CFP: Literature and Photography Special Issue, September 17, 2012

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How do you “see” literature? How do you “write” photography? In recent years, scholars have drawn a connection between the nineteenth-century realist novel and the rise of photography, suggesting that the novel genre is intrinsically photographic. This argument hinges, in part, on realism, or at the very least on reality effects. Nineteenth-century photography was indeed often used to document: to record landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and crime scenes. Yet it was also from the start a creative technology, a mode of representation open to experimentation and artistic innovation. How does photography intersect with literature when the aims of one or both are not to represent reality? What is the legacy of the association between literature and photography as we move beyond the nineteenth century? How do different literary forms respond to visual innovation--can poetic vision and the vision employed in non-fiction prose also be read alongside photography? LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory solicits papers for an upcoming special issue on the relationship between literature and photography spanning the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. LIT welcomes essays that consider any and all aspects of literature and photography and that are theoretically grounded but also engaging and accessible. Contributions should be from 5,000-10,000 words in length. Guest Editor: Susan E. Cook, Southern New Hampshire University.

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays that employ engaging, coherent theoretical perspectives and provide original, close readings of texts. Because LIT addresses a general literate audience, we encourage essays unburdened by excessive theoretical jargon. We do not restrict the journal's scope to specific periods, genres, or critical paradigms. Submissions must use MLA citation style. Please email an electronic version of your essay (as an MS Word document), along with a 100 word abstract, to

Deadline for submissions: September 17, 2012

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory also welcomes submissions for general issues.

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
Editors: Professor Regina Barreca, University of Connecticut &
Associate Professor Margaret E. Mitchell, University of West Georgia

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