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CFP - Special Journal Issue, "Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation"
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Forum for World Literature Studies
The journal Forum for World Literature Studies will be publishing a special issue devoted to politics and visual literature. Much of it springs from the 2010 Comparative Literature Conference at Purdue University, “Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation,” but we’re also looking for contributions outside of the conference. Our understanding of “political” is broad in scope, relating not only to affairs of state (at home and abroad), but also the praxis of visual narrative and ways it impacts individual identity and community dynamics. Possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Historical representations in graphic novels
Forum for World Literature Studies is co-edited in Wuhan and Shanghai, China, and West Lafayette, Indiana, and it reaches a world-wide readership. As such, we're particularly interested in those contributions that have an international perspective and/or would appeal to a broad audience, regardless of the text's national origin.
Papers should be between 4,000-5,000 words and formatted according to the latest MLA Style Manual. In addition, essays should reflect the Forum's house style, which should consider the following:
• In the body of the text, citations should be parenthetical and without “p.” (Smith 33). But in the Works Cited, you need to include “p.” or “pp.” where appropriate.
The Forum is aimed at a world-wide audience of scholars working in English, many for whom English is not the first language. As such, clarity is important. The journal also prints articles in Chinese and can easily handle Chinese characters.
The deadline for submission is January 5, 2011. Please submit your finished essays to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the special issue should also be directed to the same email address.