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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is inviting submissions for its
forthcoming issues. We encourage contributions from both Taiwan and
international communities addressing our special topics; articles on
other aspects of literature and culture are also welcome. If your
manuscript is intended as a special topic submission, please so indicate.
All correspondence should be addressed to Editor, Concentric: Literary
and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal
University, 162 Hoping East Road, Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan. [e-mail:

Forthcoming Special Topics

Vol. 34 No. 1: “Water” (March 2008)

Guest Editors:

Scott Slovic
University of Nevada, Reno

Serenella Iovino
University of Turin, Italy

Shin Yamashiro
University of the Ryukyus, Japan

Deadline for Submissions: October 20, 2007

Water is necessary for life; likewise, the motif of water has nourished
countless works of literature. The properties of water make it an
excellent literary device: Water ebbs and flows, enabling an endless
circulation. It can carry a vessel, or take the shape of any vessel that
holds it. It occurs in various forms—vapor, rain, snow, ice—and differing
intensities, from the gentle drizzle, the thunder storm to the
devastating tsunami. Water has the power to give life and take it away:
it quenches people’s thirst and nourishes crops, yet it also floods
fields and farms and homes. It is baptism and balm from Heaven; water is
also the form divine retribution took to wipe Noah’s contemporaries from
the earth. As a major literary motif, water brings succor to T. S.
Eliot’s The Waste Land, serves as a testing ground in Melville’s Moby-
Dick, and opens a path to spiritual healing in Twain’s The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn. Kate Chopin and Virginia Woolf both use water as symbol
of rebirth and a pathway to creativity—but also as the site of a deadly
finale, both for Chopin’s protagonist in The Awakening and for Woolf
herself. In recent decades, water has emerged as an important metaphor
for theoretical discourses, including those of diaspora, migrations,
globalization, and eco- criticism. As water is shapeless and yet able to
take any shape, possibilities for investigations into the literary and
cultural uses of water are fluid and multiple. The editors welcome
explorations of the topic from a broad range of viewpoints, but other
topics are also welcome.

Vol. 34 No. 2: Asia and the Other
a special issue in conjunction with the
international conference on “Asia and the Other”

Date of Publication: September 2008
Deadline for Submissions: April 25, 2008

The year 1984 witnessed the taking place of a pioneering conference
entitled “Europe and Its Others.” With the publication of Edward W.
Said’s Orientalism only a few years apart, the conference organized by
the University of Essex engaged in discussions heralded in Said’s
monumental work and presented some of the most groundbreaking writings in
the then emerging field of “postcolonial theory,” with the
participation of numerous thought-provoking scholars, Said himself
included. Now, two decades later, Concentric: Literary and Cultural
Studies invites proposals for a special issue on “Asia and the Other,”
in conjunction with the international conference on the same topic,
organized by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal
University, to solicit input on Asia’s positioning in light of the
question of the other.

Presenting a similar-sounding theme with slight revision to the Essex
conference, we would like to examine whether or not the idiom of the
self/other demarcation is still relevant in the context of Asia. If yes,
relevant in what ways? Is the present-day Asia still imagined in the same
fashion as the Orient once was? Does the rising economic force of Asia
grant Asian countries the “Occidentalist” optics through which they
represent their others as Orientalists did them? Without fixed conceptual
presumptions, “Asia and the Other” is interested not only in Asia’s
relations with “its” others, but also in Asia’s relations with “the
Other/other” as an ethical, political, epistemo- logical, or ontological
problematic. “Asia and the Other” seeks to revisit issues taken up by
earlier postcolonialist theorists with a different geo- political focus;
reexamine and update theoretical apparatuses often adopted in the
discussions of the self/other issue, employing the realities of Asia,
past and present, as examples; and stimulate conversations regarding the
tensions or mutual productivity in cross-cultural, cross-national

We welcome proposals from various disciplines, including (but not limited
to) anthropology, art history and theory, cultural studies, film and
media studies, gender studies, geography, history, linguistics, literary
studies, performance studies, philosophy, political science, religion
studies, and sociology. We are particularly interested in submissions
that not only provide historically-grounded reflections, but also boldly
reassess predominant theoretical concerns in their specific fields.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines


1. Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Please send the
manuscript, an abstract, a list of keywords, and a vita as Word-
attachments to Alternatively, please
mail us two hard copies and an IBM-compatible diskette copy. Concentric
will acknowledge receipt of the submission but will not return it after

2. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes in
single space, manuscripts must be double-spaced, typeset in 12-point
Times New Roman.

3. To facilitate the Journal’s anonymous refereeing process, there must
be no indication of personal identity or institutional affiliation in the
manuscript proper. The name and institution of the author should appear
on a separate title page or in the vita. The author may cite his/her
previous works, but only in the third person.

4. The Journal will not consider for publication manuscripts being
simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

5. If the paper has been published or submitted elsewhere in a language
other than English, please make available two copies of the non-English
version. Concentric may not consider submissions already available in
other languages.

6. One copy of the Journal and fifteen off-prints of the article will be
provided to the author(s) on publication.

7. It is the Journal’s policy to require assignment of copyrights form
by all authors.

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