Volume 2 Issue 1 associate editors:
Call For Papers: How2 Volume 2, Issue 3 (August 2004)
Revisiting Nicole Brossard: Québécois Feminist Subjectivity in the 21 st Century
In her metafictive autobiographical essay, She Would Be the First Sentence of My Next Novel, Nicole Brossard establishes the temporal parameters of the écriture au féminin movement in Quebec as 1975-1982. As Peggy Kelly notes, Brossard added the au to the French term l'écriture féminine with the effect of stressing agency in a conscious assertion of feminine subjectivity. Correspondingly, in her work from this period, Brossard emphasizes the necessity of simultaneously inserting Woman into the symbolic order and women into urban space. It is no accident that Brossard dates the end of the movement in the year that saw the publication of her book Picture Theory, which Alice Parker has called a tour de force that could have no sequel. Despite the apparent demise of the movement, the work of Brossard 's écriture au féminin period continues to provoke compelling critical debate. Submissions on the following questions are invited for a special feature in the online journal How2.
Does the ontological project of inserting Woman into the symbolic order succeed or fail? Does the universalism of the construct Woman result in insensitivity to differences of race and class, and if so, can it be redeemeed? Does subversion of literary conventions constitute efficacious feminist praxis? Why have Brossard 's later prose works become more representational? What new and productive constellations can be discerned in her work among concepts such as: space, city, utopia, subjectivity, discourse, lesbian desire, representation and innovation? And, finally, does the contemporary generation of Québécois women writers extend, ignore, or fail to understand this earlier literary movement? These guidelines offer suggestions only; contributors should feel welcome to submit groundbreaking work on Brossard that explores alternative questions.
Submissions of 2500-5000 words should be sent electronically as RTF documents to the feature's co-editors by April 15, 2004: Dr. Jodi Lundgren (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and Dr. Kelly-Anne Maddox ( email@example.com ).
Papers must be written in English. Quotations must be translated into English. When possible, the official translations are preferable. Submissions should be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 point font. Surname and page number should appear in the top right hand corner of each page. Parenthetical citations and Works Cited should follow the MLA format, with footnotes kept to a minimum. Please include name, institutional affiliation and a brief biographical note on a separate sheet.
Volume 2 Issue 2 (December 2003) will include the following features:
Invitation to contribute to 'sites of resistance'
Where are the sites of poetic resistance and dissent? What is their architecture or ecology? How do we locate them? And what is the use of poetic fabrication anyway? Will it save us from attack? Can we live in it? Sleep in it? A lyric sofa bed? A narrative safe haven? Whom do we cite there and what is her design? What is textual subsidence? Show us poetic maps at odds with existing territorial zones. Redraw the sightlines!
Texts do not have to relate specifically to 9/11 or its aftermath, but
Work should be sent to me in hard-copy A4 with a disk, or by email. It needs to be accompanied by a short working note, a short bio and if at all possible - a photo sent as .jpg file.
How(2) is also able to run sound and video files.
Deadline is: 15 December 2003
Frances Presley at firstname.lastname@example.org
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD:
Pam Brown (AUS): email@example.com