CFP: [Collections] (Un-)Gendering the Transatlantic

full name / name of organization: 
Colleen Glenney Boggs

(Un-)Gendering the Transatlantic (special issue of "Symbiosis: A Journal of
Anglo-American Literary Relations")

Since Paul Gilroy's landmark publication, we have understood "The Black
Atlantic" (1993) as a racially complex site, where modern subjectivity
emerges. In Gilroy's analysis, that subjectivity was implicitly masculine:
his case studies all focused on men, to the neglect not only of women but
of gender and sexuality as categories of analysis. What do those categories
of analysis have to offer us -- do they reshape how we think about the
transatlantic, and in turn, what happens to our understanding of gender and
sexuality in transatlantic contexts? Thinking about the role that gender
and sexuality play for the transatlantic is complicated by Hortense
Spiller's argument that the middle passage destroyed the black family.
"Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book" raises important
questions not only about the role of masculinity and femininity, but also
about the un-gendering that can occur in the transatlantic. Whereas
Spiller's account speaks to the devastation wrought by such un-gendering,
queer writers and theorists might find the suspension of what Judith Butler
calls the "heterosexual matrix" of gender and power a productive site for
analysis. For a special issue of "Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American
Literary Relations," we seek articles that address the role that gender and
that un-gendering play in the transatlantic literary imaginary. Please
submit two copies of articles, 5,000-7,000 words, double spaced throughout,
prepared (initially) to any recognised humanities style sheet, and
addressed to:

Professor Colleen Glenney Boggs
special issue editor, Symbiosis
Department of English
Dartmouth College
6032 Sanborn House
Hanover, NH 03755

Deadline for submission is October 1, 2008.

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