Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries

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The Daniel Defoe Society
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Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is accepting submissions for its fifth anniversary issue. Submissions are due by May 1, 2013.

Submissions on any aspect of the life and works of Daniel Defoe and his contemporaries are welcome.

A special section of the fifth issue will be dedicated to the topic of public intellectualism. Topics may include, but need not be limited to, the following:

• The concept of public intellectualism defined, as it pertains to eighteenth-century studies;

• The figure of the public intellectual in relevant texts or events past and present (for example, rhetoric about or of “the founding fathers” and the influence on past or contemporary politics);

• Public constructions of the past or particular historical concepts (for example, popular understanding of the eighteenth century and the beginnings of capitalism, liberty, individualism, etc.);

• The role of media, past and present, in constructions of or resistance to public intellectualism;

• Analyses of the public, the public sphere, crowds, swarms, mobs, etc.;

• The nature of publication, past and present, and its effects on the field, intellectualism, education, etc.;

• Cultural attitudes toward intellectualism, historical and current, and their influences on eighteenth-century studies;

• The state of public intellectualism during the long eighteenth century;

• Blogs, wikis, Facebook pages, digital projects, television, film, video games, and other social media that communicate findings in, or the cultures of, eighteenth-century studies to larger audiences;

• The role of the teacher as public intellectual/the classroom as intellectual public space;

• The impact of public intellectualism on particular fields relevant to eighteenth-century studies, such as disability studies;

• Children’s and adolescent literature as sites for public intellectualism;

• The independent scholar and public intellectualism.

Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries is a peer-reviewed online journal celebrating the works and culture of the eighteenth century and also welcomes multimedia submissions that push the boundaries of scholarship in our field as well as more traditional essays, reviews, notes, and dissertation and conference abstracts. Submissions should be e-mailed to Katherine Ellison ( and Holly Faith Nelson ( by May 1, 2013. Please send print manuscripts as Word .doc files following the style guide on our website. For multimedia submissions, please send inquiries about file size and format to Katherine Ellison.

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