deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2022
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Research project "Literature and Globalization 2 (LYG2): Communities of Waste"
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The Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (RCEI) seeks two more submissions for a special issue on “Toxic Tales: Narratives of Waste in Post-Industrial North America,” guest-edited by Elsa del Campo Ramírez (Universidad Nebrija) and Sara Villamarín-Freire (Universidade da Coruña), to be published in spring 2023. 

Articles are expected to be 6,000-7,000 words in length and should be submitted by November 30th. Questions and submissions should be sent to Sara ( or Elsa (


In the late 20th century, we have witnessed a “shift from a culture defined by its production to a culture defined by its waste,” as Cythia Deitering puts it, a development most visible in the US. On the other hand, even as garbage and toxicity have become more and more pervasive, the “slow violence” (Nixon) of the environmental degradation mandated by the global capitalist paradigm of growth has remained strangely slippery, difficult to grasp and reflect in artistic representations. It has thus become an urgent need to explore those narratives that not only attempt to capture the degradation of the environment, but also focus on those human communities that have become residual or waste(d). In this special number of RCEI we would like to pay attention to the “narratives of waste” produced in North America. A recent approach that can prove fruitful in such a pursuit is that of “Waste Theory,” a critical framework that allows scholars to grapple with the dire consequences that our globalized economy of waste has for both human beings and the entire planet. “Waste Theory” is largely indebted to philosophical theorizations of modernity, globalization and community (Agamben, Bauman, Marcuse, Nancy), but also to ecocritical schools of environmental justice (Adamson, Martínez Alier, Nixon), toxic discourse and waste studies (Buell, Deitering, Morrison, Phillips, Sullivan, Wallace).


Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Toxic landscapes and areas of waste

- Residual postmodernity in North American literature

- Environmental violence in the age of globalization

- The natural/human scapegoat in a wasted neoliberal context

- Dirt theory and dystopic fiction

- Ecocritical perspectives on (un)altered landscapes

- Environmental health/justice in the context of global capitalism

- Marginal and residual communities in a liquid cartography

- Necropolitics and ecocriticism



Proposal submissions must be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts will be written in English, and they should be approximately 6,000 to 7,000 words in length, inclusive of endnotes and Works Cited, and have 1” margins and double-spacing throughout.

All proposals must follow the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) guidelines, available on this link:

Submissions will be peer-reviewed and final acceptance decisions will be based on relevance, quality, innovative content, and the originality of research approaches and results.