Journal of Literary Theory: Literary Theory and Media Change. Call for Articles. January 15 2012

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Journal of Literary Theory

Call for Articles: Journal of Literary Theory, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2012)

JLT – Journal of Literary Theory
Edited by Fotis Jannidis, Gerhard Lauer and Simone Winko

Submission Deadline: January 15th 2012

Literature is part of a media world that does not only change the physical aspects of reading by introducing e-books, audio books and other formats, but which links literature to the realms of movies, hypertexts, social media and other phenomena, where different hierarchies of aesthetic objects and their evaluation apply. How do these changes affect concepts and theories of literature?
Papers are welcome that systematically analyze the changing attitudes, terms and concepts of literary theory provoked by recent (or not so recent) shifts in (digital) media environments.
Possible topics could include, but are not limited to the discussion of changes in reading habits, possibilities opened up to research by digital corpora, aspects of media competition, convergence, and combination in relation to literature, aspects of the history of media or literature studies.

Contributions should not exceed 50,000 characters in length and have to be submitted until January 15th, 2012.
Articles are chosen for publication by an international advisory board in a double-blind review process.
Please submit your contribution electronically via our website under 'Articles'.

For further information about JLT and to view the submission guidelines, please visit or contact the editorial office at

Submissions that do not focus on one of our special topics can be submitted continuously via our website.

JLT also still accepts contributions for the following topics:

TRAUMA AND LITERATURE – submission deadline July 15th 2011

Since the mid-1990s, the intersection of trauma theory and literary studies has proven itself to be mutually fruitful. Traumatic events as thematized in literature have been researched, for example torture, rape, genocide. Beyond this approach, researchers have also looked at the relations between specific strategies used by victims of trauma for remembering, commemorating and working through these experiences and literary modes of representation.
This issue will focus on exploring the status of the current discussion, and more specifically on the status of methodological and theoretical approaches to these questions. Historical case studies and analyses of specific literary texts are accepted only if they adopt a predominantly systematic perspective, contribute to the reconstruction of the history of literary theory, or pursue innovative methods.

Controversy: LITERARY STUDIES AND ETHICS – submissions are continuously accepted.

Are literary scholars and critics supposed to voice their view on normative questions within their academic writings? How far should world views, political opinions and evaluations enter into the scholarly and critical work with literary texts? Is it even possible to exclude such judgements from literary studies? How and why do different traditions of literary studies treat these problems divergently?
Submissions are expected to refer to previous contributions to this controversy by Peter J. Rabinowitz and Marshall W. Gregory, which can be found here: and here:
Please contact the editorial office for further details.

Christina Riesenweber

Assistant Editor
JLT - Journal of Literary Theory
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Seminar für Deutsche Philologie
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37073 Göttingen

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