Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines April to June 2022

ELOPE Autumn special issue: “English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries”
Manuscript submission deadline: 15 May 2022

English in Central Europe

With its international prominence in today’s world, English is in contact (to greater or lesser degrees) with most languages and societies around the globe, with the results of that contact varying from location to location, depending on both the linguistic and the socio-cultural factors of the particular local context. This special issue of ELOPE to be published in December 2022 focuses on the presence of English specifically in Central Europe and its interaction with the languages and societies of the region.

Central Europe may be a concept that is difficult to pin down geographically and politically, since it is in some cases defined by historical roots (despite differences in 20th-century social and political developments), while other conceptualisations build specifically on more recent commonalities of experience (in the last 50-100 years). At the same time the concept remains in use precisely because it is a useful one, in that it captures an area with some common socio-cultural traditions that in many ways create a recognizable milieu and a feeling of familiarity. This can extend to the manner in which English is received and welcomed, as a means not only of communication but also of participation in the global culture.

For this special issue of ELOPE on English in Central Europe, we invite research that examines all aspects of English language use in Central European contexts across all fields of linguistic investigation (historical, sociolinguistic, structural, acquisitional, etc.) including, but not limited to, the following areas:
● variation and change in linguistic structures of local language(s) induced by contact with English;
● contact varieties of English developed through contact with local language(s);
● history of English language use in local context(s);
● English in competition with local language(s) across societal domains of use;
● societal reception of the use of English in local context(s);
● English as a lingua franca in Central European context(s);
● acquisition of English and acquired societal bilingualism;
● and many more areas…

Manuscript submission deadline: 15 May 2022.

General submission guidelines:
● The language of contributions is English.
● Manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length, with a short abstract of no more
than 150 words.
● All submitted papers must follow the ELOPE Author Guidelines:
https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/elope/about/submissions
● Manuscripts should be submitted for blind review in digital form using the Faculty of Arts (University of Ljubljana) OJS platform:
https://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/elope/information/authors

Please direct all inquiries to the guest editors of this special issue:
● Monika Kavalir (monika.kavalir@ff.uni-lj.si)
● Mark Richard Lauersdorf (lauersdorf@uky.edu)

Articles published in ELOPE are indexed/reviewed in: Scopus; ERIH PLUS; MLA International Bibliography; OCLC WorldCat; CNKI; DOAJ; Google Scholar; COBISS.si; dLib.si.

(Posted 21 December 2022)


Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies on “Myths, Archetypes and the Literary Arts”
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2022

Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies (ISSN 2791-6553) invites submissions for a special issue of the journal on Myths, Archetypes and the Literary Arts

Ever since humans came into being, stories have been our constant companions. Be it the orally transmitted tales of our early ancestors or the physically enacted, handwritten, printed, and now digitalized modes of storytelling; if there are some things that haven’t changed over the course of human history, one is our enchantment with stories. As cognition grew in humans and led to the birth of civilizations, stray stories assumed the form of myths, often rooted in folklore and religion, and continue to offer meaning, purpose, guidance and solace to peoples from different cultures around the world. Regardless of the temporal, geographical and ethnic diversity in the stories created by humans, recurring tropes and motifs abound and are often summed under the term “archetype”. Drawing from areas such as theology, anthropology, psychology and literature, the concept of archetypes is timeless, universal and has remained ingrained in human consciousness since archaic times. An archetype can be: a recurring trope or motif in mythology, literature or art; a universally present thought, idea or image residing in the collective unconscious of individuals; a Platonic idea referring to pure fundamental forms which every other art form tends to imitate; or a prototype that serves as the original model for objects to copy. Treatises on the subject of archetypes can be traced back to Plato, who described ideas or “eidos” as pure constructs of the human mind that were an inherent part of the soul since before it was born into the world. All worldly things, in Plato’s opinion, are imperfect copies. Twentieth-century analytical psychology studies archetypes as “primordial images” or “archaic remnants,” phrases coined by Carl Jung who in his Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (1968) identifies the collective unconscious of the human mind as the abode of archetypes that are more or less similar in all individuals. Primordial images, Jung believes, are born during the initial stages of human evolution and have been part of the collective unconscious ever since. It is through these images that archetypes are experienced universally and more importantly, that the unconscious reveals itself. Jung contends that the mind of every human contains these inherent unconscious understandings of the human condition and the collective knowledge of humankind in the collective unconscious. The anthropological origins of archetypal criticism date back to Sir James George Frazer’s The Golden Bough (1890-1915), the first influential text dealing with cultural mythologies, wherein Frazer studies and compares primitive and modern religions and brings out the beliefs and practices inherent and common to all religions. Joseph Campbell, the twentieth-century comparative mythologist, lectured in a similar vein in his seminal text The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) and in several volumes on mythologies from across cultures, inspiring popular imagination and expression including George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. 

The massive ontological and epistemological changes since the world wars, the decline of European colonies, the rise of global capitalism, the internet revolution, and more recently the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have forever altered our notions of truth and knowledge, not sparing art and literature in their wake as the very concepts of genre, narrative and meaning are blurred in a world of multiple truths and realities. Notwithstanding the supposed collapse of grand narratives, myths and archetypes abound and stay topical in contemporary experience and expression, lurking both in plain sight and at times in the unlikeliest of places, as in—the monomyth (or the hero quest) narrative in the works of postmodern writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon and Tom Robbins; the Biblical allusions in the discographies of Scandinavian metal bands; the creation myths and cosmogonies modelled on religion in superhero comics and cinema (most recently Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Marvel’s Eternals); and video games inspired from myth and folklore, to name a few instances. 

The special issue of the journal aims to examine how myths and archetypes, originating from our collective unconscious, in turn shape our collective consciousness and with it our collective knowledge, and leave imprints (both advertently and inadvertently) in our creative expression such as literature, theatre, film, graphic novels and comics, music, video games, and more. 

Possible lines of thought may include but are not limited to:

  • Locating myths and archetypes in works considered devoid of them
  • Refuting and/or redefining existing studies on the subject
  • Employing archetypal and myth criticism to explain seemingly unrelated works
  • Understanding contemporary events and popular culture with myths and archetypes
  • Reassessing the relevance of myths and archetypes in life and the literary arts 

Authors are invited to email 4000-8000 word papers (prepared as per MLA guidelines) in an anonymous document along with the paper title, abstract, keywords, author name(s), author affiliation(s) and bio-note in a separate document to araj@hs.iitr.ac.in and essencecritiquejournal@gmail.com with the subject line “[author name(s)] – E&C Special Issue Submission” before May 31st, 2022. The issue will be published in August 2022

Special Issue Editor: Ankit Raj, Department of English, Government College Gharaunda (Karnal) / Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. Email: araj@hs.iitr.ac.in 

Journal Information: Essence & Critique: Journal of Literature and Drama Studies (ISSN 2791-6553), Bingöl University, Turkey http://journalofcritique.com/ 

(Posted 25 January 2022)