FRAME 37.1 "Get Lit: A Celebration Issue"

deadline for submissions: 
November 24, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
FRAME Journal of Literary Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS             FRAME 37.1 “Get Lit: A Celebration Issue”

 

2024 marks FRAME’s 40th anniversary, an occasion that calls for acting out Kool & the Gang’s iconic hit “Celebration!” This song, according to Ronald Bell, the group’s saxophonist, was inspired by the Quranic sura in which the angels praise the Creation of Man (Aidi), thus following the millenia-old practice of lyrical celebration of God. FRAME’s next issue will engage with the many forms, rituals, and emotions of celebrating and commemorating. Celebrations can be more than expressions of delight: what a group celebrates is a reflection of their values and dreams, and celebration as such can be used to perpetuate certain beliefs within a group. As Elizabeth H. Pleck writes in her discussion on Victorian England’s turn from carnivalesque festivals to family-centred rituals, the latter “functioned as active agents of social change” (44). The decision on what is celebrated and what is not for achieving social change has remained important till today, as statues of racist figures are toppled around the world as acts against controversial celebrated histories (The New York Times).

For FRAME’s next issue, we would like to invite scholars of literary studies and related fields to consider the (textual) implications of celebration. How do literary texts (de)construct or reinforce what we deem celebratory? What perspectives do we perpetuate with the traditions and rituals we uphold and write about? Whose lives and works are deemed worthy of celebration? And what does the future we deem worth chasing look like according to our books? Themes and topics related to these questions might include, but are not limited to:

  • Celebrated literature: canon, literary prizes

  • Emotions and affects

  • Odes, Songs - Lyrical forms of celebration

  • Happy endings in literature

  • Cake, drink, drugs: celebrating by ingesting

  • Rituals, holidays, traditions

  • Controversial celebrations: the birth of club music, pandemic parties 

  • Memory-making                                                                      

  • Celebration as pedagogy and propaganda

  • Community, identity, belonging, nationalism

  • Celebrities

  • Ballroom, celebrating Queer/PoC spaces

  • Sacrifice, celebrating gods

  • Calendars, communal organisation of time

  • Ableism and ageism

  • Bacchanalia, Jouissance, pleasure-seeking

  • Utopias, progress narratives

  • Myths, folklore and fan fiction

  • Births and funerals

 

The above questions and concerns are only a few of the many themes that could be explored in the upcoming issue. However, we would like to stress that while FRAME encourages interdisciplinary and creative approaches, every submission should show a clear connection to literary studies, as we are a literary journal first and foremost.

If you are interested in writing for FRAME, please submit a brief proposal of max. 500 words by 24 November 2023. Proposals should include a thesis statement, general structure, and a preliminary reflection on the theories and discourses in which the argument will be situated. On the basis of all abstracts, contributors whose proposals are accepted will be notified by 23 November 2023 and asked to submit a draft version of the paper by 20 January 2024. Be mindful that we hold the right to reject draft versions to ensure consistency and coherence across all contributions to the issue. 

The deadline for the article’s first full version is 28 February 2024, after which the editing process begins. Articles in our main section, which is reserved for scholars with a doctoral degree, have a word limit of 6000 words, including bibliography and footnotes. For our Masterclass section, graduate and PhD students are invited to write up to a maximum of 4000 words. Please feel free to contact us at info@frameliteraryjournal.com, should you have any questions. More information about our journal, as well as our submission guidelines, can be found on our website: www.frameliteraryjournal.com

 

Works Cited

 

Aidi, Hisham. "Did Coltrane say ‘Allah Supreme’?" Al Jazeera, 9 Dec 2014. www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/12/9/did-coltrane-say-allah-supreme/

The New York Times. "How Statues Are Falling Around the World: Statues and Monuments that Have Long Honored Racist Figures are Being Boxed Up, Spray-painted — or Beheaded." New York Times, 24 June 2020.

Pleck, Elizabeth H. "Who Are We and Where Do We Come From? Rituals, Families, Identities." We Are What We Celebrate: Understanding Holidays and Rituals. Edited by Amitai Etzioni and Jared Bloom, NYU Press, 2004, pp. 43-60.