Special Issue of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies focusing on Australian Literature

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The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

Proposals are invited for a special issue of The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies on Australian literature. The editors will consider papers on any aspect of Australian literature, but papers must have a postcolonial theoretical orientation. The editors are particularly interested in papers addressing work by Indigenous and emerging authors, and papers dealing with issues such as transnationalism, settler colonialism and immigration.

Please send 500-word abstracts in a Word document by February 1st, 2011 to Nathanael O'Reilly (nathanael_oreilly@uttyler.edu) and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (raweav1@yahoo.com). Please do not send completed papers at this time. After reviewing the abstracts, the editors will invite contributors to submit completed 5000-word papers, which must conform to the latest MLA style. The deadline for completed papers will be provided at a later date. The special issue is schedule to be published in late 2011.

Please include the following with your abstract:
Name and Institutional Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
A brief CV

Nathanael O'Reilly is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Tyler. He holds a PhD from Western Michigan University, specializing in Australian, postcolonial, and modern British and Irish literature. He has published articles examining works by a variety of authors, including Peter Carey, David Malouf, Tim Winton, Liam Davison, Murray Bail, Janette Turner Hospital, Richard Flanagan, Andrew McGahan, Thomas Keneally, Hanif Kureishi, Daniel Defoe, and Walt Whitman. He is the editor of Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature (Cambria Press, 2010) and coeditor (with Jean-Francois Vernay) of Fear in Australian Literature and Film, a special issue of Antipodes (June 2009).

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Dakota, specializing in postcolonial studies. Her book Empire Islands: Castaways, Cannibals and Fantasies of Conquest (Minnesota, 2007) analyzes how island castaway tales presented fantasies that made the expansion of empire more palatable. Her current work, Frontier Fictions: Writing, Remorse and Reparation in the Settler Colony, analyzes Australian, South African, Canadian, and U.S. settler literatures for how certain stories helped those cultures to process the guilt from the displacement of Indigenous peoples during colonial settlement. Weaver-Hightower has published on Caribbean, Irish, Australian, African, and British literatures and is book reviews editor for The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.