Aporetic Press is committed to publishing works that do not fall comfortably into accepted categories and established genres.
We are particularly interested in subjects which are not in vogue but nonetheless represent cutting edge thought, dynamic scholarship (including para-academic work) and unconventional creativity. We are willing to publish on the neglected and the niche providing the work is creative and original in approach.
The editors of the Yearbook of Langland Studies invite submissions to a cluster on personification for YLS 33 (2019). In keeping with the journal’s broad interpretation of the scope of Langland Studies, we invite notes and essays which approach the topic from any angle, and which investigate either Piers Plowman itself or texts that are in some way relevant to or contiguous with its tradition. Submissions are due to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2018. Please contact the journal with any questions.
Judith Butler’s Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015) might best be illustrated as a treatise on the political, social, and ethical stakes—drawing from moral philosophy’s elementary question ‘how best to live?’—of the conditions of livable life. Butler writes, “it may be that the question of how to live a good life depends upon having the power to lead a life as well as the sense of having a life, or indeed, the sense of being alive” (212). In a similar vein, evoking Achille Mbembe’s deployment of the necropolitical, the chasms between rich and poor, human and non-human, citizen and non-citizen, the sovereign, “define[s] who matters and who does not, who is disposable and who is not” (27).
Humors. Passions. Sentiments. Sensibilities. Feelings. Emotions. Affect. Are they natural, learned, culturally scripted? Are they embodied, biochemical, contagious? Are they personal, interpersonal, social? Are they rational or impulsive? Are they good or dangerous? Can they be controlled? How are they framed similarly or differently in relation to identity categories (e.g. gender, age, race, class, nation)? How do textual forms function to generate them for readers?
Update: I am seeking one article and one book review to complete a forthcoming special issue of Papers on Language and Literature.
The emphasis for the issue will be on examining self-reflexive (even self-theorizing) texts which may be considered "world literature", as described below:
CFP: 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Session Title: “Medieval History and Marxist Thought”
Session Organizer: Luke Fidler (Department of Art History, University of Chicago)
In Moby-Dick, Ahab, the monomaniacal captain of the Pequod, famously iterates the following lines: “Hark ye yet again,—the little lower layer. All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event—in the living act, the undoubted deed—there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask!” In this instance, Ahab might be seen as possessed by what John Dewey called philosophy’s endless “quest for certainty.” Thus, Ahab’s monomaniacal discourse can be said to turn on the appearance/reality distinction—a dichotomy germane to Western metaphysics since Plato.
Please consider submitting a proposal for the following edited collection. Feel free to share widely (with apologies for cross-posting).
This edited collection, currently under consideration, will serve as a research and methods guide for practitioners interested in conducting large-scale data-driven examinations of student writing.
Abstracts for papers are requsted for the panel "Global Wars, Local Traumas" at the 49th NeMLA Annual Convention (April 12-15, 2018) Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Panel Title: Global Wars, Local Traumas