Call for Papers - "The Uncanny"

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Posted by NetNews on April 14, 1997 at 12:51:25:



Para*doxa is seeking essays for an issue on "The Uncanny." The
issue will be guest edited by Michael Arnzen, Department of English,
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 .

Freud's essay on psychological terror and the arts, "The Uncanny"
(das Unheimliche), is a landmark text in critical and
psychoanalytical approaches to literature and media. While the
"Uncanny" has often been discussed in relation to gothic and horror
literature, Para*doxa is soliciting theoretically-informed essays
which extend these analyses and explore the Uncanny's manifestation
in popular culture at-large.

We are generally looking for appraisals and revisions of the
Freudian "Uncanny" as a theoretical approach to contemporary popular
literature and the media and will entertain a variety of views and
schools of thought. Essayists should not, therefore, limit their
scope to theoretical discourse or to psychoanalytical perspectives.
We prefer applied theoretical discussions -- essays which are written
in clear language, emphasizing the primary text(s) and genres under
discussion. While discussions of horror texts -- especially those
since 1945 -- are certainly welcome, we are seeking original
applications of theories of "The Uncanny" to a broad range of popular
genres, including (but not limited to): children's literature and
fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy literature, popular film and
television genres, animation and comics, electronic hypertext and the
Internet, advertising and political discourse, and so on.

Essays normally range from 5000 to 6500 words. The deadline for
submissions is May 1, 1997.


The following "Information for Contributors" is taken from the
inside back cover of the journal Para*doxa:

Para*doxa invites contributions on all aspects of genre literature
(written, oral, drawn or designed) which make a significant and
original contribution to the study of those genres.

Articles may be submitted in English, French or other languages, but
will normally be published in English. While acceptance of a
contribution may be based on an evaluation of the ms. in its original
language, a satisfactory translation of the accepted ms. into English
is the author's responsibility. Manuscripts should not normally
exceed 6,500 words. Style must conform generally to the MLA Style
Manual (1985). Para*doxa will regularize individual variations in
style. Foreign language quotes must be accompanied by glosses, i.e.,
translations into English in brackets. Authors must obtain written
permission for quoting unpublished or published material in excess of
fair use. In accordance with the journal's policy of blind
submission, the author's name and institution should appear only on
the title page. A one or two paragraph abstract on a separate sheet
of paper should precede the main body of the article. Upon
acceptance, authors of articles and book reviews are requested to
supply a final, clean copy on disk (Word or Word Perfect preferred).
Authors will receive proofs which must be corrected and returned
within forty-eight hours of receipt. No new material may be inserted
in the text at the proofreading stage. Upon publication, authors
receive 3 copies of the issue in which their work appears. Authors
whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication warrant: (1)
that the ms. has not been published elsewhere in English, and that
the ms. will not be published elsewhere in English until after
publication in Para*doxa; (2) that Para*doxa will be held financially
blameless, and that the author will be financially responsible for
any legal action taken against Para*doxa as a result of publishing
the author's contribution; (3) that Para*doxa retains the right to
republish the manuscript in any issue or reissue of Para*doxa or in
any anthology published by Para*doxa and; (4) that in any
republication, the author will acknowledge its first publication in
Para*doxa. All other rights are released to the author.

Two copies of each submission should be sent to Victor Reinking,
Department of Foreign Languages, Casey 3W, Seattle University,
Seattle, WA 98122, USA. Two additional copies should be sent to
Michael Arnzen, Department of English, University of Oregon, Eugene,
OR 97403. General queries should be sent to David Willingham,
Managing Editor, Para*doxa, P.O. Box 2237, Vashon Island, WA 98070,
USA. Email:


The contents of Para*doxa are listed in the MLA International
Bibliography, the American Humanities Index, and the Gale Directory
of Publications and Broadcast Media. In 1995, Para*doxa was awarded
2nd runner-up for "Best New Journal of the Year" by the CELJ (Council
of Editors of Learned Journals). This December (1996), Para*doxa has
been invited to send a representative to the "Roundtable on Science
Fiction, Fantasy, and Utopia: A Panel of Editors and Heads of
Professional Organizations" at the MLA's annual convention in
Washington, D.C.

Individual subscriptions are $31/year; institutional subscriptions
are $62/year. Postage within the U.S. is free. Outside the U.S.,
please add $6 for surface or $18 for airmail for a year's
subscription. Single back issues are available at $15 each
(individuals), $30 each (institutions), double issues are $20
(individuals) and $40 each (institutions) (plus $3 surface or $9 air
where applicable). Payment may be made by check payable to
"Para*doxa", or by Visa or Mastercard (include expiration date).

Subscriptions/Sample Copy Orders should be sent to: Para*doxa, PO
Box 2237, Vashon Island, WA 98070 USA. Fax: (206) 567-5711; Phone:
(206) 567-4373; Email:

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