UPDATE: [Postcolonial] Special Issue on Andrea Levy - EnterText

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ENTERTEXT: an interdisciplinary humanities e-journal

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Andrea Levy
Extended deadline for submissions: July 1, 2009.

EnterText is an MLA-indexed, online journal dedicated to publishing
critical and creative writing.

For this special issue of EnterText, we invite submissions of 5000 to
8000 words on any aspect of Andrea Levy’s writing. In celebration of the
15th anniversary of Levy’s debut novel, Every Light in the House Burnin'
(1994), this issue considers her contribution to contemporary writing
with a special emphasis on the analysis of postcolonial contexts, themes
and issues. We are particularly interested in essays that offer
innovative close readings of any of her major works, including Never Far
from Nowhere (1996), Fruit of the Lemon (1999) and Small Island (2004).

Relevant topics include (but are not restricted to) the following:
- Levy’s contribution to contemporary writing or postcolonial literature
- thematic and/or stylistic continuities/discontinuities throughout her
work as a whole
- a theoretically-driven, close reading of any one of Levy’s novels
- constructions of British/English identity, particularly in relation to
the Black British, Asian British or Caribbean diasporic experience
- postcolonial and/or feminist perspectives on the intersections of race,
class, ethnicity and gender
- the representation of place/space, such as London (multiculturalism,
class, migrant histories, etc.), Jamaica (insider/outsider, return
migrant perspectives, etc.) or “small islands”
- genealogical approaches to postcolonial history
- generic perspectives, such as Levy’s works in relation to women’s
writing, migrant literature, social comedy, the British working-class
novel, the Bildungsroman, etc.
- the role of authorial/narrative voice(s), multiple and shifting
- questions of literary influence or a comparative analysis of her work
to another author (such as Caryl Phillips, Zadie Smith, Roddy Doyle,
Linton Kwesi Johnson, etc.)
- the role and reception of Levy’s work as part of the mass reading
project (Bristol, Hull, Glasgow and Liverpool) or book club readings
- literary and historical accounts of the Windrush generation

In addition, we would welcome short pieces by creative writers who would
like to discuss her work as a source of inspiration or contribute a text
in honour of Andrea Levy.

Please email submissions to entertext_at_brunel.ac.uk. Articles should
conform to the Chicago style guidelines: see Notes for Contributors at

Please address any queries concerning this special issue to Wendy Knepper
at wknepper_at_wendpath.co.uk.

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