Contemporary British fiction engages considerably with examinations of chaos and fear to express prevalent concerns over violence, guilt, memory and history after the Second World War. With an emphasis on traumatic experiences and calamitous anxieties, Contemporary British fiction has lured literary scholars to contemplate on the global imposition of chaos and fear and their concomitant potentialities to abuse the rhetoric of newness: new ethnicities, new identities, new historical views, new ways of resistance, new forms of self-deception and repentance, and new strategies of self-configuration. These issues have been spasmodically tackled and identified, but they still cannot be embraced as the scene of something critically resonating and compelling. In light of this, we invite submissions that explore or investigate, but are not limited to, the following questions:
¡ª How are chaos and fear fictionalized or conceptualized in Contemporary British fiction?
¡ª How do chaos and fear affect our understanding of ourselves and our world?
¡ª As the postmodern obsessions with fragmentation and dissolution of meaning begin to wane in the global cultural scenario, how can we duly configure the current literary constructions of chaos and fear?
¡ª How can we adequately comprehend the aesthetic and ethical implications of chaos and fear in Contemporary British fiction?
¡ª To what extent can our investigation of chaos and fear in Contemporary British fiction contribute to the uses or abuses of the rhetoric of newness?
¡ª Which critical and theoretical approaches can help conceptualize chaos and fear as literary tropes?
Any other topic dealing with Contemporary British fiction is also welcome.
Dr. Yu-Cheng Lee ÀîÓÐ³É
Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
Dr. Ching Chih Wang Íõ¾°ÖÇ
Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics, National Taipei University
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