With the 21st Century well under way and the forces of nationalism, isolationism, wealth inequality and global war louder and stronger than ever, the humanities have perhaps never been more relevant. The Watchung Review seeks scholarly articles, pedagogical reflections and strategies, creative work and alternative scholarship that explores the roles, identities, purposes and challenges of contemporary humanities. What do we mean by the humanities? How do the humanities fit into current forms of globalization? How can we best teach the humanities in contemporary composition and literature classrooms? We seek textual analyses, rhetorical analyses, broad readings of media and culture, pedagogic strategies and creative work that address these questions.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
Where are the humanities today? What does it mean to be a practicing humanist?
Humanities in an age of austerity How can we teach across the humanities?
Contemporary humanities and current events Teaching the humanities in an inhumane age
STEM into STEAM Biography/memoir as living humanities
Humanities and Social Anxieties Humanities in the composition classroom
Globalization and the humanities Humanities and innovation
Artistic renderings of the humanities Humanities study and professional studies
Transdisciplinary perspectives Technology and the humanities
Literary/cultural contexts Humanities Institutes and Centers
Contemporary humanities in the literature classroom Politics and the humanities
Watchung Review is currently soliciting book reviews of the following works:
Tsitsi Dangarembga, This Mournable Body: A Novel
Michelle Obama, Becoming
Giorgio Van Straten, trans. by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre, In Search of Lost Books: The Forgotten Stories of Eight Mythical Volumes
Milton Cohen, The Pull of Politics: Steinbeck, Wright, Hemingway, and the Left in the Late 1930s
Terrance Hayes, To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight
Zoe Wicomb, Race, Nation, Translation: South African Essays, 1990–2013
Katya Apekina, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
Katharine Kilalea, OK, Mr. Field
Wayétu Moore, She Would Be King
Donal Shambroom, Duchamp's Last Day
Anthony Appiah, The Lies that Bind
Zachary Leader, The Life of Saul Bellow Vol 2
Andy Oler, Pieces of the Heartland: Representing Early-Twentieth-Century Midwestern Places
Rachel Feder, Harvester of Hearts: Motherhood under the Sign of Frankenstein
Creative submissions of high-quality prose and poetry that imaginatively address the theme will also be accepted. Submissions cannot be previously published.
Scholarly articles should be between 3000-6000 words, include an abstract of 300 words, and should use the current MLA style formatting (8th ed.). Please use endnotes not footnotes.
Book Reviews should not exceed 2500 words and use the current MLA style formatting (8th ed.).
Poems should not exceed five pages. We will consider up to three poems at a time.
Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction should be between 2500-5000 words.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, rtf, txt, html
Deadline: 31st December 2018
Please send inquiries and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Watchung Review is supported by the New Jersey College English Association