Special Issue of JNT on New Narrative

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw / Journal of Narrative Theory
contact email: 

Current Special Issue CFP: "New Narrative "

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory invites submissions for a special issue on New Narrative, the literary/activist movement that emerged during the late 1970s and 1980s with a group of San Francisco Bay Area writers who asserted the critical and imaginative values of identity and storytelling for a formally innovative and activist writing. Elaborating a range of practices negotiating writerly pleasure, self-fashioning, social engagement, and reflexive accountability, New Narrative writers aimed to straddle the distance between Language poetry (with its emphasis on the materiality of signification) and Movement Writing (with its emphasis on the centrality of identity), while maintaining close ties to both in its emphasis on construction and expression, artifice and selfhood. At the same time, New Narrative was close to Queer performance art as it mobilized an impure aesthetic, incorporating high and low culture, probing the collective fictions of the person and personality, while also foregrounding popular culture as a scene of social practice and politics.

We are seeking essays that explore New Narrative from a wide variety of perspectives, fields, and archives. Articles might address New Narrative as a historical project or as one that is ongoing, insofar as its name and practices continue to be taken up by contemporary writers. Possible topics might include: New Narrative’s relationship to visual art; New Narrative in the context of particular writers, literary schools or marginal communities. Also: class, Marxism, sex and sexual politics, community, ethics, race, queer performance, AIDS, autobiography, the Left/Write and Out/Write conferences, among many other topics.

Submissions should be between 25-35 pages (no less than 6250 words), double-spaced with one-inch margins, and in MLA Style (latest edition).

Please send submissions to: Robin Tremblay-McGaw at rtremblaymcgaw@scu.edu and Rob Halpern atrhalpern@emich.edu..  (Address inquiries to the Special Issue Editors as well).

Deadline:  December 1, 2019.