Austen and Deleuze

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Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge
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2017 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Austen has become one of the most discussed and beloved literary figures; indeed, her status as one of our most beloved literary figures has often influenced the ways in which her life and works are discussed within critical circles. Eve Sedgwick famously announced that Austen criticism is "notable not just for its timidity and banality but for its unresting exaction of the spectacle of a Girl Being Taught a Lesson." This special issue of Rhizomes invites critical articles and creative works that dismiss both this legacy of timidity and the tendency to exact pedagogical spectacles through scholarship. Despite the vast critical attention devoted to her writings, contemporary theoretical approaches to her novels and corpus remain relatively sparse. We are specifically interested in pursuing submissions that engage Austen within such contemporary theoretical discussions. While we are particularly interested in Deleuzian readings of Austen, our goal is to generate a collection of distinctly new approaches to her fiction, and we thus welcome various critical and theoretical approaches that push the boundary of current Austen studies beyond the banal. We are interested in treatments of her fiction, including her juvenilia, as well as the filmic and literary adaptations of her writings, and the enduring vogue of Austen and her followers. Complete articles are due by December 15, 2016. Please send all inquiries to Michael Kramp (dmk209@lehigh.edu).