Published on 22nd February 2021 in Calls for papers
Unorthodox Minds: Innovative Exchanges Between Cognitive Studies, Narrative Theory and Contemporary Fiction
An edited collection of essays
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2021
Edited by Grzegorz Maziarczyk and Joanna Klara Teske
In recent years research on the subject of consciousness, cognition, and the human mind has been constantly gaining momentum. New theories take emotions to be information processing programs which control the work of subprograms responsible for perception, attention or conceptual frameworks (Tooby and Cosmides), construe mental states − our subjective experience − as having no causal power (Dennett), claim that we read the minds of the others by simulating their experience (Goldman), submit that instead of being rational in our actions we simply post hoc rationalize them with the help of the interpreter module, confabulating when needs be (Gazzaniga). These and similar cutting-edge conceptualisations of consciousness and cognition have already attracted attention of both novelists (Peter Watts, Ian McEwan, David Lodge, Tom McCarthy, Julian Barnes) and narrative (postclassical) theorists (Monika Fludernik, Alan Palmer, David Herman, Lisa Zunshine).
In 2016 and 2017 we edited two collections of essays on works of fiction investigating the human mind: Novelistic Inquiries into the Mind (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and Explorations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction (Brill). Though the two volumes have helped to fill an important gap in the literature, they have not exhausted the subject. Contemporary fiction as well as contemporary narrative studies seem to engage more than ever in interaction with cognitive studies and philosophy of mind offering provocative ideas and/or original means of their expression.
We invite proposal submissions for a forthcoming edited collection concerning recent developments in cognitive science and philosophy of mind and their reverberations in narrative theory and contemporary English-language fiction. We are especially interested in innovative theories of mind and equally innovative works of literature, which offer unorthodox representations of the human mind.
We welcome research papers focused on any of the following issues:
- postclassical analyses of techniques for showing mental states/cognition in narrative fiction,
- literary responses to narrative theories of the mind,
- literary reception (in narrative studies and fiction) of phenomenological interpretations of the mindful body/ the embodied mind (rejecting the post-Cartesian dualism),
- the use of experimental narrative strategies to problematize mental experience (cf. works such as The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway, Woman’s World by Graham Rawle, The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski or The Breathing Wall by Kate Pullinger, Stefan Schemat and babel),
- unnatural minds of narrative texts: examination of human minds carried out within the framework of unnatural narratology,
- new interpretations of the role of emotions and affect in contemporary fiction and/or narrative theory,
- analyses of literary representations of the impact of the Internet and, more generally, contemporary digital culture on the human mind,
- cultural minds: “fictional” representations of cultural differences between minds,
- the idea of the constructedness of the self: the role of the imagination in human subjective experience as explored in postmodern (meta)fiction,
- notions of extended mind and intermental thinking: their use in narrative theory and/or fiction,
- interactivism as a radically new interpretation of cognition: its reflection in narrative theory and fiction,
- “fictional” discussions on artificial intelligence and what they can reveal about the nature of the mind,
- literary discussions on the subject of ethical consequences of recent developments in the theory of mind (ideas such as physical determinism, constructivism, epiphenomenalism),
- novelistic attempts to anticipate the future evolution of the human mind (posthumanity).
Proposals (250-word abstracts) should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by October 01, 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by October 30, 2021. Final papers will be expected by March 01, 2022. We hope to be able to publish the collection by the end of 2022.
We would like to ask the authors to follow the MLA stylesheet (8th edition) and use British English spelling. Please attach a brief biographical note to your abstract.
Grzegorz Maziarczyk, Associate Professor of Literary Theory
Joanna Klara Teske, Associate Professor of Literary Studies
Institute of Literary Studies
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
(posted 4 May 2021)
Literature and peripheries
Polifemo no. 23, 2022
Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2021
The ‘periphery’ has long been the scene for the most pressing wagers of urban, economic and social development: in its various, often unfortunately negative aspects, the periphery constitutes a node of transition and inevitable connection between the ‘centre’ and the ‘outside’ of the city, maintaining opposing characteristics towards both, and acting as an identity-creating workshop for ‘middle-earth society’, where degradation is mixed with opportunities and is redeemed by creative energy.
The periphery is an extremely mobile place, in both time and space: it changes according to epochs and the cities where it is located, seeing that today there are ‘internal’ peripheries, characterised by situations of social marginalisation, cultural and emotional deprivation, and a lack of opportunities.
It is a mutable ‘object’ and for this reason continually eludes evaluations: if, on the one hand, it is defined by subtraction in relation to the terms of reference with which it is compared, on the other hand, it is now finding its place in the imagination as an accumulation of the multiple meanings acquired over time. The metaphorical (and re-semanticised – in an anthropological, linguistic and cultural sense) use of the term therefore makes use of different connotations, seen as values or as disvalues, depending on the diaphasic contexts and, above all, on the internal or external gaze of those who narrate the peripheries.
Nowadays, the periphery is a theme that has been so well covered by the arts (literature, the visual arts, music) and by the humanities in general (social, linguistic, anthropological and historical sciences) that it has now acquired a classic status, which must now attempt to find an interdisciplinary epistemological structure.
This thematic issue of Polifemo will welcome the work of researchers from the various disciplines – literary and other arts – who are studying the theme proposed.
Among the topics that may be developed, we can mention by way of example:
- the role of language and literature in the formation of the concept of ‘periphery’ with reference to some specific cases;
- the metaphor of the periphery and its connotations;
- the peripheries of literature (the noir genre and others);
- the literature of the peripheries;
- the condition of young people in the peripheries.
Other proposals for study on the subject put forward by those intending to collaborate in the publication will be examined by the Scientific Committee, in order to widen the field of exploration undertaken in this issue of the Magazine. Contributions will be accepted in Italian, English and French.
To this end, the Editorial Board proposes the following deadlines: a preliminary and essential step is the sending, to firstname.lastname@example.org, of an abstract (min.10/max.20 lines), keywords and a brief curriculum vitae of the proposer, by 1st October 2021 (absolute deadline). The Editorial Office will confirm to the authors the acceptance of the contributions by 15 October 2021. The deadline for submission of contributions is 15th February 2022.
All contributions will be subject to double blind peer review. The issue, edited by Prof. Giovanna Rocca and Prof. Marta Muscariello, will be published in June 2022.
(posted 5 May 2021)
The ‘Edge’ of Sylvia Plath Critical History: A Reappraisal of Plath’s Work 60 years after
A special issue of E-Rea: Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone
Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2021
- Nicolas-Pierre Boileau (Aix-Marseille Université, France)
- Carmen Bonasera (University of Pisa, Italy)
Sixty years after the publication of The Bell Jar (1963), her semi-autobiographical and only novel, and, also, sixty years after her untimely death, Sylvia Plath’s poetry and prose continue to attract attention from scholars and readers worldwide, as seen in the constant re-publishing of her works in English and translation. For many decades, her trailblazing career was overshadowed by the emotional response of critics and readers alike to her suicide. This gradually resulted in constructing Plath either as an iconic martyr or as a melodramatic cliché, all of that perpetuating a distorted reception of her posthumous oeuvre, as if her works mirrored her tragic life.
The year 2023 seems the appropriate occasion to add a further tile to the mosaic of Plath criticism. Far from being exhausted, the critical interest in Plath’s life and writing has adopted various approaches. This heterogeneous critical response was not only caused by different critical trends and cultural contexts, but it was also partly due to a fragmentary publication history. While alternative readings regularly emerged in the 1990s, often in response to edited or newly discovered material, a decade of near silence followed the publication of the most significant critical studies (The Cambridge Introduction, 2006, and The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath, 2008, both edited by Jo Gill), suggesting that the matter could have worn out.
In light of the resurfacing of previously unpublished writings, this special issue of E-Rea aims to engage with the challenging questions put forth by the latest contributions by and about Sylvia Plath: Plath’s correspondence (The Letters of Sylvia Plath, volumes 1&2, eds. Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil, 2017-18), recent trends in Plath studies (Sylvia Plath in Context, ed. Tracy Brain, 2019), and the latest biography (Heather Clark’s Red Comet, 2020). Given the recent resurgence of interest in her life, works and legacy, we would like to attract established and emerging scholars to discuss the upcoming issues of reading Plath in the 2020s. Specific attention will be devoted to essays that delve into Plath’s construction of her persona in poetry and life writing, in order to discuss which Sylvia Plath we have been constructing these past sixty years, and to promote fresh commentaries about one of the most electric poetic voices of the 20th century.
Original textual readings and essays featuring a comparative scope are especially encouraged. Moreover, papers on topics as diverse as (but not limited to) the following are welcome:
- Plath and life writing
- Plath’s self narrative between poetry and prose
- Plath and her correspondence
- Plath’s biography: new insights
- Plath’s The Bell Jar at 60
- Issues of genre in The Bell Jar: autobiography or autofiction?
- Issues of gender: Plath and feminism(s)
- Queering Plath
- Plath, pathography and the Medical Humanities
- Plath and Nature: ecocritical views
- Plath and intertextuality
- Re-reading Plath
- Plath studies: previous and new perspectives
- Plath’s legacy in the 21st century
- Plath in Europe
E-Rea accepts contributions in French and in English.
Contributors should send a .pdf file to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15th, 2021. The proposal should include a title, an abstract in English or French (500 words max.), the author’s affiliation and brief bio. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by November 15th, 2021. Full articles will be expected by November 15th, 2022. Publication is envisioned for E-REA’s Spring issue in 2023.
 For major monographs about Plath published in the 1990s and early 2000s, see: Steven G. Axelrod, Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins UP, 1990; Jacqueline Rose, The Haunting of Sylvia Plath, London, Virago, 1991; Susan R. Van Dyne, Revising Life: Sylvia Plath’s Ariel Poems, Chapel Hill, U. of North Carolina Press, 1993; Christina Britzolakis, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1999; Tracy Brain, The Other Sylvia Plath, Harlow, Pearson Education, 2001.
(posted 28 June 2021)
Theorizing Literary Animals
Special issue 2/2022 of Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Philologia
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2021
Guest editor: Dr. Ema Vyroubalova, Trinity College Dublin
This special issue seeks essays in English that engage with as well as challenge existing work in animal studies in relation to literary texts and/or theories from across different genres, historical periods, and linguistic and national traditions. Topics for possible essays include the following:
- relationship between animal studies and literary theory and/or history
- theorizing human-animal hybridities and continuities in literary texts
- alternatives to anthropocentrism and/or anthropomorphism in literary criticism and theory
- intersectionality and animal studies
- triangulating between animal studies, ecocriticism and literary theory/studies
- animals and translation theory
- impact of the animal rights movement on literature
- pedagogical approaches to combining animal and literary studies
- 1 November 2021 – proposal submission deadline (200-word abstract, 7 keywords, 5 theoretical references, 150-word author’s bio-note)
- 15 November 2021 – notification about acceptance
- 1 February 2022 – submission of full papers (Instructions for authors regarding formatting rules and style sheets can be found on the journal’s webpage: http://studia.ubbcluj.ro/serii/philologia/pdf/Instructions_En.pdf)
- 30 June 2022 – publication of the special-themed issue
Please send your abstracts and papers to both email addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
(posted 22 February 2021)
Victorian and Edwardian Autobiographies
Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens n°98, Fall 2023
Deadline for proposals: 10 November 2021
A 400-word abstract and brief biography should be sent to Aude Haffen (email@example.com) by November 10th, 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by December 18th, 2021. Full articles (up to 7,000 words) will be due by June 10th, 2022.
This issue of Les Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens aims to shed new light on Victorian and Edwardian self-narratives and self-representations (autobiographies, letters, travelogues, diaries etc.) by focussing on their connection to the period’s mainstream as well as minor or marginal literary tropes, political ideas, ethical principles, epistemological frameworks and religious beliefs. Subaltern forms of life-writing will be of particular interest, but also literary endeavours which challenge dominant views of the subject from within their own hegemonic or canonical status. Postmodern, feminist, queer, Marxist and Foucauldian theories have fruitfully engaged with how modern subjectivities were fashioned by 19th century capitalist, patriarchal, scientific discourses and archetypal narratives like the Bildungsroman. However, the actual autobiographical practices of the time might also involve forms of self-representation and self-understanding which elude such ideological patterns and frameworks of subjectivation. From the cultural centre epitomized by John Stuart Mill’s Autobiography to less prominent and even marginal positions (those, for example, held by female, queer, working-class, radical or Black autobiographers or diarists), Victorian and Edwardian life-writing practices might indeed resist the liberal paradigm of universal male agents developing individual selfhood along a linear course leading to wholeness, self-discipline and self-knowledge.
We invite contributions from all fields of 19th and early 20th-century literature, history and cultural studies. Topics and approaches might include:
- – Autobiography and liberalism
- – Chartists’, socialists’, workers’ autobiographies
- – Black British autobiographers
- – Circulation, impact and literary influence of American ex-slave self-narratives and Black abolitionists’ lecture tours in Victorian Britain
- – Archiving and publication history of subaltern self-narratives
- – Women’s autobiographies; gender and sexuality
- – Religion and faith
- – Psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis
- – Hybrid forms of self-narratives; “autobiografiction” (Max Saunders); autobiographical uses of literary paradigms, motifs and patterns
- – Diaries, journals, letters, travelogues, poetry, biography as alternative modes of self-representation
- – 20th and 21st-century rediscovery and reinterpretation of Victorian and Edwardian personal voices (biographies, Neo-Victorian literature, films and series)
Amigoni, David (ed.)., Life-Writing and Victorian Culture. Ashgate, 2006.
Bensimon, Fabrice, “L’histoire ouvrière au prisme des autobiographies en Grande-Bretagne au XIXe siècle”, SFEVE conference “Popular forms and practices of reading and writing in the Victorian and Edwardian eras”, January 2021. https://sfeve.hypotheses.org/date/2020/12
Buckton Selves, Oliver, Confession and Same-Sex Desire in Victorian Autobiography, University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
Foucault, Michel, Histoire de la sexualité I : La volonté de savoir, Gallimard, 1976.
Gagnier, Regenia, Subjectivities: A History of Self-Representation in Britain, 1832-1920, OUP, 1991.
Gurney, Peter, “Working‐Class Writers and the Art of Escapology in Victorian England: The Case of Thomas Frost”, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1 (January 2006), pp. 51-71.
Regard, Frédéric (ed.), Mapping the Self. Space, Identity, Discourse in British Auto/Biography, Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, 2003.
Roulston, Chris, “The Revolting Anne Lister: The U.K.’s First Modern Lesbian”, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, 17:1, 2013, pp. 267-278.
Saunders, Max, Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature, OUP, 2010.
Stanley, Liz, The Auto/biographical I: The Theory and Practice of Feminist Auto/biography, Manchester University Press, 1995.
Stapleton, Julia, Political Intellectuals and Public Identities in Britain since 1850, Manchester University Press, 2001.
(posted 18 May 2021)
Tolkien as a translator: investigations on Tolkien translation studies
A collection of essays
Deadline for submissions: before December 2021
Editors: Giuseppe Scattolini and Enrico Spadaro
A call for papers from Tolkieniani Italiani
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was first and foremost a great philologist: words and languages were his bread and butter. Languages that evolved throughout their history, languages near and far, languages that had to be translated. Because Tolkien was also a great translator: dealing with Old and Middle English, it was necessary for him to translate into modern English, according to contemporary language, those ancient texts that would inspire him so much as a future author and creator of worlds and languages. It is perhaps from the translation into modern English of the poem Beowulf that Tolkien’s great literary production started; and to this first translation work, the Professor also dedicated a study, Translating Beowulf, in which he explained and argued his choices and reflected on the difficulties of translation.
Therefore, it turns to be useful to devote a collection of essays to Tolkien as a translator: to his way of translating, to the criteria he used, to the choices that distinguished his style and that inevitably influenced his sub-creation(s). Tolkien’s interest in translation was manifold and peculiar; moreover, the quick success of The Lord of the Rings around the world soon prompted him to draw up guidelines on the nomenclature of the work itself for those who would attempt to render the novel in their own languages. Several countries may now boast of having more than one translation of the adventures of Frodo and the Ring, thus providing new elements for reflection in Tolkien translation studies. This miscellany therefore aims to cross-examine, from a comparative point of view, the translation practice of Tolkien’s work in the light of the author’s thoughts on translation itself.
Contributions are particularly requested that investigate:
- The translation methodologies that Tolkien used in his translations and that he establishes in his non-fiction works, with particular attention to the essay Translating Beowulf;
- The translation criteria Tolkien gave to the translators of his works, especially in the “Nomenclature” and “Appendices” of The Lord of the Rings;
- The use of such methodologies and criteria in translating Tolkien’s works into the language of one’s own country;
- The possibility of applying these methodologies and criteria in future translations of Tolkien’s works into the language of one’s own country.
This Call for Papers is international and open to Tolkienian scholars and fans from all over the world: the participation of linguists and translators from is requested and welcomed. Essays will be published in two languages, English and Italian, by carefully selected publishers. For those who need assistance in translating their essays from Italian into English and vice versa, please contact the editors. Anyone wishing to publish this volume in their own language is encouraged to do so by writing to the editors and making arrangements with them for this purpose.
The maximum length of contributions is about 6500 words, notes, bibliography and spaces not included in the calculation. Abstracts of no more than 300 words are requested before December 2021; essays are due in May 2022. Essays should be written according to the editorial criteria that will be indicated to the participants via e-mail. Citations should not exceed 15% of the total word/character count of the article. Copyrighted material should be avoided unless you have permission to publish.
Email addresses to which proposals should be sent:
Enrico Spadaro firstname.lastname@example.org
Giuseppe Scattolini email@example.com
(posted 18 May 2021)
A book to be published in 2023
Deadline for proposals: 1 December 2021
From a somewhat niche position in English modernism, Virginia Woolf istoday an icon (see Brenda Silver, Virginia Woolf Icon) recognised aroundthe world. World Wide Woolf will consider the many steps of culturalmediation that ‘produce’ the varied and varying versions (‘versionings’,Silver) of Woolf that readers and even non-readers encounter in nationaland transnational contexts. Organised in two axes, this internationalmulti-authored collection will explore the poles of production andreception as part of the complex circuits from which many differentWoolf images emerge. The chapters in the first section will explore howher works are edited, translated, and (re)produced in many languages,media, platforms and disciplines, both historically and contemporarily.The second section will focus on how ideas of Woolf are received in newmedia and on new platforms such as the world wide web, fashion, andsocial media, and how Woolf lives in the works of contemporary artistsand cultural creatives. Given the importance of academics in mediatingthis reception, the final chapters will also bring new critical perspectiveson Woolf.
We the editors are excited to invite contributions for chapters that fallinto either of the following sections:
Elisa Bolchi, Universit degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy)
Maria Rita Drumond Viana, Universidade de Federal deSanta Catarina (Brazil)
Hala Kamal, Cairo University (Egypt)
Monica Latham, Université de Lorraine, Nancy (France)
Sayaka Okumura, Kobe University (Japan)
Mine Özyurt Kılı, Social Sciences University of Ankara(Turkey)
Helen Southworth, University of Oregon (USA)
1. Production: Editing, Translating, Publishing
This first section of World Wide Woolf will include chapters covering allsteps of cultural mediation put in place by literary agents, editors,translators, publishers and booksellers to ‘produce’ and ‘market’ Woolfaround the world. This section will be mainly concerned with bookhistory, publishing history, translation studies, censorship, sociology ofliterature, and archival studies.
The two main subsections of this section will be:
A. Woolf’s many languages: editing and translating
B. Publishing Woolf around the world: past and present challenges
2. Reception: New Media and New Critical Perspectives
This second section of World Wide Woolf will focus on the reception ofWoolf in new media (Websites, Fashion, Social Media…); on Woolf stillliving today in contemporary literature, art, dance and music, in short onWoolf’s literary and artistic legacy; and it will end with a section on newcritical perspectives both applied to Woolf or in which Woolf is usedinterdisciplinarily to discuss other subjects. Among the many subjectareas touched on in this section are ecocriticism, digital humanities,feminism and neo-feminism, sociology of literature, interdisciplinarity,transnationalism and gender studies.
The three main subsections of this section will be:
A. Multimedia Woolf / DH Woolf: the Web and Other Media
B. Thinking through Woolf: Legacy and contemporary influences
C. New Woolf, New Critical Perspectives (Woolf’s oeuvre interpretedwith new critical concepts).
Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 1,500-word chapterproposa by the 1st of December 2021
In their final versions, chapters should have a 7,000-word count.
Accepted proposals should be turned into full chapters to be sent by the 1st of July 2022 for peer review, which will be conducted on a double-blind process by external readers. The full process, including revisionsby the authors when required, should lead to the final acceptance byJanuary 2023 for the expected publication in late 2023.
The volume prospectus has been preliminarily accepted in the Edinburgh Companion to Literature and the Humanities series, with the provisiona title: The Edinburgh Companion to World Wide Woolf
For this reason allchapter submissions should be in English and appropriate for an academic readership.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like toknow more about the project. We encourage proposals from emergingscholars as much as well-established ones and are especially interestedin research conducted in the Global South, in non-Anglophone contexts,and by artists, editors, and publishers in independent presses.
All queries and chapter proposals can be sent to:
(posted 21 June 2021)