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Justin Scott-Coe

Call for Papers
Exploding Genre
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Deadline: 20th December 2008

Genre has undergone radical transformations since the advent of a media
society, in which popular texts are not so much literary but visual.
Narrative studies of genre, such as John Cawelti's Six-Gun Mystique (1970)
and Darko Suvin's Metamorphoses of Science-Fiction (1979), were quickly
overturned by an increasing interest in cinematic, televisual, visual and
digital textualities. Studies of different and interrelated media
superceded the structuralist interest in narrative. Increasingly generic
identity was conceived of as modal, or adaptable between media, consumed
and produced by differently situated groups of readers, cultures and audiences.

Genre became differentiated from within itself, no longer identical but
constituted at the interface of various media and readers. It was assembled
from other genres, a combination of overlapping, discontinuous tropes that
played ironically with its own established forms. Postmodernism had broken
with both the neo-classicism of the New Criticism and with a historically
minded structuralism to produce a new critical view of genre, one that
fostered the emergence of hybrid and self-conscious fictions between media.
Its readers were no longer seen as isolated but, in their engagement with
multiple practices of interpretation, were recognized in distinct
communities. Studies like Janice Radway's Reading the Romance: Women,
Romance and Popular Fiction (1991) and Henry Jenkins' Textual Poachers:
Television Fans and Participatory Culture (1992) explored new ways of
looking at popular texts within their contexts.

It is with a view to addressing these changes that this issue of
Reconstruction will investigate the function of genre in theory and
fictions alike. Papers are sought that address the fragmented state of
genre theory, spread as it is across studies of new and old media, fan and
reading communities, narrative and visual theory. We are interested in the
function of genre in different medias, such as comics and games. Why has
genre persisted in this age of multi-modal expressions? What makes it tick,
travel across media, to return and coalesce in new and old forms of
narrative, visuality and intertextuality?

We envisage papers covering a variety of theoretical / discursive
positions, including:
 - feminist theory
 - queer theory
 - postcolonial theory
 - convergent/transformative media
 - new cultural histories
 - ludology

Please send completed essays, multimedial performances, etc. to Helen
Merrick and Darren Jorgensen at exp.genre_at_gmail.com by 20th December,
2008. We are happy to consider abstracts and proposals prior to this date.
Publication is expected in the third quarter of 2009. Papers should be
about 5,000 - 7,000 words and follow the Reconstruction guidelines for
submission <http://reconstruction.eserver.org/guidelines.shtml>.

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
<http://reconstruction.eserver.org> (ISSN: 1547-4348) is an innovative
online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual
community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the
ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and
influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction
publishes one open issue and three themed issues quarterly. Reconstruction
is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

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