ regional/ national/ international civic issues to the forefront. The creative works should show evidence of current and historical research. The civic or political implications should be clearly outlined (albeit outside the piece) so that the audience may learn / gain deeper insights into the issues covered in the creative piece. In other words, artists should clearly articulate the educational value of their pieces to a specific or general audience. Papers should aim to enhance social justice and critical analyses.

The best pieces will be edited and published in a PAECE special edition dedicated to the victims of hurricane Katrina. The publication will be made available to schools, colleges, libraries, civic organizations, religious organizations, and will be accessible on-line.

Prizes will be given to the top ten pieces selected. The PAECE team will determine the criteria for judgment and our selections will be final. All works should be original and never published before. The authors may re-publish their pieces elsewhere after the PAECE publication. We particularly encourage amateur writers to submit their creative pieces. Instructor-student collaborations are particularly welcome.

Deadline for submissions: April 30th 2006

Please include a brief bio with your submission.

Email Submissions or Inquiries to:

Submissions to be sent to:

Miriam Chitiga, PhD.
Associate Professor of English & Leadership
Project Director: FIPSE-Claflin PAECE Program
Claflin University
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29115
Tel: 803 535 5220 / 5494

(NB. PAECE is funded by a grant from the US Department of Education: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for $439,766 for three years (2004-7). The ideas of this program do not necessarily reflect those of our sponsors nor are they endorsed by the federal government.)

Language, Mysticism, and Iconography: Exploring the Cultural Interface Between East and South Asia

Editors Helen Asquine Fazio and V.G. Julie Rajan invite your submissions of papers for a multi-disciplinary anthology entitled Language, Mysticism, and Iconography: Exploring the Cultural Interface Between East and South Asia. The collection addresses the shared cultural traditions in narrative, language, religion, philosophy, and art between East and South Asia.

Centuries of territorial conflict, shared tradition, and economic exchange between the nations of East and South Asia have produced a wide-range of hybrid cultural expressions influenced by the identity politics of both regions. The evolution of Tibetan representations of the Indian-born Buddha over the centuries, for example, displays Tibet’s ongoing attempts to integrate South Asian tradition into the hegemonic Chinese culture dominating its territory. A plethora of travel writings, for example by eighteenth-century British writers George Bogle and Samuel Turner and modern-day Indian writer Vikram Seth, illustrate the various cultural lenses, colonial, Western and postcolonial, non-Western, that have speculated on the interpolation of East and South Asian cultures.

The existence of East and South Asian cross-cultural expressions speaks to the fluidity of the borders between those regions and, therefore, highlights similarities in their social, political, economic, and religious discourses. Yet at the same time, explorations of the cultural interface between both regions are problematized by the differences in their histories with regard to issues of imperialism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism. The similarities and differences between East and South Asia complicate notions of human identity and Otherness that can be read in their cultural expressions.

The proposed anthology explores the how the social, political, economic, and religious interactions between East and South Asia have influenced and produced a wide-range of subjectivities framed by those regions, as expressed through literary and cultural productions from the ancient through modern times. Paper topics may address themes pertaining, but not limited, to: Reading and Representing the “Subject”; Literature and Human Rights; Translation and Metamorphosis; Western Readings of Orientalism and Otherness; Human beings and the Natural World; Gender and Transformation; Religion and Globalism; Terrorism and Tradition; Monsters and Angels; and Temporal and Spatial Expressions of Identity.

Please send 1-page abstracts and 150-word biographies by May 1, 2006 to: V.G. Julie Rajan,

U.S. Studies Online

Deadline: 05/01/06

U.S. Studies Online is now considering international submissions.

Originally founded to enable postgraduate students at British universities to have their work published in a refereed environment at a time when the opportunity for postgraduates to publish in American Studies paper journals in Britain was becoming increasingly limited, the journal has now decided to open the submissions process to postgraduate students from outside Britain, as well.

Articles submitted to U.S. Studies Online are considered to be eligible if they were written at the time that the author was registered for a postgraduate degree (MPhil, PhD, MA) at an institution of higher education. Each issue tries to cover a broad range of topics, drawing upon the multi-disciplinarity of American Studies to incorporate History, Politics, Cultural Studies, Literature and Film.

Articles submitted in any of these fields should be 5000-6000 words long (excluding notes) and must be submitted electronically. For more information on our submission guidelines, please see our website at:

“Brokeback Mountain”

Editors are looking for contributions to an anthology of essays on Brokeback Mountain (personal reflections as well as works of a more critical nature) which address the question, "Can Brokeback Mountain validly be viewed as a gay polemic?" Contributions that examine opposing perspectives on this question will be especially welcome inasmuch as editors seek to present a lively debate.

Contributions that examine Annie Proulx's story "Brokeback Mountain" are also sought. Essays on other topics related to either the film or the short story will be considered. For all contributions, an informal writing style will be preferred over the highly academic.

Submissions are encouraged by mid-May, but editors will consider extending the deadline as necessary. Please submit electronically to:

Annette Olsen-Fazi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and French
Department of Language and Literature
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Drive
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Tel: (956) 326-2657

Transnationalism and the New Local: Refiguring Latina/o Literature, Culture and Identity

Updated Submission Deadline for Abstracts: May 15, 2006

Contributions to this collection of essays should examine the ways in which movements between different Latin American countries and the United States shape differing conceptualizations of nationalism, postnationalism, transnationalism and the global. With its focus on Latina/o communities in the United States, our book project will offer comparative studies of literary and cultural texts that represent transnational, exilic, diasporic, cosmopolitan and/or postcolonial life forms and practices. We are especially interested in those texts which ground migrant experiences within a larger political, historical and cultural framework, seeking to identify how different ethnic subgroups represent their distinct movements across borders. Papers may focus on established and up-and-coming contemporary U.S. Latina/o authors, artists and other cultural practitioners, and should aim to isolate new, developing tendencies toward transnational modes of cultural production. Contributors may also choose to excavate and trace historic precursors of transnational writings in older literary and cultural texts.

Contact Information:

Kevin Concannon (University of Wisconsin, Platteville)

Francisco Lomel (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Marc Priewe (Potsdam University, Germany)

EAPSU Online

EAPSU Online is an annual peer-reviewed journal, published by the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (an association of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities). We publish creative work and critical articles on any subject related to English studies. See for our most recent issue and for a CFP that is printable.

Extended deadline for the fall 2006 issue is May 15. Submissions are only accepted by email attachment, in Word format. Use MLA in-text citations for documentation of source material.

Submit work or volunteer to be a reader:

Kim Martin Long, Editor
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Static Online Journal
“Choice and Suffering”

Submissions are solicited on the theme of Choice and Suffering for the third issue of Static, the online journal of the London Consortium (publication date: end June 2006).

The concept of choice is highly valued, especially in the West, as a fundamental right of free individuals. Our sense of being free is often based on our freedom to exercise choice in the marketplace, in matrimony, in the voting booth, or in the hypertext link. But choice has its darker side: it can prove to be illusory; sometimes the process of choosing can be agonising; making a choice can close off future choices; we are frequently forced to make choices.

This issue of Static takes its inspiration from the German adage die Qual der Wahl ('the suffering of choice'). The issue will examine whether/when the freedom to choose is in fact a condemnation to suffer. The theme provides a useful way of thinking about democracy, marketing and consumerism, free will, justice, body politics, social policy, education, aesthetics, and digital culture. As the London Consortium is dedicated to interdisciplinarity, we are encouraging submissions from contributors of all kinds and from all fields. Possible lines of enquiry include but are not limited to:

  • Free will, subjectivity, compulsion and compulsive behaviour
  • Legal decisions, guilt and innocence, responsibility, moral codes,
  • Taste, aesthetics, fashion, individualism and conformism, choice as a
    means of creating the self
  • Consumerism, marketing, expertise and advice gurus, choosing choice
  • Body politics, body image, body modification, abortion rights
  • High street architecture, homogenisation, shop design and packaging
    Education, health, public services and the citizen-consumer
  • Political parties, democratic choice, one- and two-party states, the
    technology of casting votes
  • Culinary culture, supermarkets as providers and destroyers of choice, the
    politics of food
  • Surfeit of choice, sensory overload, the Internet, search engines
  • Greed, choosing everything, mp3 culture, using the 'shuffle' function to
    choose music, eating disorders, mania, addiction
  • Choosing 'sustainability', environmental degradation, nuclear power
  • Digital cinema, digital television, the remote control and television
  • Religions, sects, choosing God, being chosen by God
  • Political action, violence, resistance, strategy and choosing tactics

We welcome contributions in English or in another European language, in the form of analytical essays and articles, interviews, art projects, photographic images, online interactive projects, creative writing, etc.

The London Consortium is a unique collaboration between the Architectural Association, Birkbeck College (University of London), the Institute of Contemporary Arts and TATE. It offers challenging, rigorous postgraduate programmes in the Humanities and Cultural Studies combining criticism and creativity and leading to a Master of Research (MRes) or PhD degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the University of London.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, 15 May 2006. Please send all submissions to the editorial team at

Publication date: end June 2006

Editorial team
Cormac Deane
Lee Scrivner
Eu Jin Chua

The Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies

Claremont Graduate University is launching a peer-reviewed, online Transdisciplinary Journal. Transdisciplinarity is the proactive search for creative approaches to problem solving through the cooperation of multiple disciplines. We want experts from various disciplines to stimulate innovation by developing common ground, facilitating the communication of concepts, methods, and ideas that are being fostered in the academy as a means to elevate both a national and international communication about transdisciplinary constructs, methodologies, and theories.

The Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies is an on-line, academically rigorous forum for theorists, practitioners, and researchers whose work reflects a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach. The theme of our first issue will be “Capital.”

Papers with a transdisciplinary focus, specifically written by more than one scholar from multiple disciplines, will be considered for publication in our inaugural issue. Those addressing our first issue theme of “Capital” will be given priority. However, all transdisciplinary papers will be considered.

Full papers along with an abstract of 500 words and a short C.V. for each author should be submitted to Microsoft Word or PDF format only. 12pt., double-spaced type with standard notation (per your discipline).

Deadline for submission is 15 May 2006. Final papers Notification of acceptance will be sent by 01 September 2006.

Mothering as/in Text

The editors of a new collection are looking for submissions that explore the ways that motherhood—as a practice, a set of beliefs, a political and cultural category—gets written and distributed through a wide variety of texts.

The collection will feature a variety of disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches to this topic, and “text” should be understood broadly here. For example, submissions might include studies of mass media texts such as films, advice books, and parenting magazines; traditional literary or theoretical texts; cultural objects like the car seat or play pen; activist literature; oral texts (e.g. conversations between a doctor and patient or among mothers in a play group); classroom dynamics and pedagogies; and so on.

Recent research on mothering, as well as new critiques of representations of mothering, has clearly addressed the difficulties faced by mothers in contemporary society. While submissions may certainly make arguments about the way that motherhood is understood today and the ideological implications of those understandings, the editors are especially eager to include arguments about where we—as mothers and as children—might go from here in our approach to motherhood. Our collection proposes to build on earlier work by focusing as much on innovative theory and political solutions as the status quo. Contributions addressing issues of race, sexuality, and class with regard to mothering are especially welcome. What new understandings of motherhood might we glean from these texts? What new roles might be available to mothers and how else might the traditional roles of mothers be filled/appropriated/reconsidered? What new practices and policies might we argue for?

Email 500-word abstracts as a Word attachment to Pegeen Reichert Powell at and to Jocelyn Fenton Stitt at by May 15. Include contact information (name, address, institution, email, phone) in the same document. Complete essays will be due July 15.

Correspondances Océaniennes
“The Sea”

A thematic half-yearly journal promoting Oceanic cultures based in Noumea, New-Caledonia. Founded in 2002. Already published: issues on Women, Youth, Nature, Memory, Literatures, the Body, Creation, Images, Australia. Indexed by Austlit Database and in Australian Literary Studies 21: 3, May 2004, p.385 & 390; reviewed in Antipodes 17: 2, Dec.2003, p.167-8.

(Founding) Editor : Dr. Jean-François Vernay

Feel free to send your proposals to the editor: by 30 May 2006.

As previously done, this issue will explore this new theme through transdisciplinary approaches: papers on science, history, geography, sociology, anthropology, economy, law, the arts, literature (you name it!), are all welcome. All contributions will eventually have to be translated into French.

Publication date: June-July 2005.

Association Correspondances Antipodéennes

Indian Diaspora Literature: Racialized Subjectivities and Hybridized Identities

We propose to publish a collection of essays on the diasporic implications of the hybrid cultural consciousness in the writings of the Indian diaspora. The location of the diasporic presence may be in the nation itself or in transnational locations and various sites of migrations, such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, on the one hand, and Myanmar, Malaysia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or the Caribbean, on the other. Although the phenomenon of population dispersal is ancient, it appears to have increased massively in the postcolonial period. The focus would include postcolonial theory, diasporic studies, and Indian cultural studies. The explicit issues that the project hopes to interrogate would be around the concepts 'national', 'emergent', 'hybrid', 'globalized', or 'lost (Indian)' identities.

In spite of a large presence of Indians in Africa, for example, works by Indian authors coming out of Africa, other than a few well known names, such as Vasanji and Govender, rarely reflect their experiences. Additionally, voices from the margins, such as women, or members of the GL/Q community are rarely showcased in Indian literature. When we do read available literature, it focuses on ideas of cultural hybridity in separate racialized spaces. After Indians were taken over by the British to Africa as indentured laborers since the abolition of slavery, intermingling of cultures and languages created a new psychic and cultural landscape, and literature does reflect some of these experiences. What we hope to accomplish in this project is the showcasing of literature reflecting emergent Indian voices from far-flung diasporic spaces locating not only cultural but also racialized hybridity in the interstices of the Indian literarily landscape.

The editors are prominent writers in the area of postcolonial and immigrant literature, and would be appreciative of reading any manuscripts which might fulfill stated vision in the collection. All essays would be refereed by independent academics in the field of diasporic literature.

Please send one-page abstracts along with a completed 20 page paper (not to exceed 4000 words) to the editors, Jaspal Singh ( and/or Rajendra Chetty ( by the end of May, 2006. Please indicate Title, Name and Affiliation of author. We will notify you by the end of August as to the selection of your essay for the collection.

Jaspal K. Singh
Assistant Professor, English Department
Gries Hall, Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-227-1832

Paperback Westerns: A Collection of Critical Essays

Editor: Paul Varner, Oklahoma Christian University

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press

Call for Papers about Popular Westerns of the Paperback Era. Topics might include Louis L'Amour, Max Brand, Elmer Kelton, Larry McMurtry, Richard S. Wheeler, Consumer Westerns, Pulp Westerns, Feminist, Structuralist and Postmodern critical perspectives on Westerns. Especially interested in critical essays over very recent commercial Western paperbacks and paperback writers. The collection will also include essays on Westerns from Hollywood but the need right now is for scholarship on paperback westerns.

Deadline: June 1, 2006

Qualified Scholars, send completed manuscripts along with a short vita to:

Paul Varner
Department of Language and Literature
Oklahoma Christian University
PO Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100

“Male Sexuality in the Female Mind from Aphra Behn to Annie Proulx”

We are putting together a collection of essays that focus on how male sexuality has been represented by women writers, from Aphra Behn’s post-Restoration drama to Annie Proulx’ s “Brokeback Mountain.” The objective of the study is to highlight, trace and analyze representations of male desire and sexuality through texts (literary, cinematic, cyber, etc.) in order to explore how male sexuality is and has been imagined and re-imagined by women writers. It is hoped and expected that the collection will find a readership both inside and outside academia.

Abstract length 1200 words. Proposal deadline EXTENDED to June 15, 2006 (original deadline April 1). Essay length 4000-7000 words. Submission deadline October 15, 2006. If submissions have been published elsewhere or been proposed for publication in another source, this must be indicated.

All proposals/submissions should include the name, address, academic affiliation, email, and phone number of the submitter/author and should be sent to (cc:

If you are interested in seeing a previous collection that AnnKatrin and I have worked on, please visit the academic publishing house Rodopi at their website at Type in “Textual Ethos Studies” in their search engine.

The collection "Male Sexuality in the Female Mind" does not have a publisher as yet. A proposal will be made with the accepted abstracts.

The central question for this new collection is how male sexuality (and their relationship to their own sexuality and its place in the conceptualization of masculinity) is portrayed by female writers. Other related questions and possible perspectives:

  • What happens to male sexuality in feminist writing of relationships?
  • The female gaze and the objectification/commodification/fragmentation of the male body.
  • Indeterminate sexualities: androgyny, transsexuality and cross-dressing/cross-sexing in (post)modernism: Woolf, Carter, Acker, Duncker, etc.
  • African-American male sexuality as represented in e.g. Morrison, Walker, etc.
  • Male sexuality/desire as represented in gothic fiction by women, i.e. Radcliffe, Shelley.
  • The gothic in the 21st centure, or the "postmodern gothic," in, for ex. Louise Welsh, The Cutting Room, Tamburlaine Must Die
  • Male sexuality in Queer Crime Fiction/The Queer Detective
  • Male sexuality and the Victorians, Romantics, Modernists, etc.
  • The phenomenon of slash fan fiction, i.e. female writers writing male-male relationships

"Writing in the Middle Voice: J. M. Coetzee's Fictions”

Delivering the Presentation Speech for the 2003 Nobel Prize in literature awarded to J.M.Coetzee, Per Wästberg himself a writer said: "To write is to awaken counter-voices within oneself, and to dare enter into dialogue with them. The dangerous attraction of the inner self is John Coetzee's theme: the senses and bodies of people, the interiority of Africa. "To imagine the unimaginable" is the writer's duty. As a post-modern allegorist, Coetzee knows that novels that do not seek to mimic reality best convince us that reality exists. These words not only speak volumes about Coetzee's art but also underline the compelling situation in which Coetzee, as a postcolonial author writes. If a creative writer is the conscience keeper of humanity we have many others like Coetzee in the annals of human history who have raised questions of ethics, justice, morality and value in a divided society. Even where these categories have no meaning they become forceful and effective when presented through the shrill voice of a writer. The situation becomes problematic when by colour and race one is identified with the regime of oppression but by conviction is always with the oppressed. Questions pertinent here are: does such an author find his true voice? What type of articulation and authority does that voice carry? What narrative style does such a voice select? Although it is not easy to answer these questions in a definite way as the problematic intersects power and powerlessness it is possible to explore through authorial location the articulating voice.

Coetzee's novels follow the narrative strategy of "writing in the middle voice." In his words: "[t]o write (middle) is to carry out the action (or better, to do writing) with reference to the self" (Attwell Doubling 94). Macaskill's "Charting the Middle Voice: In the Heart of the Country" focuses on the "speculative linguistic" phenomena of the "middle voice", which is a writing position between the "active" (such as in the declaration "I write") and the passive ("it is written"). Thus it approximates Magda's ambivalent claim to be "the medium, the median" (HC 133) who is caught somewhere between seeing her existence as a series of "citational practices" or as real and "beyond" words themselves. Looking at the notion of the "middle voice" in Coetzee's writing, Dovey also argues that all Coetzee's novels are "always making reference to the self of writing" and that they "exploit the notion of the divided subject of Lacan, the split between text and narration, or utterance and enunciation, in order to gesture towards the possibility of escaping complicity with the dominant discourses" ("J. M. Coetzee", quoted from Fiona Probyn Jouvert 7.1,2002). Besides the liminality of location and self-reflexivity of the authorial self, writing itself is rendered problematic in Coetzee's novels in that language, style and narrative patterns draw attention for further exploration. "What is written" overtakes "writing" as an activity, as it embodies the conflicts and contradictions of marginality, race, gender, ethics, law, justice and other values by which a society governs itself. Having been placed in a complex situation, Coetzee declares that he writes without authority. Not only that he transgresses the authority of the state but also the norms of "writing" itself in articulating the voices of the silent while representing the unrepresentable.

Keeping in view the importance of Coetzee as a postcolonial author who is sensitive to many complex issues of a divided society and having a style of his own using in some cases autobiographical material, I would like to invite papers on his fictional works for a volume titled "Writing in the Middle Voice: J.M Coetzee's Fictions" to be published by December 2006. The contributors may select a theme for example gender, race, marginality and so on or write a theoretical paper on postcolonial condition and Coetzee's narrative voice or combine more than one work of Coetzee developing a thematic perspective or attempt a comparative essay. They may also write on individual texts. For the benefit of the contributors a full list of Coetzee's works is given below:

  • Dusklands . Ravan Press (Johannesburg), 1974
  • In the Heart of the Country . Secker & Warburg, 1977
  • Waiting for the Barbarians. Secker & Warburg, 1980
  • Life & Times of Michael K . Secker & Warburg, 1983
  • A Land Apart: A South African Reader . (editor with André Brink) Faber and Faber, 1986
  • Foe. Secker & Warburg, 1986
  • White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa. Yale University Press, 1988
  • Age of Iron. Secker & Warburg, 1990
  • Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews. Harvard University Press, 1992
  • The Master of Petersburg. Secker & Warburg, 1994
  • Giving Offense: A Study of Literary Censorship. University of Chicago Press, 1996
  • Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. Secker & Warburg, 1997
  • Disgrace. Secker & Warburg, 1999
  • The Lives of Animals . Princeton University Press, 1999 Stranger Shores: Literary Essays 1986-1999 . Secker, 2001
  • Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II . Secker & Warburg, 2002
  • Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons. Secker & Warburg, 2003
  • Landscape with Rowers: Poetry from the Netherlands. (translator) Princeton University Press, 2004
  • Slow Man. Secker & Warburg, 2005

Last date for submission of articles is 15th June 2006. Please inform the editor on the title of your paper by the end of March 2006 to avoid duplication of articles on themes and texts. The articles should be sent through E-mail. If a hard copy is submitted a soft copy in Windows Word 98 or 2000 format should accompany it.

Note: Mere submission of an article does not guarantee inclusion of the same in the volume. At least two reviewers will review all submissions before the final selection is made. The decision of the editor is final in the selection of articles.

Editor of the volume: Kailash C. Baral

Contact Address:

Kailash C. Baral
Professor in English and Director
CIEFL, NE Campus
NEHU Permanent Complex, Umshing
Shillong - 793022, India
Phone: 91-0364-2550065,2550038(O),2520850®,
Mobile: 91+09436117351
E-Mail: and

About the editor:

Kaialsh C. Baral is Professor of English and Director of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL), Northeast Campus at Shillong. He has authored Sigmund Freud: A Study of His Theory of Art and Literature (1994) and edited Humanities and Pedagogy: Teaching of Humanities Today (2002), Interpretation of Texts: text, meaning and interpretation (2002) and Earth Songs: Stories from Northeast India (2005). He has co-edited Theory and Praxis: Curriculum, Culture and English Studies (2003), Reflections on Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004), U.R.Anantha Murthy's Samskara: A Critical Reader (2005). His articles on critical theory, cultural studies and postcolonial literatures are published in India and abroad and also included in many anthologies.

Cambridge Scholars Press
“Mothers and Motherhood as National Allegory”

For an Edited Collection tentatively entitled (M)Othering the Nation: Constructing and Resisting Regional and National Allegories Through the Maternal Body, edited by Lisa Bernstein and Pamela Monaco.

At the invitation of Cambridge Scholars Press, we are submitting for publication an anthology of critical scholarly essays on the topic of motherhood and the maternal body reconfigured as motherland. The precise focus of this study is the multiple ways in which mothers and motherhood have figured as tropes of nation formation and of national development and/or disintegration. Essays are welcomed from all linguistic, historical, national, and cultural contexts, that address ways in which literature, performance, and visual arts have used the figure of the mother to represent, deconstruct, and/or transgress geographical, cultural, and ideological nations and regions.

Responding to Frederic Jameson's contention in "Third World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism" that all "Third World" literatures constitute allegories of nation-formation, Jean Franco, in "The Nation as Imagined Community," and Aijaz Ahmad, in "In Theory: Nations, Classes, and Literatures," critique assumptions and generalizations concerning "Third World Literature," and question the viability of "the nation" as a construct. This anthology intends both to insert itself into this conversation, and to address the impact of allegorical representations of "the mother" on real women's lives.

This volume will discuss mythical and historical narratives that connect the mother's body and motherhood to the ideas of community, region, and nation. Papers might examine the images and uses of marginalized women, such as mothers of minority racial and ethnic status and lesbian mothers. Of particular interest is the role of literature and cultural institutions in colonial, anti-colonial, and post-colonial representations and contestations of the nation as real and imagined community. Proposals may draw on recent social, political, and cultural theory to explore ways in which literature and society have used the figure of the mother to represent nationhood and to construct and transform notions of national identity, or alternatively, to envision new and different concepts of community and social space beyond the idea of the nation-state.

Abstracts (400-500 words) due June 15, 2006. Acceptances will be made by the end of August 1. Accepted papers of approximately 15-20 pages will be due December 15, 2006.

Please send any inquiries and abstracts via email to both Lisa Bernstein

( and Pamela Monaco (

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment
“Ecocriticism and Postcolonialism”

While considering the human and environmental disasters of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Amitav Ghosh reflects upon the migration of Indians to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands generated by the promise of land for agriculture. In Ghosh's view, the government's ill-fated decision to allocate beach-front property to migrants was "no mere accident"; some housing's "location was determined by an ordering of space that owed more to Europe than to its immediate surroundings." Well before the tsunami struck, local inhabitants knew the sea's enormous expansive power, yet the topographical development of the islands followed a European model, one that Ghosh likens to "the smiling cornices of the French Riviera or the coastline of Italy." While conceding the clarity of hindsight, Ghosh nonetheless wonders, "surely the planners were not unaware of" the volatility of the sea in this region? In his attempt to make sense of the decimation of human life in the wake of the tsunami, Ghosh also seeks to historicize a postcolonial environmental ethic that would help explain the complex layering of spatial use in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

This example, taken from Ghosh's essay "A Town by the Sea," demonstrates a productive interface between postcolonial and ecocritical studies. How do postcolonial studies' interrogation of colonial discourses and insistence on historicity push at ecocriticism's seeming reluctance to historicize environmental realities? In turn, in what ways does the non-human emphasis in ecocritical studies work alongside or perhaps against the postcolonial model of human agency?

We seek essays for a special cluster of articles on ecocriticism and postcolonialism to be featured in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment that address these and similar questions through the analysis of postcolonial and indigenous works of writers from all geographical areas, especially Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • In what ways have the historical changes wrought by colonization, decolonization, and globalization affected human relationships to the non-human world and the representation of these relationships?
  • How does postcolonial literature depict the spatial organization of place? Does it rely upon or reconfigure urban/rural, modern/primitive, domesticated/wild, and other possible binaries?
  • How are postcolonial writers using genre to portray and, perhaps, introduce alternative ways of being in and knowing the non-human world?
  • Does postcolonial literature offer ways to work through romanticized images of natives, peasants, the folk, and the primitive so as to move us from the idealized to the "ecocritical"?
  • How do postcolonial writing and the global environmental justice movement articulate a critique of first world political, economic, and even literary practices?

Please send all inquiries and full-length submissions (btw. 4000-6500 words, MLA format) to both Cara Cilano ( and Elizabeth DeLoughrey ( by 15 June 2006.

Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge
“Drifts and Drifting”

Rhizomes, an online, peer- reviewed biannual journal, seeks essays for its Fall 2006 issue on the topic of Drifts and Drifting. This could include drifts of people, ideas, texts, etc. Experimental forms/formats encouraged.

Send 250-word abstracts by 6/15/2006; send papers by 8/15/2006 to:

Ellen E. Berry
Co-Editor, Rhizomes
East Hall/Department of English
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

“Iranian-American Literature”

We are inviting proposals for a special issue on Iranian-American Literature, projected for publication in 2008.

The explosion in memoirs written by Iranian women in the last few years has provided an unprecedented literary introduction into the lives and experiences of Iranians -- whether exiles, immigrants, or in several cases, second-generation Iranian-Americans. This special issue of MELUS will focus on the emerging literature of Iranian-Americans, (written by both women and men) and will explore the relationship between literature and Iranian immigration and the politics of US-Iranian relations in the second half of the 20th century and the emerging literature of this community at the start of the 21st century. Possible topics might include:

  • Memoir and Women's Narratives
  • The Fiction of the Iranian Revolution
  • The Return Narrative to Iran
  • Growing Up Iranian/Growing Up American
  • Expatriates and Exiles
  • Iranian-American Poetry

We welcome proposals that discuss the emergence of Iranian-American literature (including Canada) and explore the role of literature in creating a public Iranian identity in North America. Please submit a 2-page abstract to Persis Karim at and Nasrin Rahimieh at by no later than June 15, 2006.

". . . Don't live in the world as if you were renting or here only for the summer, but act as if it was your father's house. . .Believe in seeds, earth, and the sea, but people above all. Love clouds, machines, and books, but people above all." Nazim Hikmet, 20th century Turkish poet

Persis M. Karim, Ph.D. (

English Dept., San Jose State University/1 Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192/(408) 924-4476

“South African Cultural Texts and the Global Mediascape”

Special Issue of scrutiny2: issues in english studies in southern africa 13.1(2008)

Guest editors: Andrew van der Vlies & Patrick Denman Flanery

Please write with expressions of interest by 30 June 2006. Potential contributors suggesting topics broadly in line with the themes will be invited to submit essays (4-5,000 words) by 1 March 2007. The final selection will be made by mid-June 2007, and the issue is scheduled to appear early in 2008.

We invite work in the following areas:

  • Presentation, representation, and contestation of South African cultural texts (novels, poetry, films, plays, music, etc.) in/for global contexts, considering, e.g. adaptation, (re-)packaging, publishing, performance, and/or distribution contexts
  • Prizes and Prize Culture (literary prizes, film festivals & prizes)
  • Book clubs and global reading practises
  • Queering South Africa, or the [exemplary] Rainbow Nation
  • Adaptations of foreign texts into a South African context or for a South African audience
  • Issues of cultural stereotyping in South African texts/film and of contemporary South Africa in foreign texts/film
  • Dramatising/staging the Truth & Reconciliation Commission
  • Re-presenting South[ern] African indigeneities
  • Marketing South Africa globally
  • Writing for 'abroad': catering to the South African diaspora

Expressions of interest should be sent by email to both editors:

Andrew van der Vlies (Department of English Literature, University of Sheffield,UK):

and Patrick Denman Flanery (St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK):


JASAT, the publication of the American Studies Association of Texas, is a peer-reviewed journal that exists to focus interdisciplinary attention on thematic, methodological, and pedagogical issues in American culture. Each annual issue includes short reviews (approximately 400 words) of books relevant to scholarship in American Studies, with emphasis on Texas, Southern and Southwestern United States, and/or Northern Mexico.

If you are interested in reviewing for JASAT, contact Steven Schroeder, Book Review Editor, at Please indicate the title you’d like to review and briefly outline your qualifications. Deadline for review submissions is 1 July 2006.

A list of books available for review, updated regularly, is online at:

Early Modern Emissaries (1550-1700)

We invite papers for a proposed collection on early modern emissaries and their role in England's expansionary ventures and cross-cultural encounters across the globe. The messenger figure offers an interesting focal point for the discussion of transnational exchange and intercourse, particularly the ways in which s/he embodies the processes of representation and communication within the world of the literary / cultural text, itself an 'emissary,' striving to communicate and re-present certain perceptions of the 'real.' Drawing attention to the limits and licenses of communication, the emissary is a reminder of the alien quality of foreign language and the symbolic power of performative gestures and rituals.

Contributions to this collection may address the literary and cultural productions and representations of ambassadors, factors, traders, translators, spies, middlemen, merchants, missionaries, and other agents, who served as complex conduits for the global 'transport' of goods, religious ideologies, and socio-cultural practices, throughout the early modern period. Papers may take up the multiple ways in which the emissary became enmeshed in emerging discourses of racial, religious, gender, and class differences. They may consider how the emissary's role might have contributed to an idealized progressive vision of a borderless world or, conversely, permeated and dissolved borders and boundaries between peoples only to further specific group interests. While papers may study specific kinds of cross- cultural activity (e.g. translation, missionary endeavors, diplomacy), or specific areas of the world (e.g. Ireland, the Mediterranean, the Levant, the

New World, or Asia), we are especially interested in writing that examines the connections and interplay of discourses from multiple domains, or constructions of alterity that emerge from encounters with “otherness” of more than one kind.

We welcome a range of theoretical approaches and methodologies, and are open to work on different genres, including drama, travelogues, epistles, ethnographies etc. This collection would be of interest to scholars working on early modern travel and trade, the construction of racial and cultural difference, and the dynamics of cross-cultural and protocolonial encounters in the period.

While we prefer complete papers (5000-10,000 words), detailed abstracts will also be considered.

Please send papers in MLA format, abstracts, and inquires to Brinda Charry ( and and

Gitanjali Shahani ( by July 1st 2006.

Brinda Charry
Assistant Professor,
English Department
Keene State College
Keene, NH 03435.

Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women’s Writing

The recent conference call for papers on “Diversity and Change: Early Canadian Women Writers” has yielded the attention of Cambridge Scholars Press (, who is interested in publishing an edited collection of essays on the subject. This is a call for complete, developed, critical papers on diversity and change in early Canadian women’s writing for this collection of essays.

While nineteenth-century women writers in Britain and the United States have earned a reputation for being diverse and seeking social change through their writings, early Canadian women writers have been slow to receive the same kind of attention. I invite papers on early Canadian women writers—preferably beyond Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, although papers on them will be considered—to show the diverse range of writing styles and thought that was at work in Canada in the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century. Questions that might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • How did early Canadian women writers promote social change through their writing?
  • How do early Canadian women writers consider questions of gender, sexuality, class, poverty, race and ethnicity?
  • How conventional/subversive were early Canadian women writers in terms of either or both subject matter and genre?
  • How do early Canadian women writers consider the development of Canadian culture, and was it a part of their literary ‘agenda’?
  • How do early Canadian women writers’ works compare with their counterparts in Britain and the U.S.?

Papers should be approximately 6,000-7,500 words or 25-30 pages in length, and the deadline for complete papers is July 3, 2006.

Contributions should be sent electronically or by post to one of the following addresses:

Dr. Jennifer Chambers (

Dr. Jennifer Chambers
Department of English
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario

“Knowledge Economy: The Commodification of Knowledge and Information in the Academic System”

Tomas R. Giberson, Ph.D. Oakland University, Michigan

Gregory A. Giberson, Ph.D. Salisbury University, Maryland

We are seeking proposals for papers to be included in an edited collection investigating the various ways the academic economy drives the purposes, processes, and outcomes valued from Academics, individually and collectively. We suggest that our behavior as academics is governed not only by our dedication to our individual disciplines and our specific specialties but also is influenced and often determined by varying professional, intellectual, social, and political factors. These factors differ by the size, prominence, and mission of our individual institutions, our tenure status, as well as the expectations of our colleagues, students, administrators, and local communities. The competing and often contradictory demands placed upon us are often at odds with the traditional notions of liberal education that persist as traditional performative façade, an idealization of the academy existing primarily in the lore, rituals, and mission statements of most colleges and universities but not always in the products faculty are expected to produce. As Jean François Lyotard observed in The Postmodern Condition, "The question (overt or implied) now asked by the professionalist student, the State, or institutions of higher education is no longer 'Is it true?' but 'What use is it?" (51) Indeed, the "value" of higher education has taken on new meaning, which often contradicts its traditional goals: critical and intellectual development, and civic engagement

Members of all disciplines are invited to share thoughts, observations, and experiences in each of the three traditional areas of academic work: teaching, scholarship, and service. We also encourage submissions that address the implications of the meta economy-the interaction of these three areas on individual and systemic behavior. Historically, these three areas of the academic "job" are thought of as responsibilities defined in job descriptions and position postings. However, teaching, scholarship, and service have become commodities-outcomes that enable academics to advance their careers and achieve prominence among peers and administrators, who bestow the ultimate commodity for individual faculty members, tenure and promotion. As commodities, these become not the production of individual scholars and teachers, but units of value to be held, traded, and bargained with by universities, corporations, publishers, and degree holders to promote, trade, and sell.

Examples of questions that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:


  • How has the commodification of knowledge influenced the research you engage in and the scholarship you produce?
  • How is your behavior as a scholar influenced by the "number" and/or "quality" of publications required for tenure?
  • How is your scholarly production consumed by the university and other institutions and individuals and how does that influence you as a professional academic?
  • How has the increasing pressure to secure external funding through grants and the like impacted what and how you conduct research and scholarly inquiry?
  • How does the pressure of publication affect the pedagogy within graduate and undergraduate education?


  • How does/did your perception of the professional implications of student evaluations influence your teaching in pursuit of tenure?
  • How has your teaching been affected by the expectations of students, peers, and administrators?
  • How are your teaching strategies influenced by the number of classes/students you teach in a given semester?
  • How is your pedagogy influenced by the mission of your institution?
  • How has your teaching been influenced by other external factors, local or otherwise?


  • How do service requirements influence your work as a teacher and/or scholar?
  • How are service requirements for faculty accounted for in terms of tenure and promotion by the institution?
  • How do service requirements influence your behavior in productive and non-productive committees?
  • How do service commitments on the part of untenured faculty affect their bid for tenure?


  • How are the actions of your institution influenced by national rankings in teaching and research?
  • How do federal, state, institutional, and unit-level budgets affect your behavior as an academic?
  • How has the academic economy forced you to compromise your personal and professional goals?
  • How have increasing expectations for productivity and assessment across generations influenced your relationship with other faculty?

Given the sensitivity of the topics addressed, we will accept submissions from authors who prefer their work to be published anonymously, particularly for submissions from untenured faculty. However, your submission must include a brief description of your institution, department, and your placement within the tenure process, along with reasons why using your name with your submission would cause problems. We hope that tenured faculty will want their names attached to their submission.

We are seeking proposals of 500 words or less for chapters between 3,000 and 7,000 words. We welcome submissions from faculty, administrators and staff. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2006. For questions or to submit a proposal:

Essays in Theatre/Ètudes théâtrales
“Shakespearean Adaptations”

Essays in Theatre/Ètudes théâtrales invites submissions in for a special issue on the subject of Shakespearean adaptations. Topics may include (but are not limited to): adaptations for the stage—including musical theatre, dance, and performance art—as well as adaptations into other media—including literature, film, and television.

Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2006.

Essays in Theatre/Ètudes théâtrales is a refereed journal. All submissions considered for publication are anonymously assessed by at least two scholars with recognized expertise in the subject matter. Submissions (in English or French) should not exceed 5000 words and should follow the latest MLA Handbook.

Send four copies, with the author’s name and address on a separate sheet, to:

Essays in Theatre/Ètudes théâtrales
School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ont.
Canada N1G 2W1.

Swinburne: A Collection of Critical Essays

With Swinburne's 2009 centennial approaching, we would like you to consider contributing to a new collection of essays that will celebrate Swinburne and Swinburne scholarship. As our main goal in this collection is to explore the less familiar regions of Swinburne corpus, we invite essays that focus on the poetry, prose, and criticism published after 1870 and especially during the Putney period. Essays may address, but are not confined to, the following issues:

  • Swinburne’s later formal and generic experimentalism
  • treatment and redefinition of Romantic tropes
  • manipulation of classical and medieval myth
  • mature philosophical and spiritual concerns
  • modulating visions of sexuality
  • conceptions of childhood
  • the function of “bad” poetry
  • post-Mazzinian politics
  • Swinburne's place in print culture as writer and bibliophile
  • late-Victorian readers’ response to Swinburne
  • Swinburne's status and influence in Britain and abroad

Contributors include Jerome McGann, Catherine Maxwell, and Rikky Rooksby among others. Proposals (500-800 words) and further inquiries may be sent to by August 20, 2006.

On behalf of Margot K. Louis and myself,

Yisrael Levin
University of Victoria.

New Psychologies and the Moderns: Rethinking 20th Century Literary and Film Classics

For a book-length collection of essays, the co-editors seek literary or filmic analyses of major twentieth Century literary and moving picture works (fiction, poetry, drama, and films)--in English or in translation--from the perspective of the newer psychologies developed as critical tools during the last ten to fifteen years. These newer psychologies include family systems theories, adaptive literary study (neo-Darwinian psycho-biology), and human cognitive poetics. Our goal is to take a new look at several 20th century literary works or films whose previous psychoanalytically-oriented readings have seemingly exhausted anything useful or new to say about them.

Papers of approximately 6,000 words or less should conform to MLA style and display the writer's familiarity with any of the psychological paradigmata mentioned above.

Please send abstracts and/queries by Aug 31, 2006 to the editors, and completed essays by October 15, 2006

John V. Knapp
Department of English
330 Reavis Hall
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL 60115 USA
(815) 753-6632

Kenneth Womack
Head, Div. of Arts & Humanities
Penn State-Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 949-5750

New Readings in the Literature of British India, c.1780-1947 (edited collection)

Does a queer theory reading of Ackerley's Hindoo Holiday liberate or reinscribe this thinly-fictionalised memoir from its colonial context(s)? Does a perception of the unintended, unwelcome, even insurgent Indian reader haunt the early short fiction of Rudyard Kipling? Does a reading of the debate raging over the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act reshape our understanding of Flora Annie Steel's “Mutiny” novel, On the Face of the Waters? Is the imaginative and ideological “location” of Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable Bloomsbury rather than Punjab? How does a reading of the reception and publication history of Fanny Parkes' Wanderings of a Pilgrim reflect the British debate between Anglicist and Orientalist thinking? And who were Eliza Fay’s intended readers?

New Readings provocatively invites its contributors to newly interrogate and contest established readings of canonical texts, as well as offer new readings of critically neglected works. Contributors are encouraged to interpret the term 'literature' as broadly as they wish, including within its permeable boundaries both fiction and non-fiction, verse and prose, essay and memoir, drama and travel writing. As such, each essay in the collection should offer a close and stimulating new reading of a specific literary work. Contributors are free to adopt whatever literary critical perspective they feel will be most productive in offering a new reading of their chosen work, but they must offer a sustained close reading of their chosen text. This volume will aim to demonstrate the rich, conflicting and often coextensive diversity of interpretation opened up by the concept of “new readings” of, and in, the literature of British India from a variety of critical and heuristic positions.

Please register your interest in this project by sending an abstract of 500 words and a brief CV by the deadline of 1 September 2006 to the editor, Dr Shafquat Towheed at with the heading “Literature of British India.”

Accepted contributors will have until 1 February 2007 to submit their essays, which should ordinarily be between 10,000 and 12,000 words in length and should conform to MLA guidelines (citations in parentheses and a list of works cited). This book has been contracted by Ibidem Press to appear in its “Studies in English Literatures” series and it is anticipated that publication will be in the summer of 2007 (in time for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise). Contributors will retain the copyright to their essays and will be entitled to publish them elsewhere. As a paperback publication, it will be available for adoption on undergraduate and graduate courses.

Dr Shafquat Towheed
Institute of English Studies,
University of London and The Open University and
Tel: (+44) 02084496539

International Journal of Canadian Studies
Volume 33 ( 2006.1) The Prairies: Alienated or Dominant?

In the classic The Canadian Prairies (1984), Gerald Friesen quotes an excerpt from a letter written by a Prairie farm mother to Prime Minister R. B. Bennett in 1935. The letter shows the courage and resiliency of Prairie farmers during the 1930s drought and Depression. Impressed by that testimony and by numerous messages from Prairies farmers aired on CBC radio during those years (which are still available through the CBC archives), some saw in the determination of the Prairie farmers in the 1930s the “true” Canadian values of courage, faith and optimism.

However, people in the Prairies feel, even today, alienated from political power in Canada or by the process of decision-making perceived to be in Central Canada. In Canada, this feeling is referred to the “alienation” of the West. Yet, the Prairies have produced many of Canada’s best poets, short fiction writers, dramatists, novelists, singers, artists and architects. It is in the Prairies that the most important national parks in Canada were conceived.

On the political spectrum, Canada since the 1930s has been defined by a center-left agenda that originated in Saskatchewan, home of Tommy Douglas, and by Medicare, the result of the vision of Justice Emmett Hall also from Saskatchewan who articulated in the 1960s the “Canadian” vision of Healthcare. Over the past two decades, the challenge to the social democratic vision of Canada and its redefinition has come from the ”Calgary School,” which invokes a vision first articulated by former Albertan premier Ernest Manning in the late 1960s based on a religious form of populism. After all, perhaps far from being “alienated,” the Prairies seem to be the norm, if not the source of inspiration to major ideological and cultural shifts affecting all of Canada.

Kindly submit your paper (20-30 pages), along with an abstract of 100 words or less, by September 15, 2005 to the IJCS Secretariat at the address listed at the bottom of the page.

Open-topic section (Submissions accepted anytime).

Call for Open Topic Articles

The Editorial Board of the IJCS has decided to broaden the format of the Journal. While each future issue of the IJCS will include a set of articles addressing a given theme, as in the past, it will also include several articles that do not do so. Beyond heightening the general interest of each issue, this change should also facilitate participation in the Journal by the international community of Canadianists. Accordingly, the Editorial Board welcomes manuscripts on any topic in the study of Canada. As in the past, all submissions must undergo peer review. Final decisions regarding publication are made by the Editorial Board. Often, accepted articles need to undergo some revision. The IJCS undertakes that upon receiving a satisfactorily revised version of a submission that it has accepted for publication, it will make every effort to ensure that the article appears in the next regular issue of the Journal.

For further information please contact:
Guy Leclair, Managing Editor, IJCS
250 City Centre Avenue, Suite 303
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6K7.
Tel.: (613) 789-7834
Fax: [1] (613) 789-7830


University of Toronto Quarterly Fall 2007
”The Ethical Turn in Canadian Literature and Criticism”

Northrop Frye began his 1963 Massey lectures - entitled The Educated Imagination - by asking "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us to think more clearly, or feel more sensitively, or live a better life.?" Such questions are currently of great concern to many literary scholars in the United States, where there has been a tremendous surge of interest in, or "turn to," ethics. Writers including Wayne Booth, Martha Nussbaum, J. Hillis Miller, and Marjorie Garber, to name only a few, have charted the connections among literature, literary theory, politics, and moral philosophy that have become increasingly apparent over the last twenty years. At the same time, critics have identified troubling connections between the legacy of modernist humanism and the so-called "turn to ethics." Gauri Viswanathan, for example, notes the entanglement of the roots of literary criticism with the civilizing mission carried out in England's colonies through the supposedly moral influence of "good" English literature. In light of the uncertain relationships between humanism, imperialism, and ethics, we must ask whether a turn to ethics in Canada would be "good" for anyone.

Critics of Canadian literature have differed radically in their (implicit) answers to this question, to say nothing of authors such as Dionne Brand, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, and Michael Redhill, who are clearly engaged with the ethical import of the writing itself.

We invite papers on the implications of the turn to ethics for Canadian literature and criticism. Specifically, how does contemporary ethical criticism affect notions of text and reader, given its concern not only with literature and the good, but with the meeting of reader and text-as-other (what Lawrence Buell refers to as "a scene of virtual interpersonality")? Further, how does the turn to ethics position literary criticism in relation to politics? Chantal Mouffe observes in the West "the triumph of a sort of moralising liberalism that is increasingly filling the void left by the collapse of any project of real political transformation." Is the turn to ethics, to borrow Mouffe's words, "a retreat from the political"? What are the particular ethical valences associated with the literary and critical works of First nations, immigrant, postcolonial, women, minority, and queer writers in Canada? And finally, why and how are specific ethical approaches useful or problematic in the classroom?

Submitted essays should conform to University of Toronto Quarterly House style based on The Chicago Manual of Style. Please send two copies of completed papers, along with a copy on disk (double spaced, max. 25 pages) and a brief professional bio (50 words) to:

Dr. Marlene Goldman and Dr. Kristina Kyser, c/o University of Toronto
334 Larkin Building
6 Hoskin Avenue
Trinity College
Toronto, ON M5S 1H8

Deadline for submission November 1, 2006

Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas
“Divided Loyalties”

The competing components of human identity, in particular the identity of the artist, personal relationships, vocation, gender, race, class, religion, ethnicity, socio-political affiliation, language, nationality and place of residence are often in conflict with one another, but the conflict may be a stimulus for creative energies and an authentic world view.

Partial Answers invites interdisciplinary papers that focus on literary explorations of the relationship between competing commitments, complex and problematized identities, dual citizenships.

Possible subjects include:

  • Between two worlds: divided loyalties in periods of transition
  • Between languages and cultures: the predicament of bilingual and migrant writers
  • Between frames of reference: tension between loyalties to the narrow and to the broad frameworks of individual affiliation
  • Between socio-political engagement and art for art’s sake: maps of the middle ground
  • Under two banners: engaging art, endorsing more than one cause

In order to be included in Partial Answers 5/2, articles must reach the editorial office by December 31, 2006.

The editorial board extends a continuing welcome to papers on other subjects in the interdisciplinary field of literature and the history of ideas, in particular to articles associated with two of the recent rubrics, “The Cultural Other” and “Narrative as a Way of Thinking.”

Further information is available on