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'Palestine and the Postcolonial: Culture, Creativity, Theory' - CFP for Special Issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing
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Journal of Postcolonial Writing
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS
‘Palestine and the Postcolonial: Culture, Creativity, Theory’
Special Issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 50:2 (2014)
Editors: Prof Patrick Williams, Dr Anna Ball
Despite the prominence of the great Palestinian-American critic Edward Said within the postcolonial academy, Palestine has often been considered ‘off-limits’ in postcolonial studies – a context too polemical, too unfashionably nationalistic or too ambiguous in terms of its (post)colonial status. Yet an increasing number of postcolonial scholars (Massad, Shohat, Lavie, Bernard) are urging attention to Palestine, not only on the grounds of its on-going anti-colonial struggle, but also due to the rich and growing body of cultural production available for analysis. This special issue seeks to expand the place of Palestine on the postcolonial agenda by inviting scholars to consider Palestinian cultural expression and creativity in relation to the broad remit of the postcolonial. It is particularly interested in exploring the varied forms of Palestinian cultural production: literature (the novel, poetry, personal account literature, travel writing, drama), film, art, music, dance. It is also interested in essays that seek to theorise Palestinian culture in creative ways. The special issue is attentive both to the ways in which postcolonial scholarship might enhance our understanding of Palestinian cultural politics, and to the challenges that Palestinian cultural expression might present to our understanding of postcoloniality.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- The relationship between culture, politics and postcoloniality in Palestine,
Deadline for papers: 1st February 2013.
Papers should be no more than 6500 words in length, including references and notes.