Call for Papers – Special issue of Literature/Film Quarterly (LFQ) -- Abuse and Neglect of Minors in Adaptations
Call for Papers – Special issue of Literature/Film Quarterly (LFQ)
Abuse and Neglect of Minors in Adaptations
The #MeToo movement alters society’s treatment of sexual abuse through encouraging an end to silence by creating space for voices to be heard, which helps identify both societal silence and failing to hear as allies of all forms of abuse. A pervasive silence concerning the abuse of minors thrives throughout the history of literature and film criticism. Children and adolescents are unable to advocate for their own interests in academia, which necessitates adult scholars to act as their voice. LFQ supports the creation of Abuse Studies to combat this lingering and unwanted silence through creating focused spaces where voices can be heard about all forms of abuse. This issue provides space for the concerns of sexually, physically, psychologically, emotionally, financially, or culturally abused or neglected minors to be heard; it does so with the hope that other academic publications, those that decide what courses will be taught, those that plan academic conferences, and anyone with the power to create space for conversations concerning abuse will help us create Abuse Studies in the humanities.
Choices about the abuse of a minor made in adaptations reveal a great deal about society’s attitude toward the subject. For the purposes of this special issue, the term "adaptation" is used broadly to refer to at least any and all texts adapted from historical or cultural events, journalistic works, and narrative mediums including, but not limited to, literature and film. The commercial pressures to create marketable art often considerably impact how adaptations portray abuse, particularly where children and adolescents are concerned. LFQ acknowledges that many voices on this subject may have not yet been heard and wishes to remain exceptionally open to considering anything related to the abuse or neglect of a minor that relates to an adaptation. Along with this flexibility, we offer some specific possible avenues of investigation for the prospective contributor to consider:
- Examinations of how an adaptation depicts abuse or neglect functioning in society and the implications of any dissonance or lack of dissonance from the source text
- Considering historical scholarship to reveal how instances of abuse were silenced or muffled in relationship to an adaptation
- Rethinking dominant understandings (scholarly and/or popular) of problematic texts that ‘hide’ abuse yet garner praise
- Expressing personal approaches to texts that help audiences and/or individual writers come to terms with abuse
- Interpretations of adaptations and their source material which reveal unique insights into the culture of silence surrounding the abuse of a minor
- Explorations of how the abuse of a minor intersects with issues of race, sexuality, gender, and/or any other identity markers
- Investigations concerning how censorship alters depictions of abuse in an adaptation
- Analysis explaining how different forms of abuse interact with one another within an adaptation
- To reemphasize, any approach that reveals what examining adaptations through a lens of abuse can offer
LFQ recommends both Sarah D. Goode’s monograph Pedophiles in Society: Reflecting on Sexuality, Abuse and Hope and G. Jeffrey O’Malley’s upcoming LFQ article “‘Prowled Rather than Passed’: Abuse and Veiled Social Mobility in Nabokov’s and Kubrick’s Lolita” to anyone looking to better understand the problematic nature of historical academic work related to the abuse of minors. In addition, we recommend Laura Finley’s monograph Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault in Popular Culture to those interested in a broad but impactfully detailed and nuanced overview of multiple abuse issues in varying forms of media.
250 word abstracts should be submitted to Jeff O’Malley at email@example.com by September 30th, 2022. Authors will be given six months from acceptance of their abstract to complete their articles. Articles should be between 6,000 and 7,000 words long. The issue is tentatively scheduled for publication early in 2024. We do not consider simultaneous submissions. The New MLA Style must be followed for documenting sources and listing them in Works Cited.
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