CFP: Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (8/31/06 & 2/23/07; journal issue)

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As follows are the two CFP's for Concentric 33.1 and 33.2. Please kindly post them to the CFP message list on the Penn State U website. Thanks a million for your assistance!

  Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

  Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is inviting submissions for its forthcoming issues. We encourage contributions from both Taiwan and international communities addressing our special topics; articles on other aspects of literature and culture are also welcome. If your manuscript is intended as a special topic submission, please so indicate. All correspondence should be addressed to Editor, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, 162 Hoping East Road, Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan. [e-mail: concentric.lit]

  Forthcoming Special Topics

  Vol. 33 No. 1: ¡§The Gothic Revisited¡¨ (January 2007)
  Guest Editor: Ying-hsiung Chou (©P­^¶¯)
                                     Wu Feng Institute of Technology
  Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2006
  The Gothic revival of recent years has meant a move from the purely ¡§literary¡¨ domain into various critical and theoretical fields of study, including those concerned with ethnicity, imperialism, gender, cinema, fashion, music, science and technology. By virtue of their hybrid nature, recent Gothic studies have been able to shed new light on certain ¡§uncanny¡¨ aspects, to which we have hitherto been oblivious, not just of gothic fiction and films but of life itself. There remain, however, important questions to be raised with regard to ¡§gothicity¡¨ as both a structure of thinking and a way of telling, questions about repression and transgression in a (post)modern context. Specifically, how does the Gothic speak to the Other¡Xtheoretically, historically, transculturally? How does it narrate our situatedness in this age of alienation, racism, and ¡§clashes of civilization¡¨? And how can it adapt itself to different modern and/or postmodern social formations not only
 through horror, terror and fear but also through configurations of power and empowerment? Particularly welcome, then, are discussions of the ways in which historical and cultural disenfranchisement, and resistance in various generic and social contexts, may be read in terms of the Gothic, as well as original investigations into how the Gothic might think and articulate that which characterizes our life today as (post)modern.

  Vol. 33 No. 2: ¡§Ethics and Ethnicity¡¨ (July 2007)
  Deadline for Submissions: February 23, 2007

  2007 marks the quadricentennial of the establishment of Jamestown in the Colony of Virginia, as the making of The New World, a Hollywood version of the Europeans¡¦ arrival, attempts to rekindle the historical moment. Also in 1607, Matteo Ricci¡¦s translation of Cosmological Epitome was published in China. Both the European settlement and the Jesuit¡¦s translation find a connection in the Renaissance play first performed a year earlier. The eponymous protagonist of Macbeth (1606), a tragic hero consumed by ambition, seems to endure a fate that characterizes both the settlement in the West and the translation in the East.

  On the eve of the quadricentennial anniversary of both the Jamestown settlement and Matteo Ricci¡¦s translation, Concentric invites submissions that bear witness to the entanglement of ¡§ethics and ethnicity.¡¨ While ¡§ethics¡¨ may concern itself with irreducible otherness, ¡§ethnicity¡¨ connotes the apartness of a stranger, a foreigner, or an immigrant. That is to say, ¡§ethics¡¨ becomes an issue when ¡§ethnicity¡¨ emerges. Odd couple though they are, the translation between ethics and ethnicity, across the wide world that both separated and linked Jamestown and the East, is the contested terrain of this special issue, promising a timely reflection on our worlds.

  Manuscript Submission
  1. Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Please send the manuscript, an abstract, a list of keywords, and a vita as Word-attachments to concentric.lit Alternatively, please mail us two hard copies and an IBM-compatible diskette copy. Concentric will acknowledge receipt of the submission but will not return it after review.
  2. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes in single space, manuscripts must be double-spaced, typeset in 12-point Times New Roman.
  3. To facilitate the Journal¡¦s anonymous refereeing process, there must be no indication of personal identity or institutional affiliation in the manuscript proper. The name and institution of the author should appear on a separate title page or in the vita. The author may cite his/her previous works, but only in the third person.
  4. The Journal will not consider for publication manuscripts being simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
  5. If the paper has been published or submitted elsewhere in a language other than English (e.g., Chinese), please make available two copies of the non-English version. Concentric may not consider submissions already available in other languages.
  6. One copy of the Journal and fifteen off-prints of the article will be provided to the author(s) on publication.
  7. It is the Journal¡¦s policy to require assignment of copyrights form by all authors.

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