[UPDATE] CFP: Under Pressure

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Yetta Howard/Journal of Lesbian Studies
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[UPDATE] ***Extended Deadline

Call for Papers: Journal of Lesbian Studies
Special Issue: "Under Pressure"

The JLS [Routledge/Taylor & Francis] invites essays for a special issue on the theme, "Under Pressure." Specifically, this special issue will explore the cultural forms that place pressure on the category "lesbian" and/or the pressure "lesbian" places on the aesthetic. To put pressure is to exert force—until the object being forced can no longer sustain its present condition. Accordingly, the state of being under pressure involves cohesion and stability pushed to the limits. This issue will consider various aesthetic practices that put pressure or are under pressure, practices that strain, or even burden, understandings of queer female identities. What forms does the collision of "lesbian" with its representational contexts take?

Essays on visual, textual, and auditory culture including, but not limited to, studies in film, literature, comics/graphic novels, music, performance, and art are welcome.

After the initial review of proposals, authors will be contacted within two – four weeks as to the status of their submissions. Proposals will be evaluated for originality, writing style, and pertinence to the special issue theme. Final essays should be 5,000 – 10,000 words and contain no identifying information in order to facilitate anonymous review.

Please send a one-page proposal (approx. 500 words) to guest editor, Dr. Yetta Howard, at yettahoward@yahoo.com by May 20, 2011. Please put "JLS Special Issue" in the subject line.

Final essay deadline is September 1, 2011.