Anarchism and the Literary Imagination, Call for Chapters

full name / name of organization: 
J. Shantz


Chapters are sought for the collection Anarchism and the Literary Imagination. This volume examines historical and contemporary engagements of anarchism and literary production. Anarchists have used literary production to express opposition to values and relations characterizing advanced capitalist (and socialist) societies while also expressing key aspects of the alternative values and institutions proposed within anarchism. Among favoured themes are anarchist critiques of corporatization, prisons and patriarchal relations as well as explorations of developing anarchist perspectives on revolution, ecology and ecocriticism, polysexuality and mutual aid.

Entries might address anarchism and figures such as Ursula LeGuin, B. Traven, Oscar Wilde, Paco Ignacio Taibo, Starhawk, Octave Mirbeau, James Joyce, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher, Eugene O'Neill, Wole Soyinka, anarchism and literary education at spaces such as the Anarchist Free Skool and the Anarchist University in Toronto or the Coffehouse 36 in Windsor or themes within anarchist literary works, such as autonomy, self-determination, revolution, propaganda and anti-statism. Other contributions might look at the emergence of anarchist literature during contemporary anti-globalization movements, and anarchist literature and punk movements. Submissions on other individuals, collectives, themes and issues are welcome.

Abstracts of 500 words (for chapters of 20-30 pages) should be submitted along with a 50 word bio by August 1.

Please submit to Dr. J. Shantz, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver.