CALL FOR ARTICLES, REVIEWS, AND INTERVIEWS
TEXT MATTERS: A JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, THEORY AND CULTURE
Published by the University of Łodź in Poland
Special Themed Issue
Rogues in Texts; Texts as Rogue (Roguery in Literature and Film)
Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary)
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:
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