The Fall 2009 St. John's University Humanities Review: "American Identiy"

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The English Department at St. John's University, Queens NY - John V. Nance and Christianne M. Cain, Editors
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Greetings fellow scholars,

This is a CFP for the Fall 2009 Humanities Review, a literary journal for the St. John's University English Department in Queens, NY.

Our current theme focuses on the contemporary construction of American Identity.

We are also strongly requesting art submissions that best exemplify the theme. Limited color or mono-chrome are preferred. Please submit .TIFF FILES ONLY @ 800 dpi to the email address below.

Some matters to consider:

How has the social practice of culture formed / continue to form the ideological condition of "being American?" With that said, what does it mean to be an American in the 21st Century? What are the ontological pieces that plait our parsonage?

How do you see American visual culture as reifying the American historical repository? Particularly with advertising media that in its polysemous state is most imbued with meaning, how does our interaction with such forms help us create our priorities and manufacture our delight?

To what degree is the American Identity defined by a national literature? What complicates this part of the nation's Identity? For example, is time or nationality of author a factor in relevance to the nation as a whole?


The deadline for all submissions is NOVEMBER 1ST, 2009.

All essays are to be limited to 15 single-spaced pages with 12 pt. Times New Roman Font. MLA citation style only. Please submit essays via email to or via snail mail to:

The Humanities Review
c/o The Writing Center
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Thanks and good luck!