CFP: Theory and Scottish Literature (6/1/07; journal issue)
CALL FOR PAPERS -- 'Theory and Scottish Literature'
Issue 3 of the International Journal of Scottish Literature
(see URL below for a more detailed version of this CFP)
What is the state of Scottish literary studies 'After Theory'?
What was/is theory's impact in a 'structurally nationalist' field of study?
Many would argue that Scottish Literature largely avoided, and perhaps even=
shirked, that process of radical critique - while pursuing an ambitious de=
constructive project of its own, based on historical re-assessment of the v=
ery 'framing' or incorporating discourse, English Literature, which would e=
nforce the obligatory engagement with 'theory'.
What, from this perspective, of the apparent universality of 'theory' itsel=
f, and its function as a lingua franca in the cosmopolitan intellectual mar=
ket? Is a provincialisation of critical theory necessary, especially in a =
country attempting to reconstruct its 'native' intellectual bearings?
What can we make of theory's evident impact on recent critical practice? Mi=
chael Gardiner's 'From Trocchi to Trainspotting: Scottish Critical Theory S=
ince 1960' stages a genealogy of 'Scottish literary thought' in high-theore=
tical terms, while the fluency and discursive coherence of the 'Edinburgh C=
ompanion to Contemporary Scottish Literature', edited by Berthold Schoene, =
suggests critical theory is already something more than an 'available metho=
d' or optional technique in Scottish literary studies.=20
Should the seeming 'acceptance' of theory be mistrusted? - from within Scot=
tish Literature as a paradigm which 'impl[ies] that it is only through the =
ideas of Russian and American intellectuals that one can grasp the real nat=
ure of the Scottish condition' (Cairns Craig); and from within Eng. Lit. as=
yet another 'strategic effort to raise the profile of Scottish literary st=
udies within the context of its institutional marginalization' (Liam Connel=
For the third issue of IJSL papers are invited on any aspect of the relatio=
nship between Scottish literary studies and 'theory', both terms conceived =
as widely as contributors might wish. Proposals should reach the journal ed=
itors not later than 1st June 2007, with complete papers required by 1 Nove=
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