Theme: Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art (January 6, 2014)

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Studies in the Humanities (Volume 41, issues 1-2)

Guest Editor: Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Purdue University at Columbus,

About the Journal: Studies in the Humanities was founded in 1969 and has been published by Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1975. The scope of the journal includes work in literature, film, drama, theory in the humanities, and cultural studies, but the journal's editors have always welcomed manuscripts that are multidisciplinary and cross-cultural in nature. You can find more information at the MLA Directory of Periodicals, where our acceptance rate is listed as 16%-25%. This peer-reviewed journal is indexed in the annual MLA Bibliography, the Film Literature Index, the American Humanities Index, An Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities, and the Journal of Abstracts of English Studies.

Theme: Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art

This thematic issue of Studies in the Humanities will present new work on women's artistic products and/or women as authors/producers/consumers of texts or artifacts. Any approach pertaining to women's studies in the humanities is welcome, though extra consideration will be given to work that forwards a feminist critique of art (i.e., literature, cultural performance or artifact, journals, film, etc.) produced or authored by women. National, international, and transnational approaches are also welcomed.

Possible topics for articles include the following: interrogation of female embodiment; the gendered politics of representation / identity politics; feminist agendas in the humanities; and textual femininity and its complications, its dismantling, or its reproduction and dissemination in the humanities.

Questions that might be raised include the following: What images or representations of women and feminine/gendered identities are propagated, and at what cost (and to whom)? Why are these representations significant, and what part do they play in the public sphere? How do they perform cultural work, especially in terms of indebtedness in literary and cultural economies? What are the politics at stake in producing, circulating, owning, consuming, or lacking access to particular representations of women or feminized bodies or female/feminized identities?

Submit essays, ranging from approximately 20-25 double-spaced pages, and book reviews, approximately 3-5 pages, that address the theme "Representations of, by, and for Women: The Gendered Politics of Art" to Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick at with the subject line "SITH 41 submission." In order to enable a masked, refereed review, only include your name on a title page in a separate attachment. Also, you will want to avoid embedded endnotes. Endnotes should appear at the end of the essay with no page division between the essay and them. The Works Cited list should follow the endnotes. MLA is the preferred documentation style, but manuscripts adhering to other style manuals will be reviewed, with the understanding that accepted manuscripts will need to conform to MLA. Manuscripts—essays or book reviews—should be submitted by January 6, 2014. Early submissions are welcomed, as are inquiries.