Submissions

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.

Essays will be reviewed by external readers.  All submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please submit double-spaced, 12-point font, .doc file abstracts and submissions to our Editorial Manager site: http://www.edmgr.com/eln/. Please omit identifying information from all pages except the cover page, as we use a blind review process.

For general questions about submissions, please email: eln2@colorado.edu.

ACTIVE SUBMISSION CALLS:

“Cartographies of Dissent”
Resistance and Revolution in the Transnational Imaginary
English Language Notes 52.2 (Fall/Winter 2014)

In recent years, the transitive practice of “worlding” literary studies has often, implicitly or explicitly, presupposed a globalized cartography.  Global literary forms are symbolically mediated in the peripheries of the world-system (Moretti); global cultural capitals bestow the status of littérarité on the otherwise not-quite-literatures of the world (Casanova); global cosmopolitan norms determine the ethico-political viability of third-world texts for domestic audiences (Brennan); global literary markets publish postcolonial texts on the basis of their exotic or authentic commercial appeal (Brouillette, Huggan); and globalization itself, its capitalist sublime, demands the reinvention of comparative literature from a planetary perspective (Spivak).  Et cetera.  While certainly critical, such approaches bear the largely unacknowledged, unexamined weight of a cartographic imagination that has been historically in the service of the very structures of power they criticize.  As early as Orientalism, Edward Said foregrounded the overlaps between the cartographic impulse, what he called “imaginative geography”, and the imperial impulse to designate boundaries and define others.  Along with the category of “literature” itself as forged in the crucible of philological orientalism (Mufti), can what might be called “cartographic orientalism” also be considered part of the political unconscious of world literature?  Through its globalized cartography, does world literature inevitably, as Djelal Kadir suggests, “circumscribe the world into manageable global boundedness”?

This special issue of English Language Notes builds on the previous, “Imaginary Cartographies” (ELN 52.1, Spring/Summer 2014), edited by Karen Jacobs, but seeks to redirect its investigation of cartography to the problematic of world literature.  The questions of geographical scale, historical scope, and methodology that have animated this field might, we contend, be fruitfully reassessed through close critical attention to the uses and misuses of mapping therein.  Through such attention, we aim to envision alternative cartographies of world literature, what we call “cartographies of dissent”, that cut across, intersect, or elude the circuits of globalization.

English Language Notes welcomes essays, shorter position papers, clusters, roundtable discussions, book reviews, and other forms of scholarly inquiry related to the issue’s theme.  Contributions are welcome from scholars working across the fields of literary studies, and from those in other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and beyond.

Questions contributors may wish to address include, but are not limited to:

Please submit abstracts of 500 words to the guest editor, Karim Mattar (karim.mattar@colorado.edu), by December 15th 2013, including the following information:

-       Name

-       Institutional affiliation

-       Contact details

-       Brief bio

-       Format of contribution (essay / position paper / cluster / roundtable / review / etc.)

-       Description of contribution

Specific inquiries about this special issue should also be addressed to the guest editor.

Final submissions are due by April 1st, 2014.  Essays will be reviewed by external readers.  All submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please submit double-spaced, 12-point font, .doc file abstracts and submissions to our Editorial Manager site: http://www.edmgr.com/eln/. Please omit identifying information from all pages except the cover page, as we use a blind review process.

 

 

“Sexing the Left”
English Language Notes 53.1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Sex is everywhere – even on the left.  Then why have many of us been so heedless of its presence there, or so reluctant to acknowledge it?  Even in scholarship where the left is at its most sexual, and sex is at its most left, there are unexplored avenues, missed encounters.  Queer critiques of capitalism frequently eschew or marginalize figures, events, and histories that are central to left scholarship, and sexuality has an uneven presence in left studies, which has tenaciously explored the intersections of race, gender, and class.  Yet separately, and to a much lesser extent together, both research on radicalism and scholarship on sexuality have been key to theorizing and historicizing politics and identity, gender and sex, culture and the political economy, racial formations and class contradictions.

This issue of ELN invites discussion across a range of disciplines, eras, and geographies on the convergences and divergences between studies of the left and of sexuality.  In thinking through and perhaps within the aporia of left sex and the sexual left, what new ways of sensing, relating to, and revolutionizing our world(s) might arise?  Bringing the left to bear on sexuality, we intend to build on exciting developments of queer Marxism and political-economic analysis.  In the spirit of such work, we wish to explore the interpenetrations of sexuality, race, and capitalism, and to rethink concepts of value, production, reproduction, reification, and totality.  However, we also invite contributors to consider how left figures and movements worldwide since the inception of left politics have grappled with sexuality as a site of struggle, intervention, and re-imagining.  What histories of sexuality, what forms of queer critique emerge from the left?  How might queer and sexuality studies be enriched through plumbing leftist culture, politics, and history?  Bringing sexuality to bear on radicalism, we are indebted to and encourage left scholarship’s engagement with LGBT histories.  But we also wonder how left studies can avail itself more productively and promiscuously of sexuality and queer studies.  How might we review radical writing through queer reworkings of Marxism or through theorizations of identity, difference, pleasure, and liberation within scholarship on sexuality?  How do internationalist, anticolonial, and anti-imperialist movements traverse sexual revolutions and crises?

We solicit position papers and essays of no longer than twenty-five manuscript pages, including shorter notes and reviews.  We also encourage collaborative work and papers that are submitted together as topical clusters or a roundtable discussion among contributors.

Essays will be reviewed by external readers.  All submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please submit double-spaced, 12-point font, .doc file abstracts and submissions to our Editorial Manager site: http://www.edmgr.com/eln/. Please omit identifying information from all pages except the cover page, as we use a blind review process.

Specific inquiries regarding issue 53.1 may be addressed to its editors Cheryl Higashida (cheryl.higashida@colorado.edu), Gary Holcomb (holcomb@ohio.edu), and Aaron Lecklider (aaron.lecklider@umb.edu).  More information about English Language Notes can be found at http://english.colorado.edu/englishlanguagenotes/

Interested contributors are welcome to submit inquiries and abstracts before May 1, 2014.  The deadline for papers is October 1, 2014.