Transnational Literatures, Gender and State Power
Call for Papers
Editors, Joan Conwell and Gema Ortega
Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2012
Increasing interest in the conceptualization of “Transnational Literatures” calls for a re-appraisal of the role of gender in contesting official discourses of nation and power. As early as 1938, Virginia Woolf claimed that, “in fact, as a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”1 In “Towards a New Consciousness,” Gloria Anzaldúa describes the dialogic nature of living across Borderlands, “Because I, a mestiza,/ continually walk out of one culture/ and into another,/ because I am in all cultures at the same time,/ alma entre dos mundos, tres, cuatro,/ me zumba la cabeza con lo contradictorio./ Estoy norteada por todas las voces que me hablan/ Simultáneamente.”2
In the spirit of this tradition, we seek contributions in the form of scholarly and/or creative work to the field of “Transnational Feminism” to include in a collection of essays entitled, “Transnational Literatures, Gender and State Power.” This collection investigates the ways in which transnational literatures and gender intersect to challenge the power of official narratives and/or state discourses, including those discourses that limit the mobility of subjects across cultural, national, historical, political, racial, religious, theoretical or any kind of boundary.
We invite chapter-length discussions or creative explorations, including black and white photography and visual art, on a variety of aspects without limitations to geographical lines, theoretical approaches, or genres. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following headings:
* Transnational Discourses and Feminist Perspectives
* Feminist Transnationality and Global Uprising
(From Tunisia and Egypt to Occupy Wall Street)
* National and Transnational Discourses of Masculinity
* Activism, (Auto)- Ethnography and Transnational Narratives
* Post-racial Aesthetics and the Transgression of Borders
* Translation, Resistance, and Gender
* Migration and the Commodification of the Transnational
* State Repression of Gendered Texts
Deadline: May 15, 2012
Please send a 250-500 word abstract or short excerpt of creative work to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work under consideration must be previously unpublished.
Include with your submission: your name and affiliation, an email address where you can be reached after May 15, and a very brief bio.
Gema Ortega and Joan Conwell
Saint Xavier University
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