Politics and Literature: Controversial and Revolutionary Fiction - Due Date: October 30

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Pennsylvania Literary Journal

This online journal is for critical and creative works. Pennsylvania Literary Journal is created to make a positive contribution to literary criticism and to the arts around the world, and, more narrowly, in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The first Summer Issue, "Experiments," is now available, at http://sites.google.com/site/pennsylvaniajournal. No requirements were set on the length, type, style, genre and the like for the submissions. Thus, the work reflects the various interpretations that the writers had of the topic, "Experiments."

The Next Issue: "Politics and Literature: Controversial and Revolutionary Fiction" will come out in the winter of 2009. Classical authors frequently blended politics with fiction. Dumas and Shakespeare's histories and tragedies, Stowe, Dickens and Twain's abolitionist agendas, Swift's sarcastic and the realists' and naturalists' melancholic anti-poverty and corruption stands, Cooper's plea for the rights of the Native Americans, and Conrad's protest against colonialism are some examples of canonical encounters between the causes for social justice and literary interpretations or portrayals of the ills that plague humanity. Essays on the edges and even outside of this topic will be welcomed as well, but, those that explore it will be given priority. All literary periods from the beginning of written thought to the present day are relevant. The writers studied can be from any nation, gender, sexual orientation and the like. Please translate all foreign words in endnotes into English, so that your English-speaking readers can understand every word of your argument. Poetry does not need to have a political slant, but political poetry is especially coveted.

News: we posted a call for a Board of Peer-Reviewers and received six volunteers. At this time, we have enough to process the next issue. More will always be welcome, as there might be a need for new volunteers in the following summer. In addition, for the Winter Issue we need reviewers who are either historians, or those who have researched the relationship between history and literature. We also hope to recruit a faculty Advisor, to affiliate the Journal with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and to apply for funding for a printed version of the Journal. On the other hand, we might apply for funding to buy an independent website and for a professional web developer. Regardless of the progress in the above mentioned ambitions, this website will be developed over the following months, and already includes gadgets such as a Calendar attached to the "Announcements" page, where news for those affiliated with the Journal and for the general public will be posted. There is also a page where writers will be able to track news on their submissions. This website will expand and will be improved, so check it frequently to see the newest updates.

Submissions: are welcomed in poetry, book reviews and non-fiction essays. The primary interest is critical academic essays and book reviews, of which there were too few submitted this time around. Poets can submit as many poems as they would like to share. The poems can be as long or as short as you choose. Essays should be at least 15 double-spaced pages long, and can be as long as 35 double-spaced pages. All content should be appropriate for a reasoning, academic audience. You will be required to send an Abstract for essays, and an Artist's Statement for poetry. In addition, at the time when your submission is accepted you will be asked to write a short Biography. You can also prepare it in advance and send it with your initial submission, in order to familiarize your readers with your work. Both of these should be under 200 words. You are welcome to submit these in advance of the publishing decision, to inform the Editor of your background and to explain your work. All will receive editing advice after or before their work is accepted for publication. If you are not interested in editorial assistance, this might not be the right project for you. Since this is a not-for-profit project, and neither the Editor, nor those who are published should expect payment, please look at this Journal as a place to share your work, and submit what you want others to see on the web.

Queries: If you do not have a finished project, you are welcome to send a query with an idea, and you will be advised on the feasibility of the project.

Formatting Guidelines: you are welcome to mimic the formatting that is used in the Summer 2009 Issue. Critical essays should only have Endnotes, rather than Footnotes. The preferred reference style is the Chicago Manual of Style, as it is easier to read in a hypertext file. Use standard spelling and grammar. Avoid repetition that detracts from the reader's ability to appreciate your argument. Double-space your submissions, so that the Peer-Review members and the Editor can fit their comments in the margins in a Word processor. If you have drawn a picture, or can obtain the rights to a picture that you think will work for your submission, you are welcome to send this suggestion along with your work. E-Mail a cover letter with your submission. In this letter state if you are able to do light or heavy editing, or both, or if you prefer that the Editor should edit your work without your input. All projects will need some editing, even if a couple of commas need to be added. So, do not submit to this Journal if you are not willing to accept any editing advice or assistance.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Editor, Anna Faktorovich, a Graduate Assistant in the English Literature and Criticism PhD program, at pennsylvaniajournal@gmail.com, if you have any comments, questions, concerns, submissions, or if you are interested in helping with this project. All submissions should be in by October 30, 2009. Further information about the Editor can be found at, http://sites.google.com/site/annafaktorovich. Her Curriculum Vitae and her credo on "Hypertext" are also attached to the front page of the website. Please read the credo if you are uncertain about publishing your work for free on the web, for interesting information about online texts.

Copyrights for the work published in this online Journal remain with the original authors. The Editor does not retain any rights to the work and in no way objects to the same work being published elsewhere. You should check with paying publishers to make sure that such "re-printing" does not violate their copyright laws. Please do not send material that you did not author, plagiarized, or other inappropriate content.