Guest Editors: Francesco Chianese and Cristina Di Maio
Only about ten years ago, in his inaugural speech, Barack Obama expounded a reassuring and quasi-utopian view of the United States, by claiming the “patchwork heritage” of the United States to be a strength, as well as the very fabric of its society. He thus drew the fire of those who maintained that such a position would inexcusably downplay the racial contradictions and inequalities that had marked the country’s history. And yet, in the same years, alternative standpoints ardently promoted the multicultural model, defined as an effective realization of cultural pluralism, and hybrid and post-ethnic frameworks were boldly being endorsed. In fact, ever since the Nineties, alongside great efforts to voice the perspective of cultural minorities, the critical discourse in various academic fields has at times highlighted a certain skepticism towards studies privileging an ethnic analytical framework for investigating social dynamics, cultural and literary texts, or even an inclusive multicultural perspective where diverse ethnic viewpoint could co-exist.
In the opening preface to the New York Edition of his fiction, James famously wrote: “Really, universally, relations stop nowhere, and the exquisite problem of the artist is eternally but to draw, by a geometry of his own, the circle in which they shall happily appear to do so. [. . .] Leggi tutto “01/03/2021 – CFS: Henry James Review 2021”
For a new journal dedicated to the study of American Literatures – AmLit – based at the University of Graz (https://amlit.eu/), with members on the General Board from universities all over Europe, we are looking for qualified scholars in American Studies interested in becoming reviewers for academic articles. If you are interested, you would be added to our pool of reviewers and be informed on a regular basis about essays in the blind reviewing process. The journal appears twice a year (March and October). Once in the reviewers’ board, you could, of course, still decline if your workload does not allow for reviewing or if the essay suggested to you does not fit into your research area. Leggi tutto “CFP: Reviewers for new academic journal AmLit – American Literatures”