"Shaw and the City"
SHAW 32 will be devoted to the theme "Shaw and the City," with Desmond Harding as guest editor. "Shaw and the City" will provide a composite picture of Shaw coming into his several roles as dramatist, critic, and cultural commentator in active exchange with the metropolis as a site of convergent literary traditions and histories, as well as a crossing-point of emerging national, cultural, political, social, and artistic boundaries. Inquiries and manuscript submissions should be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Dr. Desmond Harding, Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859. Deadline: 1 August 2011.
The editor welcomes contributions from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives that speak to Shaw's diverse representations of urban modernity, which may include but are not limited to:
I. Literary and Dramatic London
Literary, political, media, and popular cultures
Libraries, archives, publishers, markets
Cosmopolitan art and political commitment
International and/or geomodernism
London theater/British theater/Irish theater/international theater
West End theater and East End drama
Perceptions of boundaries, streetscapes, and neighborhoods
II. Metropolitan Identities
The flâneur in the city
London as "contact zone": or, colonial and/or postcolonial geographies and identities
The metropolis and mental life
Ideologies and/or mythologies of empire
Home, homeland, and "Home Rule"
Sex and the city; or, the "erotics" of space and/or place
Deviance, disorder and criminality
III. The Urban Imaginary
The poetics and polemics of industrial modernity
The city at war and peace
Textual inscriptions of urban technologies; or, "planes, trains, and automobiles"
Alienation and ghettoization
Victorian and/or Edwardian understandings and/or theorizations of metropolitan urban space
Capitalist urbanization and space
London's political and urban landscapes
Urban identities of migration, displacement, and mobility