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On The Edge: Exploration of Liminalities and Extremities in English Studies (November 10, 2011)
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The Journal of South Texas English Studies
Liminality is a state of being that is neither in nor out, neither belonging to or excluded from, neither conscious nor unconscious, neither full nor empty; but, liminality holds within that in-between existence great power for effecting change. How does liminality intersect and clash with the concept of extremities – the fringes of society, religion, politics, ideology, and literature that threaten to pull us apart. Can liminality (the in-between) and extremity (the outer edge) inhabit the same space? Can they be one and the same at times, or are they always at odds with each other? Can we navigate and inhabit the borders and boundaries of our world - the ambiguous space between two other spaces - and not lose ourselves or our identities? What kind of power do liminal and extreme spaces and existences exert on us and others?
For this issue, we are looking for scholarly articles between 5,000 and 8,000 words that speak to the liminalities and extremities in literature, rhetoric, pedagogy in English Studies, interpreted narrowly or broadly, figuratively or literally. Articles may address topics in English, American or other Literature written in English, Rhetoric and Composition, Literary Theory, and Pedagogy. All submissions, including creative writing and book reviews, must be original work and not be under consideration elsewhere. Scholarly papers should adhere to the citations style in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition. If notes are needed, they should follow the paper in endnote form. Do not use Microsoft's automatic endnote feature – please see submission guidelines. A Works Cited page should be last. Because the papers are blind, peer-reviewed, include a cover letter with the title of paper and your name. Do not put your name on the actual paper; rather, include the title of your paper in the footer in place of your last name. Please format your paper with 1-inch margins on all sides, double spacing, and 12-point, Times New Roman font. Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "article."
The journal also accepts a small number of poetry and creative prose submissions. Although all creative submissions will be considered, preference will be given to those related to the theme of this issue. Poets can submit more than one poem, but the total length of all poems together cannot exceed 100 lines. Short fiction can be up to 1,500 words, flash fiction up to 800 words, and creative non-fiction up to 2,000 words. We only accept creative work in English; any words in a foreign language must be translated in a note at end of creative work. Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document and e-mail it to email@example.com with the subject line "creative submission."
We also accept book reviews of scholarly, non-fiction, and fiction up to 500 words. Preference will be given to book reviews of works that are related to the current issue’s theme, but we will consider other book reviews as well. Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "book review."
Deadline for submissions is November 10, 2011. For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website at www.southtexasenglish.blogspot.com.