Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (journal issue) "Performing Identity, Performing Culture" (December 2013)

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Department of English Studies (University of Alicante,Spain)

RAEI is a referred journal published once a year by the Department of English Studies at the University of Alicante. We are now seeking for the next issue "Performing Identity, Performing Culture" (December 2013) essays which aim at discussing the issues raised by the definition of performance and performativity in relation to the politics of identity and culture in current cultural studies. Over the last fifty or sixty years, a growing interest in performance discourse – with its emphasis on the body, that is, on human experience, practices and affections – has taken place, floating free of theatre precincts and extending itself to other disciplines, including cultural studies. Performance Studies' countercultural aspects are frequently stressed as they privilege "threshold-crossing, shape-shifting, and boundary-violating figures, such as shamans, tricksters, and jokers, who value the carnivalesque over the canonical, the transformative over the normative, the mobile over the monumental." (Conquergood 1995), but a wider range of activities/roles played out by the postmodern subjects/actors on the contemporary British cultural stage are actually focusable upon, so that themes and issues to be discussed may include: gender, race and ethnicity as they are enacted, idealized, negotiated and redefined; postmodern urban experience and identity; performativity and the arts; new technologies and the construction of new identities in the real or virtual world.

Enquiries and a 600 hundred word abstract in English plus bibliography should be submitted by e-mail to Silvia Caporale-Bizzini, Lucia Esposito and Alessandra Ruggiero by the 20th of December of 2012, acceptance will be communicated by the 15th of January 2013. Final essays will be submitted by the 30th of April 2013 and final acceptance will be communicated by the 15th of September 2013. Authors should follow the guidelines for the submission of manuscripts which can be found at the following Internet address:

The editors will not accept articles which have also been sent to other publications or have already been published. The authors will receive a free copy of the volume.