deadline for submissions: 
February 1, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies
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Guest Editors:

Yalçın Armağan (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul)

Zeynep Zengin (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul)

Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies’ fourth issue is dedicated to the exploration of “autobiography,” a literary genre that stands between fiction and reality, subjectivity and objectivity, individualism and collectivism, and narrative and history. Having gained a central stage in the literary theories that emerged after the 1960s, autobiography is often informed by genre, text and cross-genre breedings, as it concerns itself with the experience, temporality, memory, remembrance and testimony. The issue aims to highlight all these concepts, which are explored by various theoretical schools and disciplines, in relation to autobiographical writing.

Against this background, the issue accepts submissions of articles, research notes, critical essays and book reviews written in English or Turkish until February 1st, 2023. The issue also welcomes translated articles (from Turkish into English and vice versa). All submissions should be done through the electronic submission page on the website

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Autobiography as a literary genre
  • The question of cross-genre influences in autobiographies
  • The limits of self narratives/ego documents
  • Theories on autobiography
  • “Fictional selves” in autobiographical texts
  • Fiction in autobiography, autobiography in fiction
  • Representations of memory in autobiography
  • Experience, remembrance and testimony in autobiography
  • The literature of autobiography in Turkey
  • Autobiographic items in Ottoman literature (mecmuas, tezkires etc.)
  • Autobiograhy in modern Turkish literature
  • Comparative autobiography studies in world literature
  • Women’s experiences in autobiographies
  • Autobiography as a reading/textual contract
  • The crisis of subjectivity vs. objectivity in autobiographies

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  All submissions should be done through the electronic submission page on the website Format/ Font: MS Word in Times New Roman 12 point (Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition). All the papers must be original, unpublished and written within 3,000-7,500 words. An abstract in 75-150 words and 5-8 keywords should be embedded within the paper. Each paper should include a cover letter suggesting the name of the author, along with a brief bio, not exceeding 50 words. The name of the author and co-author (if any) must not be written or suggested anywhere except the cover letter. The paper should be original and must have a proper bibliography and work cited section. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. Any suggested revisions by the editor and peer reviewers must be returned in two weeks without delay. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed. 

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