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UPDATE: Contemporary Literature and the State (10/31/07; journal issue)
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CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE AND THE STATE
***NEW DEADLINE, SUBMISSION PROCESS, & PUBLICATION STATUS***
We seek 1-3 essays and an author interview to complete CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE AND THE STATE, to be published as a special issue of CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE 49/4 (Winter 2008) and marketed as a paperback volume through the University of Wisconsin Press.
The essays already committed to the volume discuss how problems of political representation, transnationalism, state violence, and social policy affect the work of 20th- and 21st-century writers; they discuss novels and plays that are rooted in diverse contemporary histories; they consider literary texts from America, Europe, South America, and Africa; and they show how authors as different as Samuel Beckett and Susan Choi, working with dissimilar notions of political commitment, address their work to distinct emanations of sovereign power.
The issue is designed so as to engage with political paradigms that are of increasing moment to literary studies, from Giorgio Agambenâ€™s work on the â€œstate of exceptionâ€ to the idea, addressed in different ways by Bruce Robbins and Daniele Archibugi, of a â€œcosmopolitics.â€ Perhaps most importantly, our contributors consider whether and how the institution and idea of the state is relevant to contemporary writers in an age of global neoliberalism, digital telecommunications, and mass migration.
Contributions must engage the issueâ€™s focal theme and center on Anglophone literature since WWII. We are especially interested in the following subject areas:
* Postcolonial states
Submit essays by 31 October 2007 to:
Mark your submission "CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE AND THE STATE." See <http://mendota.english.wisc.edu/~CL/mssubmit.htm> for submission guidelines. Enquiries to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com>.