Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines April-June 2019

“All We Are Is Eyes”: The Literary Art of Ali Smith
Authors are invited to contribute to an edited volume
Deadliine for proposals: 14 April 2019

Authors are invited to submit papers for a volume exploring the literary output of Ali Smith. Papers may explore any aspect of Smith’s work, but suggested areas include gender, sexuality, nationality and the relationship between literature and the visual arts. Papers should be between 4,000-7,000 words, preceded by a 200 word abstract and formatted using the MLA system. The deadline for abstracts is 14th April 2019.

Any queries regarding submissions should be sent to:

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(posted 5 February 2019)


Postclassical Narratology: Twenty Years Later
An issue of Word and Text – A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, IX (2019)
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2019

Guest Editors: Biwu Shang, Arleen Ionescu and Laurent Milesi

As a term, ‘postclassical narratology’ was proposed by David Herman in his ground-breaking article ‘Scripts, Sequences, and Stories: Elements of a Postclassical Narratology’ (1997) and widely popularized in his edited volume Narratologies: New Perspectives on Narrative Analysis (1999). The last two decades witnessed an explosive interest in narrative studies, which to a large extent could be categorized as the various strands of postclassical narratology. Although in Herman’s view postclassical narratology does contain classical moments, it does not simply mean that the term, in the very literal sense, periodizes narratology into classical vs. postclassical phases. Instead, it refers to those newly-developed approaches beyond structuralism and to new narrative phenomena in the spectrum of analysis.

The boom and rapid development of postclassical narratology is evidenced in an unaccountable number of works produced in the past years; to name a few: James Phelan and Peter J. Rabinowitz’s A Companion to Narrative Theory (2005), Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik’s Postclassical Narratology: Approaches and Analysis (2010), David Herman et al.’s Narrative Theory: Core Concepts and Critical Debates (2012), Biwu Shang’s Contemporary Western Narratology: Postclassical Perspectives (2013), Jan Alber and Per Krogh Hansen’s Beyond Classical Narration: Transmedial and Unnatural Challenge (2014), and Zara Dinnen and Robyn Warhol’s The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Narrative Theories (2018). However, we should be aware of the fact that along with its unprecedented development, postclassical narratology has also met controversies from various directions. For instance, Brian Richardson (1997) and Meir Sternberg (2011) are doubtful of both the term ‘postclassical narratology’ and the distinction of the classical/postclassical in narrative studies.

As a rejoinder to the thought-provoking and timely initiative of the second phase of postclassical narratology by such scholars as David Herman and Biwu Shang (2010), Jan Alber and Monika Fludernik (2010), and Biwu Shang (2015), this special issue ‘Postclassical Narratology: Twenty Years Later’, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this new orientation in the field of narratology, attempts to examine and assess the development of narrative inquiries in the postclassical context of the last two decades. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Classical Concepts, Postclassical Perspectives
  • Narrative Theory Today and Tomorrow: Current State and Future Directions
  • Rhetorical Theory of Narrative
  • Feminist Narrative Theory
  • Unnatural Narrative Theory
  • Cognitive Narrative Theory
  • Transmedial Narrative Theory
  • Fictionality, Emotionality, Ideology,

We welcome interdisciplinary approaches, ranging across critical theory, literary and cultural studies, as well as other disciplines in the humanities. Contributors are advised to follow the journal’s submission guidelines and stylesheet available from http://jlsl.upg-ploiesti.ro/. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 30, 2019. Please send 500-word proposals to the editors of the volume, who will answer any queries you may have. Articles selected for publication must be submitted by June 30, 2019. All submitted articles will be blind-refereed except when invited. Accepted articles will be returned for post-review revisions by July 30, 2019 and will be expected back in their final version by September 30, 2019 at the latest.

Proposals and articles should be sent as attachments to wordandtext2011@gmail.com and the three editors of the issue Biwu Shang (biwushang@sjtu.edu.cn), Arleen Ionescu (anionescu@sjtu.edu.cn) and Laurent Milesi (milesi@sjtu.edu.cn).

(posted 25 January 2019)


The Cinema of Kenneth Branagh: Adaptations, Retellings and Reevaluations
A volume edited by Sabine Planka & Feryal Cubukcu
Deadline for abstracts: 31 Mat 2019

Since Kenneth Branagh impressed audiences in 1989 with his first film, “Henry V”, movie critics, film scholars, Shakespeare scholars, and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike have noticed two qualities about the young director: he holds back very little, and he borrows from other films quite a bit. Certain portions of his films have been defined appropriately as “lavish”, “over the top”, “energetic”, and “sheer bravura”. His numerous engagements with the mainstream would offer rich and varied ground to explore, and would contribute to a deeper understanding of how a star persona functions; but failure to recognise even the least significance of exploring his recent popular work suggests a persistence in obeying traditional cultural hierarchies and marginalising the mainstream as a site of academic focus.

Branagh does not hesitate to make use of the camera angles, textual imagery, ambiguity, pastiche and parody in his movies and adaptations. If all his movies are taken into account, it would seem that despite the fact that film is so often touted as a visual medium, perhaps its’ most powerful ability of affecting and influencing its viewers lies not only in the images it presents, but also in the personalities of life-like characters.

While lots of research has been done on Branagh’s Shakespeare-adaptations our volume wants to consider the other movies Branagh has directed, too. It is obvious that not only Shakespeare and other authors have had influence on him but also other directors as can be seen, for example, in his film “Dead Again” (1991) that is clearly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock. Additionally Branagh’s work, therefore, contains not only Shakespeare adaptations but also adaptations of other literary works from different genres like “Thor” (2011), “Cinderella” (2015) and the upcoming adaptation of the novel for children “Artemis Fowl” (2019). The newly-announced is a second Agatha Christie-adaptation “Death on the Nile” for 2020 – and which has indirectly be announced by the cliffhanger at the end of his first Christie-adaptation “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) – which expresses Branagh’s extraordinary talent to handle every genre. It goes without saying that Branagh adapted an opera, too: in 2006 he transferred Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” into a World War I-scenario.

Our volume, therefore, intends to focus on Kenneth Branagh primarily as a director. We are seeking for previously unpublished essays that consider the following topics (but are not limited to) from multidisciplinary perspectives to expand the view on Branagh’s oeuvre that can be divided into

(a) Adaptations of Shakespeare (Henry V (1989)/Much Ado About Nothing (1993)/A Midwinter’s Tale (1995)/Hamlet (1996)/Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000)/As You Like It (2006)/Macbeth (2013)) and

(b) Adaptations of other literary works and the connection to different genres (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994; Gothic Novel)/The Magic Flute (2006; Opera)/Thor (2011; Comics)/Cinderella (2015; Fairy Tale)/Artemis Fowl (announced 2019; Children’s Literature)/Murder on the Orient Express (2017; Crime Novel/Agatha Christie)/Death on the Nile (announced for 2020; Crime Novel/Agatha Christie)).

Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • influences of Branagh’s education at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on his movies
  • influences of and connections to other directors
  • the literary basis of his movies
  • techniques of narration
  • colonial/postcolonial readings
  • ‘spatial turn’/architectural concepts in Branagh’s movies
  • class consciousness
  • social life and the role of the individual
  • gender representations/representations and visualizations of femininity and masculinity
  • visual effects/style
  • visualization of garden/landscape/nature and heritage
  • set design/costume design and (collaboration with) set designers/costume designers
  • use of (classical/modern) music

The timetable for the volume is as follows:

  • The deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2019
  • Feedback: Mid of July 2019 at the latest
  • Submission for articles (completed): October 31, 2019
  • Double peer review process and feedback of final acceptance due to: November 30, 2019
  • Articles sent back to editors: December 31, 2019
  • The publication is planned during spring/summer 2020.

If you are interested in proposing a chapter, please send an email with (1) an abstract of 500 words and (2) a short CV (maximum of 200 words, plus 3 titles of relevant publications) to both Dr. Feryal Cubukcu (Dokuz Eylul University) (cubukcu.feryal@gmail.com) and Dr. Sabine Planka (University of Siegen) (mail@sabine-planka.de).

Your abstract should outline your hypothesis and briefly sketch the theoretical framework(s) within which your chapter will be situated. All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, you may assume that your email was lost in the depths of cyberspace. In that case, please re-submit. Please note that we will not include previously published essays in the collection.

(posted 4 February 2019)