Activism and Literature of the World Wars
This special section seeks papers that examine activist anti-war literature and propaganda produced in the United States and/or Great Britain during and between the World Wars. More specifically, texts that foreground the fragility of the human mind and body in combat, and that make these the sites of anti-war rhetoric or art are especially welcome. Papers may consider anti-war activism in the forms of poetry, memoir, novel, pamphlet, and visual texts such as posters and films. Some topics to consider include the ways in which mental and physical suffering as a result of war are presented as anti-war arguments, how that suffering is rendered aesthetically, the effectiveness of anti-war messages across various genres, and the distinction between literary art and propaganda. Papers that directly address the phenomenon of World War I shell shock may be considered for publication in Trans-Atlantic Shell Shock: British and American Literatures of World War I Trauma, a peer-reviewed collection under contract with the University of North Georgia Press.
Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief CV or academic biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th, 2017.