Oxford Research in English: Issue 11, Destinations
Destination – the word itself concerns both journey and journey’s end. For this issue of Oxford Research in English, we invite articles that delve into arrival and setting forth in literature, as well as the textual, intertextual and extratextual ways one can examine literary places and spaces. “Destination” derives from the Latin dēstināre—to resolve, to determine, to destine— before journeying into French and arriving in English.
Literary destinations are spatial as well as temporal, with memory and narrative being integral to how we make sense of where we are, and how we come to be. Destinations may be metaphysical or institutional, lieux de mémoire, or itinerant sites that emerge and vanish, in ways that illuminate literary production and interpretation. Texts travel through time: from mind to page, mind to mind, bookstand to bookshelf.
We are interested in submissions from any period or focus within literary studies and related fields that engage with the following topics:
● Travel writing and journeys evoked in literature
● Pilgrimage, predestination and fate
● Temporality of memory and remembrance
● Diaspora, nation and homeland
● Circulation of texts, translation and reading across borders
● Literary traditions genealogies, and the arrival of texts in canons
● Literary networks and internationalisation
● Theoretical approaches to readership and authorship - the text as performative site
● Evolution of literary forms and genre conventions
● The writer’s oeuvre as teleology, and analyses of an author’s early vs. late styles
Oxford Research in English (ORE) is currently seeking papers of 5-8,000 words for its eleventh issue, to be released in Autumn 2020. Please submit papers for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 1st March 2020. We ask that submitted articles be formatted using MHRA.
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Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online journal for postgraduate and early career scholars in English, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and related disciplines. All submissions are peer-reviewed by current graduate students at, or associated with, the University of Oxford.