CFP: Pacific Coast Philology Special Issue on the Family

deadline for submissions: 
December 10, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Craig Svonkin and Steven Gould Axelrod/Pacific Coast Philology
contact email: 

"Post-Family Studies" Special Issue

Pacific Coast Philology: The Journal of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

We are interested in essays about the family, especially papers that rethink the family in new ways or explore new familial, para-familial, or post-familial structures, possibly by denaturalizing, deconstructing, de-idealizing, or reconceiving the family. Essays that explore new, transformational, or transnormative “families,” or post-familial or post-kinship family-like relations in literature, film, or culture are welcome. Essays might explore the effects of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, region, ideology, history, or nation on the family and its depiction; the formation or deconstruction of familial ideologies; family mythologizing; shifting depictions of the family; or reconceptualizing the family in a post-Victorian, post-Freudian, post-Modern, post-Colonial, post-heteronormative, or anti-bourgeois manner. –Special Issue Editors, Dr. Steven Gould Axelrod and Dr. Craig Svonkin

Please contact Craig Svonkin at if you have questions. Full essays are due by December 10.

Essay proposals should include the following, and should be emailed to Craig Svonkin at by December 10, 2016: cover page with author’s name, affiliation, and a brief biography, plus the title of the essay. A 5,000 to 7,000 word separate document with a brief abstract, a list of four to seven keywords, and the proposed essay.

In preparing manuscripts, please follow the MLA Style Manual. Expected date of publication is fall 2017.