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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 11:05:24 -0500
Subject: CFP for Fall on Your Knees


ALL FOR PAPERS: CANADIAN REVIEW OF AMERICAN STUDIES

 SPECIAL ISSUE: FALL ON YOUR KNEES

 GUEST EDITORS: DINA GEORGIS, SARA MATTHEWS, TRISH SALAH

 Submissions are invited for a special issue of Canadian Review of American
 Studies on Ann-Marie MacDonald's _Fall On Your Knees_.

 Ann-Marie MacDonald's acclaimed novel, _Fall On Your Knees_, is a challenging
 articulation of the power and perversity of desire in constituting and
 disrupting cultural, racial, gendered and trans/national identities and
 communities. Against conventional renderings of Nova Scotia as a culturally
 isolated and racially homogeneous "New Scotland", Fall On Your Knees
 centres a turn of the century Cape Breton mining town as a fractured and
 fractious node in the circuits of early twentieth century migration,
 capital and cultural exchange. Similarly, Fall On Your Knees complicates
 the usual allocation of queer subjects to the privileged if liminal
 confines of the modernist metropolis, embedding queer and gender
 transgressive itineraries in a rich ecology of familial, community, labour,
 ethnic, economic, national, media and diasporic relations, wending between
 sites diverse as Cape Breton coal fields and Harlem speakeasys, the islands
 of the Caribbean and the French trenches in the First World War, Jewish
 Montreal and prewar Beirut.

 We invite essays that takes up _Fall On Your Knees_ from a broad range of
 theoretical, critical and disciplinary perspectives on such themes as:

 Writing in the diasporas and national attachment; transculturation and the
 Black Atlantic; multi-ethnic (Arab/Black/Gaelic/Jewish/etc.) Canadas;
 trauma and narrative; narrative configurations of incest and miscegenation;
 Queer and Transgender identities; social histories of Nova Scotia; Black
 Canadian engagement with the Harlem Renaissance; cinematic technologies and
 (counter) cultures of modernity; the Post-Colonial Gothic.

 If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, papers should
 be 4500 to 6250 words in length and employ the MLA citation style. Please
 send two hard copies and a disk in Word or WP format by March 1, 2001
 to:

Canadian Review of American Studies
Carleton University, Department of English
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1S 5B6
Attn:  _Fall on Your Knees_ Issue

Further inquiries to cras-AT-carleton.ca or dgeorgis-AT-yorku.ca

         



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