Animal Studies in Literature

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies
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Mit allen Augen sieht die Kreatur

das Offene. Nur unsre Augen sind

wie umgekehrt und ganz um sie gestellt

als Fallen, rings um ihren freien Ausgang.

Rilke, Duineser Elegien, Die achte Elegie

Today, beyond the studies that focus on human-beings, various fields of social sciences show an exponentially growing interest in the studies that particularly look into animals and/or their places in the human experience. Animals that have been neglected so long by the scholars have, in recent years, been studied, through novel perspectives, within the fields of history, literature, cinema and even law. In this sense, we think that new and interdisciplinary studies on animals that have reflections in every genre of literature will undoubtedly contribute even more to the understanding and knowledge of animals in literature.

Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies, hoping to make original contributions to literature studies, wishes to open a new page for the field with its first issue, which will be on the animal studies – a field of study in the making. Therefore, we invite all researchers to send us their studies on the following (or any other related) topics until 1 August 2021. The submissions should be sent to nesir@samsun.edu.tr. Nesir Journal welcomes articles out of the special issue, such as articles, book reviews, questionnaires, panel discussions, and conversations that address contemporary issues of literature. 

● Criticism of the anthropocentric perspective through animals,

● The history of animal studies within literature studies,

● Representations of animals and animal-related images, metaphors, and symbols in fiction,

● Animal-human encounters/relations in fictional texts and the problem of ethics,

● Fictional texts that transform humans to animals or animals to humans,

● Possibilities/attempts of comprehension, representation of animals and animal experiences through literature,

● Animals in myths and folktales,

● Linguistic (grammatical, onomasiological, etc.) analysis of animal-related corpus and language-culture relationships,

● Animals of speculative literature: mutants, imaginary creatures, monsters, dragons, etc. in literary texts,

● Animal metaphors and allegorical expressions of animals in literary texts,

● Obscurity of the animal body and its relationship with literary language,

● Animal subjectivity and its relationship with literary subjectivity,

● Animals' perception of space and time and their relations with literature,

● Biodiversity and ecocritical studies of the human-animal relationship in the context of literary texts.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES All the papers must be sent to nesir@samsun.edu.tr. Format/ Font: MS Word in Times New Roman 12 point (Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition). All the papers must be original, unpublished and written within 3,000-7,500 words. An abstract in 75-150 words and 5-8 keywords should be embedded within the paper. Each paper should include a cover letter suggesting the name of the author, along with a brief bio, not exceeding 50 words. The name of the author and co-author (if any) must not be written or suggested anywhere except the cover letter. The paper should be original and must have a proper bibliography and work cited section. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. Any suggested revisions by the editor and peer reviewers must be returned in two weeks without delay. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.   

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