Animal Studies and American Indian Literatures

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Dustin Gray and Brian K. Hudson
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We are now accepting submissions for a collection of essays to be potentially published in a special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures focusing on the intersections of Animal Studies and American Indian literatures. The proliferation of scholarly attention in the humanities to animals has been evident in the last decade. In 2009, both the journal of the Modern Language Association (PMLA, March issue) and the Chronicle of Higher Education (October issue) gave considerable space to the study of the relationships between human and nonhuman animals.

Topics on American Indian literatures may include but are not limited to:

•Representing (un)ethical treatment of animals
•Analyzing the intersections of gender and animality
•Recognizing relationships between humans and nonhumans
•Marking animality as an exercise of tribal sovereignty and/or jurisdiction
•Comparing the politics of vulnerability between species
•Examining the figurative language of animality
•Tracing the position of the animal within federal Indian law and policy

Of particular interest would be an approach working closely with Native-authored theory and criticism in dialogue with current Animal Studies theory.
Deadline for abstracts of 250 words or less is May 31st 2010.

Deadline for completed articles is December 15th 2010. The length for completed articles is between 6000-7500 words including all notes and bibliographic information. No previously published or simultaneous submissions, please.

All submissions and inquires should be sent to