Intertextuality as Intersectional Praxis

deadline for submissions: 
May 25, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Edited volume

Intertextuality as Intersectional Praxis: Edited Volume


Sara Ahmed claims that an inclusive citational practice brings forward the work of often under-represented scholars, histories, voices, and communities. Bringing Ahmed into conversation with the foundational work of Roland Barthes, we wonder if it is perhaps time to at last consider resurrecting the author, as the editors of this volume contend that the artistic mode of intertextual engagement might also offer a form of equally intersectional praxis. Intertextuality as Intersectional Praxis addresses the ethical stakes of adapting, (re)writing, and/or responding the complicated “ec(h)onomies”, practices, histories, counter-memorials, figures, styles, tones, and of course, prior or contemporary texts or media. Can intertextuality lead to the creation of constellations, networks, or communities that exist within or outside traditional structures, hierarchies, or epistemologies as we currently understand them?  This volume seeks to offer a translational or transformational alternative to Harold Bloom’s anxious model of influence, while recognizing the possibility that the unconscious or consciousness of the author(s) may still be fixated upon this, particularly in light of recent scholarly debates about methodology and public concerns about the influences of “fake news” and “cancel culture”. We welcome proposals in which intertextuality is reconceived as a mode of intersectional engagement that opens avenues for directing our attention to broader discourses of inclusion and exclusion in cultures, institutions, and communities.   


Abstracts of 500 words maximum may be sent (along with a brief 100-word bio) to editors Christin Mulligan and Katherine Ebury at by Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Completed essays of no more than 6000-7000 words will be due by Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  Relevant topics of interest might include:

  • (Inter)textual genealogies and lines of flight (particularly of feminist, queer, and minor[ity] literatures)

  • Canonicity and canon formation/deconstruction 

  • Histories, legacies, and futurities of influence

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to influence and (inter)textual studies

  • Anxieties and other emotions with regard to influence in the past, present, and/or future

  • Cross-currents of cultural influence and translational/linguistic concerns

  • The influence of the body and mind

  • The influence of racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and/or cultural identity (as well as the refusal or rejection of identitarian affiliations, politics, policies, and/or practices)

  • The influence of sexuality and desire (or the absence or lack thereof)

  • Social/familial influences and cultural movements/activism (e.g., the Keats-Shelley circle, the Brontës, the Yeats-Gregory circle, the Harlem Renaissance, the Mitfords, the Combahee River Collective, BLM, #MeToo)

  • (De-)colonizing, (anti-)racist, (anti-)feminist, Indigenous, and/or addressing white supremacist and other (non-)inclusive curricula

  • The influence of other artistic, visual, aural, and/or mixed media (e.g., ekphrasis, reader-response, etc.)

  • The influence of various technologies, influencing itself, posting, chat, and/or other forms of internet culture as intertextual modes

  • Environmental/animal/place-based influence, conservation/industrialization, and/or the Anthropocene

  • The influence of nationalism, fascism, democracy, socialism, and/or other relevant political moments; legislative, institutional, corporate, and/or social  policies 

  • Anthropological, economic, psychological,  sociocultural, and/or other social scientific influences

  • Legal, political, ethical, moral, scientific, and/or philosophical influences and debates historically, in the present, and looking forward

  • Censorship and artistic/editorial/educational/sociocultural/scientific praxis and engagement