NeMLA Publication Opportunities

NeMLA will advertise the publication endeavors that emerge from our yearly convention. Email us your call for papers for any proposed volumes built from presentations at any session given at NeMLA. Please include the name of the originating session and the year it was held at NeMLA.

"Language of the Unheard": Riot on the American Cultural Stage (Abstracts due August 1)

Articles sought for this proposed edited volume of essays addressing the following questions:

How does a riot speak?  How do we articulate and explore the riot as news, art, event, and mechanism for social change?  How do riots redefine urban landscapes and the ways in which we inhabit and express them?  How and why have American literary and cultural works illuminated cities and communities rocked by injustice and riot as a mode of protest or giving voice to what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the language of the unheard.”

Papers on riot in literary and theatrical works as well as in other contemporary media and social spheres are welcome.  This volume will ideally include papers on race-based riots and revolts as well as on the literature and voices of the Stonewall Riots and the Gay Liberation Movement, the Zoot Suit Riots, the Haymarket and other labor movement riots and earlier American riots.  Papers with an emphasis on urban, cultural, and ethnic, and Queer studies approaches and cross-cultural approaches to the phenomenon of the riot are likewise welcome.  Creative pieces on riot for an artist’s “annex” to this book also invited.

Please email abstracts by August 1, articles by October 1.

Queries welcome!

Susan Gilmore, Associate Professor of English, Central Connecticut State University, gilmores@ccsu.edu

"Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries" (Abstracts due August 15)

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries. The volume will be edited by Susan Austin, Associate Professor of English at Landmark College in Putney, VT.

Nostalgia for an imagined and glorious past has influenced the evolution of stories about King Arthur and his court for centuries.  According to the moods and needs of the period, new characters were added to demonstrate or question the excellence of these paragons, or to replace those who had perhaps become too human or simply gone out of style.  New plot motifs, such as the search for the grail and Lancelot’s love for Guinevere became part of the legend.

The past hundred years has brought the legend of King Arthur to Broadway, television, comedy, and Disney; countless authors have appropriated or reimagined the legend and elements from it. How have films, television shows, games, comics, and books for all audiences and ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values?  What do recent retellings and appropriations of Arthurian legend tell us about ourselves and the generations immediately preceding us?  How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values?  What do we want and need from King Arthur and his court?

Possible contributions may include the following topics (non-comprehensive list, open to suggestions):

  • How do references to and re-imaginings of Arthurian legend appear in literature, film, television and popular culture in general from 1960 onward?
  • How have films, games, comics, and books for all ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots?

Deadline for abstracts: August 15, 2018

How to submit your abstract

Please submit one-page proposals including an annotated summary, a short biographical note and (if available) a list of similar titles.

For further questions or to submit your proposal, you can write to SAustin@landmark.edu.

A paper that has been published previously may not be included.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. Our mission is to serve the community of academic and professional scholars by providing a visible, quality platform for the dissemination of emergent ideas. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles. For more information, visit www.vernonpress.com.

"Complications of Eating: Investigating (In)digestion in Literature and Film" (Abstracts due September 5)

As recent literary and cultural critics have shown, food, and its presence in literature and film, is not solely linked to corporeal survival. The relationship between food and the body is also one of chemical and physical processes, and of tolerance and rejection (both individual and societal). Food—eating, preparation, choice—therefore also embodies social and cultural nuances and, in their evolution, processes of change. What is more, in the acts of consumption and digestion, food can re-emerge in various, and often socially taboo, ways and, in so doing, highlight sociocultural boundaries and normativities. In other words, food not only reflects on individual biological needs, but it also exposes larger social ontologies. As such, food, eating, and (in)digestion are crucial lenses through which to analyze societies and Culture.

With this in mind, this volume seeks to address the multifaceted ways in which authors and filmmakers across cultures, from the late 19th century to today, have employed food tropes as a means of opening pathways for the discussion of social (in)digestion. As this volume aims to assess, the process of digestion is not merely physiological; it is also a process that resonates with sociocultural histories and individual positionalities within a society. For example, we may recall the indigestible qualities of racial bodies within early twentieth-century Brazilian society, such as the mulatto body of 1930s São Paulo portrayed in Patrícia Galvão's novel Parque Industrial (1933). Meanwhile, in Salò (1975), Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini revisits the oppression of fascism through the forced consumption of inedible and abject objects, such as feces and nails. In addition, this volume seeks to also consider themes of food refusal and the stakes of controlling one's own body in a world where personal choices are increasingly governed and thwarted.

With these critical routes in mind, this volume aims to explore literary and filmic tropes of food and (in)digestion, in order to continue to expose modalities of coexistence and oppression not readily apparent. In this vein, we seek submissions that analyze the use of tropes of (in)digestion in literature and film as a means to disseminate critical reflections on more macrocosmic issues. We especially welcome cross-cultural and comparative approaches rooted in gender studies, critical race studies, socioeconomic and political systems, and ecocriticism.

Abstracts are due via email September 5, 2018; accepted articles of 7,000-8,000 words in length will be due February 4, 2019.

Serena J. Rivera, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, ser86@pitt.edu

Niki Kiviat, Department of Italian, Columbia University, nak2127@columbia.edu