UPDATE: ELN: Specter of the Archive (12/15/06; journal issue)

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The deadline for submissions for ELN issue 45.1 (Spring 2007) has been extended
to Dec. 15, 2006.

Call for Publications, ELN 45.1, Spring 2007: The Specter of the Archive

    A respected forum since 1962 for new work in English literary studies, ELN
(English Language Notes) has undergone a change in editorship and an extensive
makeover as a biannual journal devoted exclusively to special topics in all
fields of literary and cultural studies. The new ELN is particularly determined
to revive and reenergize its traditional commitment to featuring shorter notes,
often no more than 3-4 pages in print, an attribute of the journal that will
provide a unique forum for cutting-edge scholarly debate and exchange in the

Call for Publications, ELN 45.1, Spring 2007: The Specter of the Archive

    How does the archive haunt the literary and cultural study of the past? This
ELN issue invites papers that will engage this question and that will
investigate what demarcates the archive of literary culture. Broadly, then,
this ELN issue invites papers that will theoretically,creatively, and
methodologically engage the representational power of the archive. In addition
to critical papers that explore cultural forms, we also invite contributors to
submit creative non-fiction, short stories, poetry, analysis of museum
collections, and archival projects that expand our understanding of the
archive. Contributors may also address the politics of the archive through some
of the following questions: How does the archive facilitate knowledge? Since our
post-modern turn, has the archive become nothing more than an abstract
signifier, a ghost, if you will, that haunts our current social imaginary? How
does the archive maintain or disrupt power relations? Is there a racial,
gendered or sexual archive? What is the relationship between the archive and
historical time? How is subjectivity formed through the archive? What is the
relationship between aesthetics and the archive. How have archives been
subjugated and what ghosts have we all encountered in our recovery of the past?
What role do archives play in the abstract and mostly metacritical idea of the
nation or the hemisphere? Can we ever understand the interconnections among
people, nations and places without archives? How do archives reinvent the
contours of the political? Position papers, notes, essays, book reviews, and
provocations are invited from scholars and artists in all fields of study.

    Please send contributions and/or proposals to:
    The Editors
    English Language Notes
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    226 UCB
    Boulder, CO 80309-0226

Specific inquires regarding volume two may be directed to the issue editor,
John-Michael Rivera, at John-Michael.Rivera_at_colorado.edu.

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