31/03/17 – CFC “Other Souths on page and screen”

call for contributions the other south

In the 1993 inaugural issue of Southern Cultures Harry Watson and John Shelton Reed claimed in “The Front Porch” that “although it may be said that there is one South, there are also many Souths, and many cultural traditions among them … There is one South spawned by its many cultures”

What, when & where

CFP: “Other Souths on Page and Screen” of the Polish Journal for American Studies (PJAS) Special Issue

The proposed themed issue of Polish Journal for American Studies does not seek a holistic image of the South, because “[e]ach of these monistic concepts is true within its own limits, and each is false as a picture of the entire region. For each of these concepts has been an attempt to bind together a heterogeneous land and a varied people through the application of a Procrustean model made of monistic and simplistic – although often highly sophisticated – generalizations” (Holman, The Roots 97). Keeping in mind the inexhaustibility and complexity of the South as a region, the special issue of Polish Journal for American Studies aims to reexamine and reassess the image of Other Souths presented in literature, cinematography and popular culture. Offering different renderings of the region, the contributions may include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following themes:

  • the poor white South
  • Appalachia and its cultural specificity
  • Native Americans of the American South
  • “interstitial” racial/ethnic identities (especially Asian and Hispanic)
  • multiethnic identities
  • immigration into the Dixie
  • the Caribbean connection – the South resituated in the Global South (the American South as part of the larger plantation region of the Caribbean)
  • the Southernness of Texas and Florida
  • the South as the Northern projection versus Southern self-image
  • (fading) masculinity, tomboys, and the Queer South
  • silence / silencing – as mode of representation
  • Southern gothic, grotesque, black humor

Deadline & how to apply

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2018

Authors are cordially invited to submit a 200 word abstract and short bio via email to urszula.niewiadomska.flis@gmail.com

The email should bear the subject line “(surname): abstract for PJAS.”

All abstracts will be subject to review. Authors will be notified by 15 May, 2018

Articles are due by August 31, 2018

Other info, Links & conditions

Formal condition of acceptance:

Manuscripts of accepted articles should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

All papers undergo a review process, and the editors reserve the right to refuse papers or to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication.

Research articles should generally not exceed 8,000 words (inclusive of notes, references, and illustrations). Citations should follow MLA. In addition to endnotes, a list of works cited at the end of the article is requested.

Please address questions and submissions to the guest editor:

Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis urszula.niewiadomska.flis@gmail.com

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