Excess: Special issue of The Comparatist

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The Comparatist
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zallouz@whitman.edu

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
Topic: Excess
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the problematic of excess in comparative studies and literary theory. What constitutes excess today? What does it name? Who defines it? How do literature and art manage or register excess? How is excess connected to the task of interpretation? Is excess still synonymous with transgression and subversion? Have its connotations changed under the sway of neoliberalism? Topics of interest could include:

Scarcity
Austerity
Economies of signification
The face of the Other
The body
The event
The carnavalesque
Irony and the surplus of meaning
Rhetorical excess
The sublime
Translation studies
Sexual difference
Queering
Trauma and the remainder of symbolization
Pedagogies of excess
Theories of excess and the excess of theory

Interested contributors should submit a 1-page abstract by April 1, 2013 to zallouz@whitman.edu. Deadline for completed articles will be September 1, 2013.

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african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
interdisciplinary
journals_and_collections_of_essays
modernist studies
popular_culture
postcolonial
theory