Calls for Papers to be published in International Journal: Diasporic Identities and Empire (Guest Editor: David Brooks)

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University of Sydney and Scholarly Journal

The post Enlightenment text is an unpalatable interjection of cultural shifters who defy imperial homogeneity, political and economic unions. In Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race (1995), Robert J.C. Young looks at such representations as the unconscious imperial structure which sets its descriptions on a 'fixed centre'. Articles may choose to examine authors who not only attempt to write back to the 'English' centre but reflect through their narratives the plight of the diaspora.

Unlike traditional theories on hybridity which were in consideration of multicultural infusions, and at times profusions of colonial migrations, postmodern literature illuminates neo-hermeneutics of what Gayatri C. Spivak calls segregated 'subalterns', 'the lowest strata of the urban subproletariat'(Can the Subaltern Speak? 1995). Articles with an interest in investigating these ideas in 19th and 20th century British, American, Eurocentric, and Asian literature, are most welcomed. Focus on the function of metaphor and race in individual works (poetry, prose, drama, film, etc.), articles addressing theoretical connections between race and metaphor, as well as articles which deal with these issues separately and/or in regards to a wider context.

This is a collaborative book project and an extension of panel presentations on 'Diasporic Identities and Empire' at the upcoming SAMLA 2012 Conference. The publication is to be an original corpus of international commentary on postcolonial theories. Early research and independent scholars are encouraged to submit their work. Published book chapters will also be considered.

Guest editor, David Brooks is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, co-editor of The Southerly (one of Australia's oldest literary journals), a renowned Australian poet and novelist, and has an extensive publication history.

We invite article-length submissions (5-7,000 words) in the following areas:
• Theories on Diaspora; past, present and future
• Colonial/Postcolonial/Neocolonial and comparison of theories
• Commentary on the impact of criticisms
• Application of theoretical frameworks to various genres (literature, art, pop culture, art,
music etc.)
• Interdisciplinary approaches to postcolonialism

Please send submissions (using MLA style with endnotes) or any further queries regarding specific categories to:
Editing Coordinator: Anastasia Louridas.

Please submit using doc., .docx or .rtf format by 15 December, 2012. Early submission is recommended.