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Call for Papers for ELN 48.1 "Genre and Affect" (10/1/09)
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English Language Notes
This special issue of English Language Notes will explore the ways in which particular genres are associated with particular affective states. It is especially concerned with popular genres that specialize in the representation and solicitation of excessive affect, including melodrama, sentimentalism, the Gothic, horror, and suspense. Historically, critics have disparaged such popular genres for their vulgarity and aesthetic crudeness, and warned against their perceived tendency to dangerously overstimulate and otherwise corrupt their consumers. This special issue will be concerned with the critical reception of popular genres in different periods and amongst different social and national groups. But it will also work to take popular genres seriously in their attempts to arouse strong affective response, and ask, by what strategies (narrative, rhetorical, visual, and so forth) do they accomplish that? And why is the evocation of strong, even violent emotion desirable for the consumer if not the critic of popular genres?
Essays are invited on a genre in general (e.g., the thriller) as well as historically specific
— the solicitation of excessive affect from, and across, the body of the consumer, as when horror film spectators are paralyzed with terror, or readers of sentimental novels are convulsed by sobs
Submissions should be no longer than twenty manuscript pages, and we invite shorter notes (individually and in clusters), as well as illustrations and topical book reviews. Please send double-spaced, 12-point font contributions adhering to the Chicago-Style endnote citation format in hard copy and on CD-ROM to the address below:
Special Issue Editor, “Genre and Affect”
Specific inquiries regarding ELN 48.1 may be addressed to the issue editor, Kelly Hurley at email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2009.