Call for Papers –AmLit – American Literatures

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2023
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Call for Papers –AmLit – American Literatures

For AmLit – a new journal dedicated to the study of American Literatures – we are looking for article contributions to a non-thematic issue. AmLit is designed as a new academic venue for experienced as well as young and upcoming scholars to publish cutting-edge articles on recent developments in American literature. We believe that literatures from North, Central, and South America have been at the forefront of registering, tracing, and narrativizing complex cultural developments such as digitization, migration, globalization, trans- and interculturality as well as visuality and intermediality, imbuing them with recognizable aesthetic patterns of representation. We are eager to provide a publication forum for scholarly essays from the fields of US-American, Canadian, and Latin American literary studies that deal with fictional, non-fictional, and graphic texts as well as book reviews.

Questions we deem of central relevance include:

- What significance do literary texts have within global social change?

- How have the functions of literature changed in the course of these developments, and with which theoretical instruments can we rethink ‘the literary’ today?

The methodological orientation of the journal encompasses all major branches of literary studies (African American & Ethnic Studies, Gender, Feminist & Queer Theory, Marxist Theory, New Historicism, Postcolonialism, Socio-Linguistics, Structuralism and Poststructuralism, Visuality, etc.). The target group for this publication is the academic community, with scholars and advanced students from all European countries, but potentially also from the USA, Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America.

The journal is organizationally based at the University of Graz (, with members on the General Board from universities all over Europe. We are inviting finished papers (5000-8000 words + 250 word abstracts and 5-8 keywords) to be published in AmLit – American Literatures. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Adaptation Studies – Generic Transformations

• Affect Studies

• Critical Regionalism

• Digital Studies

• Class/Poverty Studies

• Graphic Narratives

• New Materialism – Material Studies

• New Right/Christianity Revisited

• Queer/Disability Studies – ‘Failure’

• (Post-)Nation, Home and/or Nation

• (Post-)Race

• Transnational/Transcultural Studies

Upload your finished papers together with a short CV (in separate documents) to On our website, you can also find the guidelines for contributors as well as a stylesheet.

The deadline for sending in papers is Wednesday, March 1st, 2023.

Scheduled publication is October 2023.