CFP: Remaking Reality: Eroding the Palimpsest (3/1/07; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Lois Wolfe
contact email: 
loiswolfe@terranova.net

FACS Literary Journal

Florida Atlantic University

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Remaking reality: Eroding the Palimpsest

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In the context of modern poetics, Charles Baudelaire seizes upon the =
complexity of palimpsest as critical paradigm not simply for the human =
brain as physical structure, but also for the referential status of =
poetry itself: "What is the human brain, if not an immense and natural =
palimpsest?" he asks. "My brain is a palimpsest, and yours too, reader. =
Innumerable layers of ideas, images, and sentiments fall upon your =
brain, as softly as light. It seems that each [new layer] buries the =
previous one. But no layer has perished." Paradis artificiels =
[Artificial Paradises]

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Baudelaire draws the metaphor of palimpsest from specific material =
conditions present in the ancient and medieval worlds in which valuable =
parchments were often scraped down to enable new text to be written over =
the old. This overlaying technique of palimpsest masked the original =
texts but never truly effaced them, and modern technology is now capable =
of exposing these earlier layers of text. Similarly, contemporary =
theory, academic discourses, and new media forms find themselves =
imposing modern directions over earlier ones, overwriting the =
"original." Past models appear effaced while simultaneously serving as =
the foundation for innovative thought.=20

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The editors of the interdisciplinary journal Florida Atlantic =
Comparative Studies invite submissions on any aspect of this topic for =
its Volume #10. The deadline is March 1, 2007. FACS is an =
interdisciplinary journal providing a forum for comparative study in the =
arts, humanities, language, culture and social sciences. Submissions in =
English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish are welcome. Graphic =
submissions are also welcome.

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Possible topics on the exploration of notions of palimpsest include, but =
are not limited to, the following:

  a.. Electronic communication
  b.. Memory and disease
  c.. Ecology=20
  d.. Identity (gender, race, religion, class)
  e.. History
  f.. Revisiting genres
  g.. Media art
  h.. Critical theory
  i.. Displacing colonial agency
  j.. Transglobal economy
  k.. Translation studies

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Papers should be no more than 25 pages or approximately 7,000 words, and =
should follow the most recent MLA guidelines. A separate title page =
should include the author's name and address. The author's name should =
not appear on the manuscript pages to allow for blind review.=20

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Send two hard copies and a CD of the manuscript to:

FACS Editor

Department of Languages and Linguistics

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road

P.O. Box 3091

Boca Raton, FL 33341-0991

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E-mail submissions should be sent to facs_at_fau.edu. All electronic =
versions should be submitted in Microsoft Word.

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