The Review of English and American Literature: Special Issue on In/hospitality

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 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: In/hospitality

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2022



In the era of Covid-19, we are often forced to enter a state of in/hospitality while taking measures, including quarantine, to control and prevent the pandemic. The relationship between hospitality and inhospitality is, however, not based on binary oppositions but rather ambiguous. The impact of COVID-19 serves as a starting point to re-think issues related to the unexpected, invisible, or unknown strangers and strange objects that we might see, confront, or learn to live with in our daily life. In English and American literature, from the ancient period to the contemporary, we can also find plenty of works that portray the outsiders, strange animals, plants, bacteria, machines, and supernatural power, as exemplified by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Dickinson’s poetry, cyberpunk, postcolonial, and post-apocalyptic fiction.

The English and American Literature Association (EALA) and the Department of English at National Kaohsiung Normal University will host a conference on “The Era of In/hospitality” on October 29, 2022. This special issue invites the conference presenters as well as other scholars to contribute papers that examine the boundaries between the “self” and “others” or between the “subject” and “object” 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 8th 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.


*  Prior to submission, read “Publication Ethics” on our website. Violations of the journal policies 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.