CFP: Studies in American Jewish Literature: Special Issue on Canadian Jewish Writing

Call for Submissions

The peer-reviewed journal Studies in American Jewish Literature: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Theory is devoting a special issue to the subject of Canadian Jewish writing. Submissions are invited that consider the poetry, prose, drama, life writing, and creative non-fiction of Canadian Jewish writers. Papers on Yiddish writers, French writers, “lost” and lesser-known writers, canonical writers, and contemporary writers—poets, novelists, dramatists, memoirists, and essayists—are welcome.

In keep with the journal’s broad mandate—SAJL is interested in questions about the aesthetic and theoretical valences of identity; about the social, economic, cultural, and political history of literature; about professionalization, canon formation, genres, and periodicity; about gender and sexuality; about comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to ethnicity and identity; about reading, reception, pedagogy, and the institutions of interpretation; and about the politics of criticism—papers might consider the shifting quality of Canadian Jewish identity as it has been articulated in literary production of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that investigate representations of the Jew and Jewish culture in Canada are also welcome.

Submissions may explore the breadth and depth of Jewish Canadian writing from a range of theoretical and critical perspectives. Papers that draw on original archival research are especially welcome.

Papers of any length (10 pages and longer) are invited. Shorter, note-length papers and review essays may be acceptable. Double-space manuscripts throughout; acknowledgments should appear as the first (unnumbered) note. In general, the journal follows the recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2014. Please direct inquiries and/or suggestions to Guest Editor Ruth Panofsky at Completed manuscripts, together with an abstract and a brief biographical statement (100 words), should be submitted electronically to:

Professor Ruth Panofsky

Department of English

Ryerson University

350 Victoria Street

Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3