[UPDATE] Fictional Economies: Inequality and the Novel, Essay collection with forward by Rami Shamir, author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE

full name / name of organization: 
Joseph Donica/Bronx Community College, CUNY

Joseph Donica is an Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College.

Rami Shamir is the author of TRAIN TO POKIPSE (Grove Press 2011, http://traintopokipse.com/)

Abstracts of 300 words and full CVs due February 1, 2016 to
Full articles due September 1, 2016
Projected publication January 2017

For this collection I seek submissions on the theme of "Inequality and the Novel." I welcome submissions addressing any aspect of inequality as it relates to the novel from its origins to now. I also seek perspectives on texts from a range of regions, genres, and forms. Of special interest to this collection is how genres have emerged throughout history because of the social experiences of inequality. While highly specialized essays representing new or revised approaches to the novel are welcome, the terminology of all essays should appeal to a broad readership. And while I seek submissions that address inequality and the novel as broadly defined, I am especially interested in essays that address one or more of the following questions: 1) Historically, how have novels represented the intersection of social and economic inequality? 2) How has the publishing industry addressed issues of social and economic inequality through choices of what is published at what time and what is not? 3) How has the radical shift in readership of novels since the mid twentieth century influenced representations of inequality in novels, shifts in emphases by critics, and the effect readership has on this shift? 4) And how does the contemporary moment with its understanding and political uses of the word inequality help us read the ways concepts of inequality have shifted in complex ways?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-Representations of Inequality in specific texts that understand social and economic inequality as bound together
-Emerging genres and sites of publication (such as digital) that address inequality by bypassing traditional publication apparatuses
-The evolution of the concept of inequality throughout a particular writer's career
-Defending/critiquing literary knowledge as part of general education requirements as they pertain to specific texts
-Literary historical explorations of specific texts that opened access to new readerships or that reified the existing ones