SYMPLOKE invites papers for a special issue entitled "Discouragement." -In an interview held after the fatwa on his life had been finally lifted, Salman Rushdie made the surprising remark that in its own way the fatwa had been a good thing because it showed that books could still matter enough for people to get shot for writing them. His comment cuts to the heart of a problem most intellectuals face today: the discouraging feeling that no matter how important or interesting their message may be, it will not galvanize change. How do intellectuals confront the present times? How do they make themselves heard? How do they make their words matter? We are looking for papers that analyze the present situation of the intellectual, a situation that is discouraging precisely because of its want of good sense. Send submissions to either Jeffrey R. Di Leo (contact information provided below), or Ian Buchanan (Ian.Buchanan@cdu.edu.au), Charles Darwin University, School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Darwin, NT 0909. Submission guidelines: www.symploke.org. Submission deadline: 1 July 2005.
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