CFP: C21 Literature: journal of 21st-century writings general issue
C21 Literature aims to create a critical, discursive space for the promotion and exploration of 21st century writings in English. It addresses a range of narratives in contemporary culture, from the novel, poem and play to hypertext, digital gaming and contemporary creative writing. The journal features engaged theoretical pieces alongside new unpublished creative works and investigates the challenges that new media present to traditional categorizations of literary writing. For its forthcoming issue, the journal welcomes articles, book reviews, opinion pieces, case studies and conference reports. Articles addressing but not limited to the following themes are invited:
- 21st-century forms, genre and trends;
- The role of literary prizes and festivals;
- New authors;
- Adaptations and innovations;
- Digital writings;
- Creative writings;
- Book Clubs.
Full articles (not abstracts) of between 6000–7000 words should be submitted via the C21 website: http://c21.openlibhums.org/
Any queries should be directed to the Journal Editor, Dr Katy Shaw at email@example.com
Deadline: 1st June 2017
Posted on 16 Jan 2017
CFP Special Issue: The Literature of the Anthropocene
The concept of the Anthropocene, deemed by Bruno Latour “the best alternative we have to usher us out of the notion of modernization”, blurs the distinction between human and geological history (Dipesh Chakrabarty). It speaks, too, to contemporary fiction’s concern with the place of humans on the planet, the ways in which they shape - and are shaped by - the natural and technological environments through which they move, and the broader relation between the early twenty-first century moment and ‘deep’ time.
Although the value of the Anthropocene as an official geological epoch is still being considered by the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the term is already widely in use to denote the era in which human beings have become a major geological force with significant socio-political implications. Indeed, “In the Anthropocene, social, cultural and political orders are woven into and co-evolve with techno-natural orders of specific matter and energy flow metabolism at a global level, requiring new concepts and methods in the humanities” (Clive Hamilton, François Gemenne, Christophe Bonneuil).
Taking up Hamilton, Gemenne, and Bonneuil’s conceptual and methodological invitation, this special issue of C21 asks: how does literature respond to this new geological era? Are there specific forms, genres, and techniques which are more appropriate than others to represent the temporal and spatial enormity of the era? And how is criticism addressing the Anthropocene?
Possible topics for articles include, but are not limited to:
- Representations of the Anthropocene in fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction;
- Anthropogenic apocalyptic narratives, utopias, and dystopias;
- Genre, form, and the Anthropocene;
- Time, temporality, and history in anthropogenic narratives;
- Space and nature in anthropogenic narratives;
- The Anthropocene and literary criticism (e.g. ecocriticism, Marxism, trauma theory);
- Postcolonial literature, diasporas, and the Anthropocene;
- The representation of race, gender, and class in the Anthropocene;
- The Anthropocene and capital;
- Posthumanism, humanism, and the Anthropocene;
- Literature, science studies, and the Anthropocene.
Please send abstracts (500 words max) to Dr Diletta De Cristofaro (firstname.lastname@example.org
) by 31st October 2016. Final articles of 6,000-7,000 words will be due by 28th February 2017.
Posted on 22 Aug 2016