CFP: Imposture, Hoaxes, and Identity Conflicts in Australian Literature (1/30/04; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Marguerite Nolan

Australian Literary Studies
Editor: Leigh Dale

                              Call for Papers
 Special Issue on Imposture, Hoaxes, and Identity Conflicts in Australian

               Edited by Marguerite Nolan and Carrie Dawson

In recent years there have been a number of high-profile cases of imposture
or mistaken identity in Australian literature, including those involving
Helen Darville/Demidenko and Leon Carmen/ Wanda Koolmatrie. Likewise, such
prominent writers as Mudrooroo, Archie Weller, and Bobbi Sykes have had
their claims to Aboriginality held up for scrutiny. The public exposure of
these cases has caused significant and sustained anxiety in the publishing
industry, the literary establishment and, the academy.  The resulting
literary debates bear directly on significant cultural and political issues
in Australia, such as multiculturalism, indigenous cultural policy, and
national identity, and have prompted a re-examination of earlier
manifestations of mistaken identity involving such diverse figures as the
Tichborne Claimant, Ern Malley, Nino Culotta, and B. Wongar.  In an attempt
to extend, evaluate, and coordinate scholarship on literary imposture,
Australian Literary Studies invites essay submissions for a special issue
on imposture, hoaxes, and related identity conflicts or crises in
Australian literature. Essays considering any aspect of the social,
historical, philosophical, political, or economic conditions and
consequences of Australian literary imposture are welcome, as are essays
that exceed the paradigm of Australian literature and consider literary
imposture in a comparative context or a theoretical vein.

Electronic copies of manuscripts (not longer than 5,000 words) should be
sent to Leigh Dale at Submissions should arrive by 30
January 2004 and should follow the MLA Handbook (2nd or 3rd edition) for
matters of presentation, using parenthetical documentation and a list of
Works Cited. However, single inverted commas are used for quotations.
Contributions should be typescript (double-spaced) and footnotes should be
numbered consecutively. The issue will be published in October 2004.

Dr Marguerite Nolan
Lecturer in Australian Studies
School of Arts and Sciences
Brisbane Campus
Australian Catholic University
PO Box 456
Virginia  Q  4014

Ph: (07) 3623 7182
Fax: (07) 3623 7245

Australian Catholic University Limited
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