CFP: Love Wars: Personal Narratives on Challenging Romantic Relationships (4/30/06; collection)

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Chitiga, Miriam
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CFP: Love Wars: Call for analytical essays and personal narratives on
challenging romantic relationships Deadline April 30 2006



We are requesting contributions in the form of analytical essays and /
or personal narratives based on actual experiences of "romantic"
relationships, especially heterosexual relationships. We are
particularly interested in those papers that critically discuss how the
writer wrestled with a challenging relationship(s). Therefore, any
essays that explicate any trials and tribulations that the authors
endured / enjoyed are most welcome.

Selected and collaboratively edited narratives will be part of a peer
refereed publication of a critical study examining female experiences in
the real of romantic relationships.


Some of the specific topics include, but are not limited to the


Critical self-analysis processes=20

Freudian / Lockean / Alpha male / masculinity / hooks / Michael Dyson /

slavery / pre-emancipation / institutionalized oppression / feminist

theories and relationships

Deceit regarding finances, love, sexuality, fidelity, truth, etc

Heart - break phenomenon

Fighting wars / battles

Diaspora-related experiences

Monogamy / bigamy / poly -amorousness

Unexpected outcomes

Experiences with down-low / playboys / deadbeat partners

Relationship jitters / fears / allergies

Abuse - violence, verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, sexual...

Commitment phobia, truth phobia, perennial state of denial

Communication breakdown, communication phobia

Misinterpretations, accusations, suspicions, jealous

Offensive / defensive behavior

Strange relationships / marriages

Status differentiation - financial, education, neighborhood,

 nationality, family background, taste, class, inter-racial issues

Mistrust, antagonism, paranoia, power struggles

Habitual liars / lies / half-truths / misrepresentations

Torturous behavior

Humaneness and foolish behavior

Ideal v reality

Female empowerment as civic engagement


Deadline for submissions: April 30 2006

Electronic submissions in MS Word Times New Roman 12pt font



Please send inquiries, submissions and brief bios to:

Dr. Miriam Chitiga <
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Dr. Corrie Claiborne <
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English Department, Claflin University, Orangeburg. South Carolina 29115

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