CFP: American Literature in Languages Other than English (1/21/05; journal issue)

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Gonul Pultar
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Call for submissions:

"American Literature in Languages Other than English"
Comparative American Studies special issue, 2006

Submissions in the form of theoretical formulations, critical
evaluations or research-based essays are invited on the topic of
American literature in languages other than English for a special issue
of the international journal /Comparative American Studies/ planned for
2006. Contributions may be in the form of 5000 to 7000-word essays and
may engage any aspect of texts produced at any historical period on what
is now the United States of America. The special issue will feature an
introduction by Professor Werner Sollors, co-director of the Longfellow
Institute at Harvard University.

Non-English American texts, written, oral, or otherwise, have in most
instances been composed within traditions and cultures that are
different from those of mainstream America. Evaluated nevertheless by
prevalent approaches, they have, more often than not, been
mis-appreciated. What are the perspectives and criteria that need to be
embraced, fore-grounded, developed or negotiated for a just assessment
of these American texts? How should current critical theory be
transformed to accommodate the complex cultural workings of these
transnational texts? What non-English heritages of storytelling,
narration and literary representation would need to be considered? How
would this affect in turn English-language traditions? The special issue
proposes to explore and provide a forum for reflection on these issues
through critical readings of specific texts. Essays may focus on
indigenous American texts as well as American texts in all languages
other than English.

Comparative studies of any aspect of the topic, as well as reviews of
books and other significant contributions to the field in essay length
or as shorter texts are also welcome.

Proposals (circa 500 words) for essays and reviews should be addressed
to Gönül Pultar, Department of Western Languages and Literatures,
Bogazici University, Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey, fax/voice mail: +90 (212)
243 6437, e-mail: <>, as
soon as possible, but no later than January 21, 2005. Completed essays
are due at the latest on July 1, 2005. For guidelines, consult an issue
at or write to the same

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