ELN Guide to Submissions
Beginning with its first issue of 2006, “Literary History and the Religious Turn,” English Language Notes has switched to a special-issue format, to be edited in turn by a member of the editorial collective. We will no longer be accepting unsolicited manuscripts, except in response to Calls for Papers for particular issues which are posted to the UPENN and H-Net listserves and our website. Please do not submit material already published or under consideration elsewhere. All accepted articles and reviews are subject to proofreading and/or editing for length. ELN reserves the right to reject any article or review.
Submissions sent in response to our CFPs should use the stylistic conventions set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style. All bibliographic information should be embedded in Chicago-style endnotes. We DO NOT use the Works Cited and parenthetical reference format. Punctuation and spelling should follow American usage. Everything in the manuscript, including blocked quotations and notes, should be double-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font. Please use italics for all titles and use Arabic numerals to designate your endnotes.
All articles should be sent in hard copy and on a CD. No e-mail submissions are accepted. ELN does not pay for articles. Authors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears.
For general questions about submissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTIVE SUBMISSION CALLS:
ELN 52.1 Spring/Summer 2014
In recent decades the map has emerged as a key site of cultural and imaginative reworking, and yet the history of such symbolic mediations between humans and their spatial environment is also ancient and complex. Volume 52.1 of ELN (Spring/Summer 2014) will investigate “Imaginary Cartographies” across centuries and cultural contexts to explore a range of these symbolic mediations. “Imaginary Cartographies” includes those methods of mapping literary space that generate both imaginative and culturally revealing understandings of recognizable and/or created worlds and their modes of habitation. The term refers to actual as well as purely conceptual maps, and includes spaces of considerable variability: from the mapping of cosmic, global, or local space, to charting the spaces of the body or the page. Geographers have argued that the social history of maps, unlike that of literature, art, or music, has few genuinely popular, or subversive modes of expression because maps pre-eminently are a language of power, not of protest; in this view, the map remains a site of territorial knowledge and state power, authority and jurisdiction, social codes and spatial disciplines—one intent upon eliding its tactile and material conditions of production. “Imaginary Cartographies” welcomes approaches to mapping that complicate this account by considering subaltern or alternative cartographies—cartographies that elude, interrupt, or disperse forms of power, or serve not-yet-imagined spectrums of interests.
Contributors may wish to present recent research findings on particular writers, cultural figures, or texts, or they may venture insights on broadly defined subjects, such as the aesthetics or politics of imaginary cartographies in a particular cultural or historical instance; on what constitutes cartographic assumptions or practices about space, nature, cosmology, or exploration at particular historical moments; on how cartography intersects with broader issues of knowledge creation and management, or the history of capital and conquest; or on the entanglement of literary theory with debates about (digitally) mapping texts individually or categorically. Papers on literature and particular cartographic practices are welcome: e.g. psychogeography, geomancy, cognitive mapping, digital mapping, and so on. Actual maps that are in some way conversant with literary concerns are also welcome.
Winner of the Phoenix Award for Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2008, the biannual journal ELN (English Language Notes) has been devoted exclusively to special topics in all fields of literary and cultural studies since its redesign in 2006. Now a respected, peer-reviewed journal, the new ELN provides a unique forum for cutting-edge debate and exchange among university-affiliated and independent scholars, artists of all kinds, and academic as well as cultural institutions. The journal is particularly determined to revive and reenergize its traditional commitment to shorter notes, roundtable discussions, collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and all forms of scholarly innovation.
Position papers and essays of no longer than twenty-five manuscript pages are invited from scholars in all fields of literature, geography, history, philosophy, and the arts. Along with analytical, interpretive, and historical scholarship, we are also interested in creative work that moves traditional forms of literary analysis into new styles of critical writing. The editors also encourage collaborative work and are happy to consider works that are submitted together as topical clusters. Another format that we invite is a debate or conversation between or among contributors working on a related aspect of cartography.
Essays will be reviewed by external readers; all submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please email double-spaced, 12-point font, .pdf file submissions to to:
English Language Notes
Specific inquiries regarding issue 52.1 may be addressed to the issue editor, Karen Jacobs: (Karen.Jacobs@colorado.edu).
The deadline for inquiries and abstracts is November 1, 2013; submissions deadline is December 1, 2013.