CFP: Paris, Modern Fiction, and the Black Atlantic (3/1/05; journal issue)

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Call for Papers

Upcoming Modern Fiction Studies Special Issue

Paris, Modern Fiction, and the Black Atlantic . =20

Deadline for Submission: 1 March 2005
Guest Editors: Jeremy Braddock and Jonathan P. Eburne


The editors of MFS seek essays for inclusion in a special issue entitled =
"Paris, Modern Fiction, and the Black Atlantic." We welcome new =
approaches to the study of diasporic modernism that challenge the =
traditional depiction of Paris as the meeting-point of great minds. This =
special issue aims to show Paris to be a site of provisional and =
contingent subjectivities, a city whose ties to the modern mark the =
emergence of work that seeks psychological and historical agency beyond =
the claims of the individual subject. =20


Responding to recent critical studies of transnational black culture in =
the twentieth century, contributors should examine the travels made to =
Paris (whether literally or imaginatively) by black writers of American, =
Caribbean, and African descent. As significant for its imaginary =
topography as for its actual landscape, the Paris inhabited by these =
writers offers a provocative means for exploring the circulation of =
objects and concepts that Paul Gilroy has named the Black Atlantic. Why =
did Paris become such an important place for such writers- especially =
those whose work fought against the dominance of capitals, boundaries, =
nations, or empires?=20


We are especially interested in essays that explore how the interactions =
between black expatriate fiction writers and European intellectual =
movements (Marxism, psychoanalysis, cubism, surrealism, existentialism) =
became instrumental to broader intellectual and political projects: =
struggles against colonialism and imperialism; redefinitions of or =
resistances to colonial, national, or racial identity; or even the =
interrogation of individual subjectivity itself.


Queries should be directed to Jonathan Eburne (, or to =
Jeremy Braddock ( Articles should range =
from 20-30 pages and should conform to the current MLA Style Manual. =
Please submit two copies of your essay to The Editors, MFS, Department =
of English, Purdue University, 500 Oval Dr., West Lafayette, IN =

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