Journal of American Literature CFP: Pedagogy: Critical Practices for a Changing World
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As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, the editors of this special issue of American Literature turn our attention to pedagogy, asking both how our scholarly
engagement with American literature has produced a distinct set of pedagogical practices and how our pedagogical practices raise new questions about the relevance and role of American literature. How has US participation in a transnational field reanimated and recalibrated our understanding of pedagogies of domination and oppression? What kinds of counterhegemonies and subaltern literacies emerge in our contemporary pedagogy? And most centrally for American Literature, how have shifts in our understanding of the historical object, American Literature, altered pedagogy or been altered by our collective pedagogical practice? As teachers, what critical practices can we employ and what objects and histories can we now teach—or allow to teach us—about the urgent literacies of our time?
With this special issue we offer an opportunity to consider pedagogy as increasingly the site where political and economic pressures are grappled with and addressed, including the widening gap between the sophistication of scholarship and critical practice in the field of American literature and the current direction of institutional politics and practices. We thus ask contributors to consider how critical practices that define our work as scholars and educators must adjust to, revise, intervene in, and be repurposed for a world where for-profit online companies, state and federal mandates for measurable learning outcomes, and budget constraints are driving educational practices toward instrumentality and commodification. To this end, we seek
essays that rearticulate the value of our work by reconsidering pedagogy in relation to the field of American Literature broadly construed.
Submissions of 11,000 words or less (including endnotes and references) should be submitted electronically at www.editorialmanager.com/al/default.asp by August 30, 2013. When choosing a submission type,select “New Submission-Special Issue.” For assistance with the submission
process, please contact the office of American Literature at 919–684–3396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions please contact any or all of the coeditors: Carol Batker (email@example.com); Gillian Harkins (firstname.lastname@example.org
.edu); Augusta Rohrbach (email@example.com); Alys Weinbaum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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