CFP: [Religion] Special issue of Postscripts on Messianism

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Jay Twomey
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"Second Comings and Strange Goings On"

A call for papers for a special double issue of Postscripts: The Journal
of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds

Deadline: 2/1/09

Guest editor: Jay Twomey, University of Cincinnati
Journal editor: Elizabeth Castelli, Barnard College

In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples, on the eve of his
crucifixion, “if I do not go away, the Paraclete will not come to you”(16:7
NRSV). This nexus of arrival and departure, of a future coming at the
expense of the departing present and its specific pasts, is characteristic
of the messianic in a variety of its manifestations â€" in religious texts
and traditions, certainly, but also in literary, theoretical, political and
pop-cultural contexts as well. Building upon the work of a group of
panelists from the 2008 American Comparative Literature Association meeting
(the general conference theme was “Arrivals and Departures”), this special
issue of Postscripts seeks to engage scholars from across the humanities in
a discussion of the messianic. We are interested in theoretically-informed
papers that: 1) draw upon relevant work in religious studies; while 2)
focusing mostly on specific cultural locations of messianic thought.

Areas of possible interest include, but are not restricted to:

* Television series
* Literary texts or films
* Graphic novels and comic books
* Political discourse
* Philosophical or cultural movements
* Social or religious organizations

Papers should be approximately 10,000 words (30 pages), and must follow
Postscript’s style guidelines:

Please send papers, along with a brief abstract and author bio, to:

Jay Twomey
Department of English and Comparative Literature
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210069
Cincinnati, OH 45220-0069

Electronic submissions are most welcome.

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