CFP: Susan Sontag and American Letters (6/1/07; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Annalisa Zox-Weaver
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Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is seeking submissions for a special issue on Susan Sontag. With the
recent publication of At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches, it is clear that we have not heard the last of Susan
Sontag. In September 2006 excerpts from Sontag’s journals constituted a cover story in The New York Times Sunday
Magazine. These journalsâ€"with a projected publication in 2008â€"promise to reveal to readers the more private self of a
very public thinker. Last October the Brooklyn Museum put up an exhibition based upon Annie Leibovitz’s A
Photographer's Life 1990-2005, in which Sontag figures prominently. In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art organized
an exhibit to pay tribute to her role in deepening our understanding of photography.

It is clear that Sontag’s polymathic intelligence leaves her difficult to categorize. Her ability to touch nerves, capture the
zeitgeist, or introduce new avenues of thought puts her in a unique category. Her many collections of essays present a
who’s who of European writers and filmmakers, gathering together meditations upon those for whom she held deep
affection and those work compelled deep and pointed ethical consideration; her political critiques could be blunt and
even strident, but she was never afraid to revise an opinion or elaborate upon an earlier one. So how do we begin to
position Sontag in the constellation of twentieth century writers and critics? How can we begin to craft her literary
memory? What enduring insights does her work afford? This issue seeks to offer a many-sided portrait of the Sontag’s
contribution to American letters.

Some of the topics articles might explore are:
Sontag as midwife to other writers
Sontag as traveler or as tourist
Sontag on filmmakers/Sontag as filmmaker
Sontag and liberalism/Sontag and conservatism
Sontag revising Sontag
The autobiographical in Sontag
Sontag as feminist
Sontag and the patriarchal
Sontag as a creative collaborator
Sontag across mediaâ€"theatre, opera, cinema
Sontag as reader
Sontag from aesthetics to ethics
Sontag on beauty and form
The visual and the verbal in Sontag
Sontag and cultural hierarchy
Sontag as public intellectual
Sontag and the political: activism, terrorism, the utopian and the apocalyptic; on war and peace
Historicizing Sontag; Sontag’s place in history
Sontag and America
Sontag and the body, disease

Women's Studies publishes 8 issues a year, providing a forum for the presentation of scholarship and criticism about
women in the fields of literature, history, art, sociology, law, political science, economics, anthropology and the sciences.
It also publishes poetry, film and book reviews. We encourage men and women from all disciplines to submit 

articles based in film, television, literature, art, or other media. 

For additional submission information, visit our website: 

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been
submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, one-sided, and
formatted according to MLA guidelines. Essays should be approximately 25 pages in length. Authors should also supply
a shortened version of the title for a running head, not

exceeding 50 character spaces, an abstract of approximately 100 words, 

the author's affiliation and location. Each submitted article must contain author's mailing address, telephone number, e-
mail, and a stamped self-addressed envelope. 

To be included in the first round of reviews for our upcoming issue, submissions must be received by June 1, 2007.
Send a cover letter, 

three copies of the manuscript, and a copy on disk to:
Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 

Attn: Annalisa Zox-Weaver
Claremont Graduate University
Department of English
Blaisdell House
143 East Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711

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