Excess: Special issue of The Comparatist

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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:

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
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.