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Recoupling Genre and ‘Gender’

Edited by Moira Gatens

Theme Issue for Angelaki: journal of theoretical humanities

Proposed publication date: December 2008

Questions about genre always raise questions of tradition, authority and
exclusion. What justifies the judgement that one text is ‘philosophical’,
another ‘literary’, and yet another ‘historical’? And how might these
broad ‘genre’ distinctions play out in the realm of gender? Is literary
production ‘feminised’ in relation to a ‘masculinised’ philosophy? And
what can be said about the gendering of genres within disciplines:
For example:

· Writing the history of ‘Great Men’ and ‘Great Events’ is the
preserve of men whereas social histories, that require an ‘eye for
detail’ and the ‘everyday’, are suited to the special talents of women.
· Metaphysics and Epistemology are at the ‘science’ end of
philosophy, whereas moral and social philosophy is at the ‘humanities’
end and so more suited to women.
· Epic poetry, high tragedy, and wide-ranging, ‘big picture’,
creations are the literary preserve of men; women’s genre is the novel
and the short story, both of which suit women’s talents in representing
the everyday and domesticity.

Perhaps these platitudes do little more than rearticulate the claim that
Man is able to grasp the 'universal' whereas woman’s preserve is
the ‘particular’? Recent scholarship, across the disciplines, has
questioned both how these disciplines (history, philosophy, and
literature) relate to each other and the way in which ‘gender’ has been
coupled with particular genres of writing.

This special issue of Angelaki aims to bring together an
interdisciplinary group of scholars in order to reconsider ways in which
the genre and gender question has been configured in recent theory. It
seeks innovative reformulations of the genre-gender relation that
emphasise the ways in which this relation is intimately tied to specific
social norms and particular institutions in a variety of cultural,
historical and political contexts. To this end, the papers will explore
the specificity of the discursive relationship between various ‘coupled’
authors as well as the way in which the reception of their writings may
have changed over time. (The ‘coupled’ authors might include:
Wollstonecraft and Godwin, George Eliot and G.H. Lewes, Virgina Woolf and
Vita Sackville West, Mary Shelley and P.B. Shelley, Heidegger and Arendt,
Delueze and Guattari). The overriding aim is to move towards
a 'recoupling' of genre and gender that acknowledges the full force of
the range of institutions and social and historical conventions at work
in genre allocation.

The upper limit for submissions is 10,000 words but shorter pieces are
welcome. Please follow MLA style and submit papers electronically (in
Word format) to

Deadline for submission: 15 April 2008.

Moira Gatens
Wallotstrasse 19
14193 Berlin

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