Saturday, March 5, 2011

Antipodes 2012, CFP

The 2012 issue of Antipodes, to be printed in June of that year, will be a double issue, marking the 25th anniversary of the journal and a transition to a new, more compact format and a new emphasis on imaginative prose (whether fiction or nonfiction) and on transnational analysis. Our 2011 special issues, on Asian Australian Literature in June 2011 and Transnational Antipodeanism in December 2011, will prepare for the 2012 issue, which will be partially a general issue on any Australian or New Zealand topic, partially a special issue on the idea of “Late Style” in the Antipodes. Books like Edward W. Said's On Late Style and Nicholas Delbanco's Lastingness have proposed that the later part of an author’s career has distinctive emphases and attributes in literary terms. Essays are welcome that inquire into the later works of Antipodean authors in these terms, or contesting these terms. Are there specific aspects to careers Down Under that inflect these Northern Hemisphere paradigms? Is there a difference between literature of old age and that of old old age? Is the entire notion of late style too psychobiographical? Too organic? Is there or can there be, a connection between late style and postcolonial approaches over and above the biographical one provided by Said? Do old men and old women write differently? Do sexuality, ethnicity, financial comfort, international reception impact how age is articulated as a matter of style? Do the geological age of Australia, the relation of pre-European New Zealand to the development of Polynesian culture in the Pacific, or the different temporal claims made by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have relevance here? Any approach extending, refuting, or circumnavigating any of the above is welcome. We also welcome creative nonfiction and fiction dealing with this theme of the latter part of life and its literary consequences; fiction submissions should be sent to Jack Bennett at; creative nonfiction to Nicholas Birns as specified below. Please note that fiction and creative nonfiction are paid, whereas refereed articles are not paid.  Academic article submissions should be under 6000 words, done in MLA style and US spelling, and submitted to Nicholas Birns at, by 1 December 2011.

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