Republic of Literature, Literature of Republic

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2023
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Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, Nesir: Journal of Literary studies will dedicate its fifth issue to the theme of “Republic of Literature, Literature of Republic.” In this issue, the journal delves into Turkey’s republican experience and its manifestations and effects on fictional and non-fictional literary productions, as well as their reception, in comparison to similar experiences in other countries. In addition to examining the relationship between literature and politics, the issue encourages critical, historical, and interdisciplinary perspectives to be applied to the concept of the “autonomy of literature.”

The issue also explores literary expressions of the concept of “republic” prior to modern republics and its use to facilitate cross-cultural exchange and dialogue. As such, the journal welcomes discussions on the compatibility or divergence of “world literature” and “republican” ideologies in order to examine the interconnectedness of literature and “republic” in a multifaceted context.

Nesir invites submissions of research articles or notes, critical essays, translated articles and book reviews in Turkish or English on the following topics to be submitted to until August 1, 2023.

  • Reception of the concept of republic in literature
  • Comparative republican literatures in world literature
  • World literature and national literatures
  • The question of literary autonomy in republican literature
  • Canon and anti-canon in republican literature
  • The “others,” foreigners, immigrants, and minorities in republican literature
  • Monolingualism and multilingualism in republican literature
  • Gender in republican literature
  • Imagining past, present and future in republican literature
  • Representations of religion and religiosity in republican literature
  • Literary genres, emergent and evolving, in republican literature
  • The movement towards nationalization of literature
  • Politics of culture, language and literature in republican era
  • Literary salons, poetics and manifestos in republican era
  • Periodicals and literary journals of republican era
  • Literary translation in republican era
  • Publishing activities in republican era
  • Censorship and self-censorship in republican literature
  • Literary historiography in republican era

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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