Call for Publication-Reopened: The Sacrifice of Survival - Journal of South Texas English Studies

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Call for Publications
December 30, 2017
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Composition & Rhetoric, Linguistics, Literature, Teaching and Learning, Public Policy

The Journal of South Texas English Studies is re-opening submissions for its Winter 2018 issue, themed “The Sacrifice of Survival.” Submission deadline: December 30, 2017.

Note: The editorial board has decided to restructure the journal's publication cycle for a variety of administrative reasons, and this issue will be published in February 2018, when the journal moves to its new publication cycle of Winter and Summer issues. Please note this is a reissue of a previous CFP with a new submission date.

In his 1950 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, William Faulkner states, "I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." And while the idea of prevailing is certainly more inspirational than merely enduring, how does mankind get to the prevailing part? What exactly occurs in the "enduring" part of facing obstacles and difficult circumstances? Especially in our current state of affairs--locally, nationally, globally-- how do we survive? What do we do to ensure our survival? What compromises do we make?

The editors of JOSTES are looking for scholarly articles between 5,000 and 8,000 words which address our theme: “The Sacrifice of Survival.”  We encourage contributors to reflect on English Studies (both undergraduate and graduate) and themes that reflect the idea of survival, narrowly or broadly, literally or metaphorically, personally or professionally.  We encourage submissions from literature (American, British, or other literature written in English), linguistics, rhetoric, composition, literary theory, pedagogy and the English classroom, and academia itself.

Additionally, with this Winter 2018 issue, we introduce the first in our planned biennial English Studies/Social Sciences interdisciplinary issue (once every other winter issue). Therefore, we also encourage contributions that speak to the same theme of survival in the Social Sciences, especially Public Administration, Political Science, and Public Policy and Management Studies. We would especially welcome articles that consider the intersection of English Studies and the Social Sciences. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • In an increasingly STEM-focused educational environment, what strategies, innovations, collaborations, and compromises can English Studies particularly and Liberal Arts more generally engage in to ensure that we not only survive but prevail?


  • How have authors’ own experiences of survival and endurance shaped certain literary texts?
  • How does literature discuss the idea of survival, endurance, sacrifice, compromise, and eventual thriving and prevailing?
  • The literal and/or metaphorical survival and endurance of characters within poetry and fiction
  • Survival and endurance themes in children’s and adolescent literature
  • Close readings of published or archived memoirs, diaries, journals, autobiographies, and biographies with themes of survival and endurance


  • How may endangered languages survive the threat of imminent extinction and in some cases even prevail and experience revitalization in a new generation of speakers?
  • How do speakers of non-standard languages or minority languages maintain their languages as essential components of their identity in the face of pressure from more powerful or prestigious languages?

Rhetoric & Composition

  • How do various identities demonstrate resistance and endurance in texts?
  • How do rhetorical modes persist in new (social) media?
  • How have rhetoric and composition resisted or survived changes in political, social, educational, economic (etc.) climates?

Pedagogy in the English Classroom

  • In their effort to teach/ mentor marginalized students, what are the unique roles of English instructors?
  • We welcome narratives, case-studies that demonstrate English service-learning courses and their impact in and work with marginalized communities.

Public Administration/Political Science/Public Policy and Management Studies

  • What is the future of Public Service, Public Policy, Public Administration, and Public Management in light of the increasingly divisive and nationalistic political trends in the United States and around the world?
  • In politics, is survival synonymous with good government (and good management)?

Interdisciplinary English Studies/Social Sciences

  • How do English Studies define the survival of societies? Is survival in English Studies understood the same way it is in Anthropology, Economics, or Sociology (or other Social Sciences)?
  • Do English Studies foster the survival of our civilization?

All submissions, including Book Notes essays, must be original work and not be under consideration elsewhere.

Articles not following our submission guidelines will be returned unread.  Please consult our submission guidelines here:

Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document (no PDF documents) and e-mail it to with the subject line "article."

With this issue, we inaugurate a new feature in our journal: Book Notes: Instead of traditional book reviews, we solicit 1,500-2,000-word critical reviews of books that specifically relate to the issue's theme and that can provide some wider critical, bibliographical, pedagogical, or social context to the book being reviewed.  Please attach submissions as a single Microsoft Word or RTF document (no PDF documents) and e-mail it to with the subject line "book notes."

Deadline for submissions is December 30, 2017. For additional information, including submission guidelines, please visit the journal’s website:

Contact Info: 

Journal of South Texas English Studies
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
One West University Blvd.
Brownsville, Texas 78520