CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Edited Volume of Critical Essays on Clarice Lispector

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Call for Papers
September 5, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Jewish History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Edited Volume of Critical Essays on Clarice Lispector

Mariela Méndez (University of Richmond) and Anna Katsnelson (Medgar Evers College, CUNY) invite essay proposals for a volume of critical essays on Clarice Lispector’s contributions to the Brazilian press throughout her entire writing career.

Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) has been praised, together with João Guimarães Rosa, as the best Brazilian fiction writer of the twentieth century. Since the publication of Perto do Coração Selvagem in 1943, a book unlike anything that had ever been written in Brazil before, her fiction has garnered the attention of critics who have hailed her work as a breakthrough within the prevailing narrative patterns of the twentieth century. There has been, ever since the first critical study of this novel by renowned Brazilian critic Antonio Cândido the same year of the novel’s publication, a steady flow of scholarly and academic studies, theses, and dissertations that approach Lispector’s fictional output from a wide array of fields and disciplines. During the last couple of decades, however, the critical reception of her work has experienced a displacement, so to speak, towards those areas of her production considered to be more marginal, distanced from the texts that have entered the literary canon. Among these more “marginal” texts, described by critic Vilma Arêas as written “with the tips of the fingers”—rushed, as it were—and considered by Arêas simultaneously avant-garde and under-developed, one can find, for instance, her contributions to various newspapers or her children’s books, the former typically prompted by financial need and the latter generally by request, in some cases of her own children.


While it is true that studies like Arêas’s—Clarice Lispector com a Ponta dos Dedos (2005)—or Sônia Roncador’s on the figure of the maid in Lispector’s literature and journalism (A Doméstica Imaginária 2008) have been crucial in offering new critical paths into Lispector’s work, criticism of her press contributions has been at best sparse. This Volume aims to broaden existing scholarship on these contributions, typically focused on the crônicas she wrote for the Jornal do Brasil between 1967 and 1973, by expanding this corpus and deepening this analysis via inclusion of all the genres she cultivated: articles, crônicas, interviews, children’s stories, translations, the women’s page, etc.


We invite proposals that critically engage Clarice Lispector’s less studied work from a variety of disciplines and across disparate fields, in hopes of creating a dialogue that can in turn lead to a re-assessment of her entire oeuvre and open it up to novel readings and interpretations.


Please send a 250-word abstract, alongside a 1-2 page C.V. to by September 5th, 2017.