CFP: [20th] Carver and Feminism

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Call for Papers: Carver and Feminism
The Raymond Carver Review (journal, deadline 02/01/2008)

The Raymond Carver Review, a peer-reviewed, electronic annual, hosted by
Kent State University and published in cooperation with The International
Raymond Carver Society, is currently accepting submissions for Issue 2,
which is devoted to Carver and Feminism. The special issue will be guest
edited by Claire Fabre-Clark of the University of Paris XII and Libe
García Zarranz of the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

Raymond Carver (1938-1988), one of America’s icons of the short story has
been systematically approached as a minimalist, a dirty realist, an
essentialist, a humanist, etc. And still, was Carver a proto-feminist
writer? Does his work reflect a feminist agenda? In the last years, a
number of articles have explored the role of women in Carver’s work
(Nesset, 1991; Gentry, 1993; Demory, 1999; Kleppe, 2006). Nevertheless,
there exists a critical gap regarding the analysis of Carver’s work from
a feminist lens. It would be interesting, for example, to study women’s
voices and their specificity in Carver’s short stories. The papers could
examine the different narrative strategies used to stage out these voices
and how this is related to the general topic of the representation of
women, male and female stereotypes or their subversion. Therefore, we
invite submissions addressing any aspect of Carver’s fiction, poetry and
non-fiction in relation to feminist ideology and thought.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Feminist Readings of Carver’s Fiction and Poetry
The Influence of Women Writers in Carver’s Writing
Female Resisting Voices in Carver
The New Woman
The Female Body
Monstrous Women
Discourses on Female Beauty
Fashion and Consumerism
Representations of Motherhood
Sexual and Power Politics
Subversive Female Desire
Engendering Carver
Gender Performativity
The Construction of Femininity
Transgressive Models of Womanhood
The Representation of Domesticity
Carver and the Grotesque
Female Transformations
Women and Work
Queering Carver

Essays should be approximately 5,000 words and must adhere to the latest
MLA Style Manual. A brief abstract (100 words) should accompany each
submission. Electronic submissions via email (as attached Word files) are
required (identify “Submission” on the subject line). Because manuscripts
submitted to The Raymond Carver Review will be blind judged, the author’s
name should not appear on either the manuscript or the abstract. Please
provide a separate cover page that includes your name, affiliation, rank,
mailing address, e-mail and telephone number. Authors will need to
provide final edited copies in electronic form (Microsoft Word). Please
contact the editor(s) with questions (identify “Question” on the subject

Send Submissions to:

Claire Fabre-Clark
University of Paris XII, France

Libe García Zarranz
University of Zaragoza, Spain

For further information and submission guidelines please visit the
website for The Raymond Carver Review at

The International Raymond Carver Society

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