Transnational Literatures, Gender and State Power, edited volume (Abstract deadline: May 15, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Joan Conwell and Gema Ortega, Editors
contact email: 
joanie.conwell@gmail.com or ortega@sxu.edu

Increasing interest in the conceptualization of “Transnational Literatures” calls for a re-appraisal of the role of gender in contesting official discourses of nation and power. As early as 1938, Virginia Woolf claimed that, “in fact, as a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”1 In “Towards a New Consciousness,” Gloria Anzaldúa describes the dialogic nature of living across Borderlands, “Because I, a mestiza,/ continually walk out of one culture/ and into another,/ because I am in all cultures at the same time,/ alma entre dos mundos, tres, cuatro,/ me zumba la cabeza con lo contradictorio./ Estoy norteada por todas las voces que me hablan/ Simultáneamente.”2

In the spirit of this tradition, we seek contributions in the form of scholarly and/or creative work to the field of “Transnational Feminism” to include in a collection of essays entitled, “Transnational Literatures, Gender and State Power.” This collection investigates the ways in which transnational literatures and gender intersect to challenge the power of official narratives and/or state discourses, including those discourses that limit the mobility of subjects across cultural, national, historical, political, racial, theoretical or any kind of boundary.

We invite chapter-length discussions or creative explorations, including black and white photography and visual art, on a variety of aspects without limitations to geographical lines, theoretical approaches, or genres. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following headings:

* Transnational Discourses and Feminist Perspectives
* Feminist Transnationality and Global Uprising
(From Tunisia and Egypt to Occupy Wall Street)
* National and Transnational Discourses of Masculinity
* Activism, (Auto)- Ethnography and Transnational Narratives
* Post-racial Aesthetics and the Transgression of Borders
* Translation, Resistance, and Gender
* Migration and the Commodification of the Transnational
* State Repression of Gendered Texts

Submission Guidelines
Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2012

Please send a 250-500 word abstract or short excerpt of creative work to: joanie.conwell@gmail.com or ortega@sxu.edu.

Work under consideration must be previously unpublished.
Include with your submission: your name and affiliation, an email address where you can be reached after May 15, and a very brief bio.

1 Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas (Orlando: Harcourt, 2006) 129.
2 Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands: La Frontera (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1999) 99.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
postcolonial
theory
travel_writing