Time, Memory, Oblivion
The academic journal Meridian critic (The Annals of Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Literature Series) invites contributions for the two 2011 issues dedicated to the topic of Time, Memory, Oblivion.
The beginning of the 20th century was remarkable in its progressive delineation of temporality in arts and literature: time and memory represented the starting point not only for the exploration of subjectivity (time narratives and the French nouveau roman) but also for the configuration of a series of narrative techniques with the aim of giving even more emphasis to the temporal imprint. During the latter half of the 20th century this tendency to make the temporal dimension objective once mirrored in the literary text implied a more profound philosophical investigation of consciousness and self-consciousness relative to time manifestations. The mnemonic component of the text proved to be a favoured topic in modern philosophy as it appeared to settle on the intersection point of various notional lines: the critical incongruence between author and text (Derrida), the deferral of self-identification throughout the confrontation with one's own text (Levinas) or the transposable identity of author and text (Foucault). All these are meant to contain, by way of various forms of representation, the tendency to redefine the text with regard to human temporality as an identity paradigm.
The present call for papers looks ahead to ingenious descriptions of temporality particular to the literary or philosophical text. Here are several lines of investigation that we expect potential authors to pursue in their articles:
- types of memory (voluntary and involuntary memory, affective memory, imaginative memory, etc.) and the way in which they are reflected in literature;
- types of temporal mimesis in literatures and arts;
- text as mnemonic technique;
- the negative dialectics of temporality: the discourse of oblivion;
- literary staging of temporal discontinuity and of various forms of aphasia;
- time metaphors;
- identity and alterity in relation with time dimension;
- philosophical and scientific intertextuality of temporal discourse;
- constitution of the self through autobiographical writing: paradigms of memory and oblivion;
- cross-medium language in representation of temporality: photography and film compared with literature.
Deadline for submission: February 15, 2010.
Maximum length of paper: 30,000 characters.
We welcome papers in English, French, German, and Romanian.
The articles in English are to follow the Chicago Manual of Style. You can access and search the full text of the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org. Please follow these guidelines when you first submit your article for consideration by the Journal Editors. If accepted, we will send you more detailed instructions for the preparation of your final manuscript.
Please send your papers, accompanied by a 5 -7 line abstract, 5 -7 keywords, and a short bio-note (all in English) to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org