The Review of English and American Literature: Special Issue on The Immaterial

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
The English and American Literature Association (EALA), Taiwan
contact email: 

The Review of English and American Literature

Call for Papers

Special Issue: The Immaterial

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2022




Despite its ample focus on bodies and materiality, contemporary theory, which informs so much of our literary analysis, does not dismiss the material as immaterial. Indisputably, conceptions and representations of the immaterial abound in philosophy, literature, television, and almost every other discourse and medium. In the meantime, the way we address questions is significantly changed. For instance, exactly what immaterial states and entities are? How do they relate to and interact with material ones? How are individual selves split from, or connected to, each other and larger collectives? How does the materiality of literature, the leaves, the (digital) ink—but also its intangible forms and genres, senses and meanings—form and deform our psychology and interactions with others? The immaterial is an interface upon which infinite ideas can be cast.

The English and American Literature Association (EALA) and the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University hosted an international conference on the theme of the immaterial on October 30, 2021. This special issue invites the conference presenters as well as other scholars to contribute papers that explore the representations of the immaterial in English and American literature. REAL accepts manuscripts written in either Chinese or English.


*  Please submit the manuscript online at submission, or email it to The manuscript should be in Word format and well paged, include a Chinese and an English title, a Chinese abstract (350 to 400 words), an English abstract (200 to 250 words) as well as Chinese and English keywords (3 to 5 items). A cover letter should be attached, stating the author’s Chinese and English name, name and the address of his or her affiliation, as well as the corresponding contact information, address, email, and phone/ fax number.

*  A submission in Chinese should be no more than 20,000 words. A submission in English should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words (including Works Cited and footnotes). The paper should follow the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. All submitted papers will go through double-blind review process. There must be no indication of personal identity or other related information. If the paper contains any copyrighted material (such as photos or pictures), the author is solely responsible for obtaining written permission for the material.


*  The same manuscript should not be submitted to more than one journal; papers having been published elsewhere shall not be submitted. A paper which has been published previously in another language will not be accepted even if it is translated into Chinese. REAL will consider submissions containing material that has formed part of an unpublished PhD or other academic thesis, but the author should check relevant policies regarding graduation requirements or applications for promotion and MOST grants.


*  Violations of the journal policies listed above and any contraventions of academic integrity will result in either rejections or restrictions of future publication with the REAL.


*  The author will not receive payment for a published paper. Two copies of the issue in which the paper appears will be provided to the author upon publication. Papers published in the REAL will be included in digital databases constructed by companies in collaboration with EALA. These databases are for academic purposes only.