[UPDATE] Affect and the Short Story
Journal of the Short Story in English announces a call for papers for an upcoming special section—"Affect and the Short Story (Cycle)". The guest editors are interested in papers addressing how the field of Affect Studies can help inform the ways we read short stories and the ways we theorize about formal and generic labels like the Short Story and, especially, the Short Story Cycle. We are also interested in papers that make use of short story or short story theory in ways that might inform our understanding of the transmission and operation of affect and emotion.
Submissions might put affect theorists such as Sara Ahmed and Sianne Ngai into conversation with scholars of the short story and cycle like Susan Garland Mann and James Nagel. Other approaches might examine the implications of Deleuzian understandings of a brand of affect that "re-establishes the relation" between perception and expression for both genre (Is the short story a particularly minoritarian form?) and structure (Can Deleuze and Guattari's conception of the plateau illuminate the affective workings of the cycle structure?). Still others might use the short story as a way to investigate various philosophical understandings of the sublime, or interpret a story or cycle through the sublime.
Suitable submissions will follow the guidelines posted on the JSSE website
(http://jsse.revues.org/234) and deal explicitly with understandings of emotion in topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
-Affect and the short story
-Affect and the short story cycle
-Affect in the short story
-The affective power of the short story
-Brevity and affect
-The role of the affective moment (the epiphany, the moment of being, the
moment of time) in the short story
-Affect and genre (the gothic, sentimental literature, etc.)
-Affects and categories
-Affect and narrative in the short story
-The Short Story and the Sublime
The guest editors welcome studies of individual stories and short story cycles, as well as comparative studies, from a range of periods. Inquiries, as well as complete and correctly formatted articles should be submitted directly to the section editors at both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by June 1, 2014.