What now is an I? This double issue will be an investigation into the evolving and highly contested literary, philosophical, and scientific forms that interrogate the ontological, political, and imagined subject. Writers and scholars in the humanities must now consider what science is uncovering about the self; indeed, given recent research being performed in ecology, biology, biotechnology, psychology, and cognitive theory, we must reimagine the first person in ways poststructuralist theory never dreamed of. In addition, ideas of subjectivity are evolving in what some have called our “transnational” moment. In these special issues we are interested in exploring how forms are being invented to house evolving concepts of selfhood. Our contention is that all historical and contemporary forms are created in response to changing ideas of what constitutes the human subject. But it is equally true that our ideas of subjectivity evolve with evolving literary, scientific, and cultural forms. Our goal is to render a more complete portrait of this dynamic. Please submit works that explore new ways of thinking about subjectivity and the myriad ways that disciplines are engaging this topic.
Please send double-spaced, 12-point font contributions adhering to the Chicago-style endnote citation format in hard copy and on CD-ROM to the address below:
Special Issue Editors, “The Shape of the I”
English Language Notes
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0226
Specific inquiries regarding ELN issues 49.2 & 50.1 may be addressed to the issue editors, Julie Carr (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John-Michael Rivera (email@example.com). The deadline for submissions for the first issue is March 1, 2011.
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