Perceptions of Self in Society as viewed through Literature and the Arts
"Who is it that can tell me who I am?" – King Lear
The mere idea of self is as elusive as time, but writers, filmmakers and artists often give us clues as to how we view ourselves and others through their works. This issue of the St. John's Humanities Review seeks to identify how individuals define their sense of "self" by exploring perceptions of Self in Society through Literature and the Arts.We are looking to incorporate a wide range of critical analysis on this subject: Contributors may submit scholarly reviews or seminar papers which explore the concepts of identity development and/ or awareness via specific works of literature, film or art. We are simultaneously accepting submissions of original artwork and photography which explore contiguous ideals.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Author/ poet/ artist's perception of self as viewed through the characters or subjects of his major works
- Character perceptions of self as they relate to societal values displayed in a novel/ text/art work
- Societal constructs presented/ misrepresented in literature, art, or film as it affects the individual/ composer
- Authors/ artists who take on multiple personas in their works or in order to produce their works
- Sociological or psychological implications of self-imaging in a composition for a given genre
- The form behind a composition as it relates to the individual/ composer
- The methods through which one forges identity through writing/ art
- In depth analysis of a given poet/ author's composition style and/ or aesthetic choices as it relates to identity
Individuals looking to submit artwork or photography should send an image (jpg format) and descriptive abstract. Reviews and papers should be approximately 4000 – 6000 words in length. All submissions are due by December 15th 2012, and should include a cover page with name, contact information and a short bio. Please send all submissions and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected submissions will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of the St. John's Humanities Review.