DEADLINE EXTENDED: The new deadline for these two calls for papers is October 30th, 2013.
Submissions of 11,000 words or less (including endnotes and references) should be submitted electronically at www.editorialmanager.com/al/default.asp by October 30, 2013. When choosing a submission type, select “New Submission-Special Issue.” For assistance with the submission process, please contact the office of American Literature at 919–684–3396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the issues:
Our aim in this special issue is to collect scholarship that is “after the postsecular” in at least two senses. First, we solicit work that follows the postsecular move all the way to its logical ends, work that dislodges the premise that the unfolding of modernity is synonymous with secularization and with the divisions and disenchantments understood to follow from it. This release from the codings of secularist presumption—codings of belief, of politics and political engagement, and not least of the body itself—can have, we believe, the salutary effect of making available fresh lines of inquiry into some of the most contentious, consequential aspects of American life, many of which encompass but also expand considerably beyond the purview of the history of religion: race and Atlantic slavery; gender and sentimental culture; emerging technologies of representation; indigeneity and sovereignty; sex and intimate life; and the politics of canonicity itself. Second, we invite submissions that are “after the postsecular” in the sense of seeking to move beyond such a paradigm. How might the postsecular paradigm be inadequate both in general and in particular so far as the American case is concerned? How do we grapple with supple redefinitions of secularism itself, in the work of scholars like Charles Taylor, Talal Asad, and John Modern? What better terms and approaches can we adopt in order to understand better what our objects of study are doing?
Special issue editors: Peter Coviello and Jared Hickman. Submissions of 11,000 words or less (including endnotes and references) should be submitted electronically at www.editorialmanager.com/al/default.asp by October 30, 2013. When choosing a submission type, select New SubmissionSpecial Issue.” For assistance with the submission process, please contact the office of American Literature at 919–684–3396 or email@example.com. Please direct other questions to Peter Coviello (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jared Hickman ( email@example.com).
With this special issue we offer an opportunity to consider pedagogy as increasingly the site where political and economic pressures are grappled with and addressed, including the widening gap between the sophistication of scholarship and critical practice in the field of American literature and the current direction of institutional politics and practices. We thus ask contributors to consider how critical practices that define our work as scholars and educators must adjust to, revise, intervene in, and be repurposed for a world where for-profit online companies, state and federal mandates for measurable learning outcomes, and budget constraints are driving educational practices toward instrumentality and commodification. To this end, we seek essays that rearticulate the value of our work by reconsidering pedagogy in relation to the field of American Literature broadly construed.
Rather than focusing on a particular teaching strategy or text, we seek essays that approach the topic from larger philosophical perspectives. We also seek essays that chart the influence of current critical practices on the field of American Literature. How does teaching American literature in prisons across the country, for example, address issues of canon in relation to long and broad histories of genocide and incarceration, or how have bilingual teaching practices in Latina/o, American Indian, or immigrant communities shifted the terrain and political engagement of American literary study? Why teach literary texts and why teach literary texts that purport to be nation based? In addition, essays addressing the effect of cross-sectoral pedagogy on the discipline might look at how American literature moves beyond the academy into alternative learning spaces, through service learning, online education, or crossover training for graduate students. This issue also asks how the robust efforts of our field in transnational, multicultural, gender/sexualities, and race-based theories have led to the rearticulation of a richer pedagogy/critical practice as well as a more expansive understanding of “American literature” historically, materially, and in the context of globalization.
Submissions of 11,000 words or less (including endnotes and references) should be submitted electronically at www.editorialmanager.com/al/default.asp by October 30, 2013. When choosing a submission type, select “New Submission-Special Issue.” For assistance with the submission process, please contact the office of American Literature at 919–684–3396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions please contact any or all of the coeditors: Carol Batker (email@example.com); Gillian Harkins (firstname.lastname@example.org); Augusta Rohrbach (email@example.com); Alys Weinbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About American Literature:
American Literature has been regarded since its inception as the preeminent periodical in its field. Each issue contains articles covering the works of several American authors—from colonial to contemporary—as well as an extensive book review section; a “Brief Mention” section offering citations of new editions and reprints, collections, anthologies, and other professional books; and an “Announcements” section that keeps readers up-to-date on prizes, competitions, conferences, grants, and publishing opportunities.
For more information and submission guidelines, please visit: http://www.dukeupress.edu/American-Literature/?viewby=journal#submissions