CFP # 9

CALL FOR ARTICLES, REVIEWS, AND INTERVIEWS

From

TEXT MATTERS: A JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, THEORY AND CULTURE

Pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Łodź in Poland

Edi­tor-in-Chief

Doro­ta Fil­ipczak

No. 9

Spe­cial Themed Issue

Rogues in Texts; Texts as Rogue (Roguery in Lit­er­a­ture and Film)

edit­ed by

Aritha van Herk (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­gary)

and

Van­ja Polić (Uni­ver­si­ty of Zagreb)

The fig­ure of the rogue has tra­di­tion­al­ly inflect­ed a genre con­cerned with the under­world, crim­i­nal and qua­si-crim­i­nal activ­i­ty. What is the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the rein­vig­o­rat­ed rogue, a vari­ant refus­ing to adhere to the norm, and how is she/he rep­re­sent­ed, explored, and deployed? In a cul­ture and at a time when mate­ri­al­ism and pol­i­tics enforce cat­e­gor­i­cal behav­iour, how do rogues embody dis­in­ter­est­ed think­ing, and push past the bound­aries of con­for­mi­ty and con­tain­ment?

This spe­cial issue solic­its papers inves­ti­gat­ing aspects of roguery in lit­er­a­ture and film. We look for exam­i­na­tions of the rogue that tran­scend and sub­vert the mark­ers of bad behav­iour, such as alco­holism, drug addic­tion, promis­cu­ity, or ill­ness; we seek papers that move beyond char­ac­ter stud­ies or inten­tion­al stereo­types. We invite explo­rations of nar­ra­tive inter­lop­ers, not so much char­ac­ters who break the rules but who bend them cre­ative­ly, char­ac­ters who know the rules but who slalom between the gaps. Papers might inves­ti­gate the cre­ative side of roguery or analyse how rogues break up soci­etal con­for­mi­ty, as well as how the texts they inhab­it per­form acts of sub­terfuge. How do such texts them­selves become rogue, for­mal artic­u­la­tions of recal­ci­trance?

This is not a call for papers about bad guys doing bad deeds, but an invi­ta­tion to recon­noi­ter the cre­ative and dynam­ic poten­tial of the space of dis­obe­di­ence, the temp­ta­tion of agency, and the tex­tu­al per­for­mance of unruli­ness. How do these texts embrace lim­i­nal­i­ty, that cross­ing of cat­e­gories dis­rup­tive of dom­i­nant sys­tems? How do they defy dis­cur­sive bound­aries, and nego­ti­ate the dif­fer­ences marked by reg­u­la­to­ry frame­works? 

Please send pro­pos­als (with the sub­ject line, PROPOSAL, TEXT MATTERS) of no more than 400 words to:  

vanherk@ucalgary.ca and vpolic@ffzg.hr

Dead­line for pro­pos­als: June 1, 2017

Dead­line for final essays: Feb­ru­ary 1, 2018

Dead­line for Revi­sions of Essays: July 1, 2018  Word lim­it for final essays: 4,000–7,000