Exploring/Expanding/Challenging the Postcolonial Canon

deadline for submissions: 
January 24, 2024
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Postcolonial Studies Association newsletter
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The Lonely Londoners (1956); Things Fall Apart (1958); Wide Sargasso Sea (1967); Midnight’s Children (1981); A Small Place (1988); The God of Small Things (1997); Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)...

Though certainly not a complete list, this is a short list that most would agree are classics of postcolonial literature. These works range from seventeen years to almost seventy years in age. In the next PSA newsletter, we are interested in reflections of the postcolonial – What are the limits of the label Postcolonial? What postcolonial fiction and fiction that cannot be properly considered post-colonial but explores ongoing colonialism do you see as classic or so new that it has the potential to become a classic? What other works should be included in the list? What makes literature classic? What qualities do we seek in determining works that have the making of classic postcolonial/decolonial literature? Have those criteria changed or should they?

We are thus seeking contributions that explore/ expand/ challenge the Postcolonial canon through analysis of one or more texts - including critical essays, fiction, poetry, drama, memoirs, films and other media platforms. Original contributions should be between 700 and 1,200 words and should be fully referenced using Harvard Referencing Style. Please also send a 100-word biographical statement.

We are also looking for book reviews in relation to any books in the field of postcolonial studies which were published within the last 5 years. Reviews should be between 500 and 1,000 words and should be fully referenced using Harvard Referencing Style.

The deadline for submissions is 24th January 2024.

Please submit your contribution via email to the PSA Newsletter editorial team: Francesca Mussi franci.mussi86@gmail.com and Jennifer Gray jgray@tntech.edu