RE: a Call for Papers for a special issue of the journal Style
Brett Cooke asked me to tell everybody that the deadline for the special evolutionary issue of the journal Style has been extended. The original deadline was December 1, 2011. The new deadline is January 15, 2012. Late December is high pressure. The Christmas break gives potential contributors more time to produce and polish a paper.
This is just a reminder of the deadline for a special issue of the journal Style that is being devoted to evolutionary commentaries on literary texts. The deadline for submitting articles is December 1, 2011. The special issue is being edited by Brett Cooke and Clinton Machann.
Articles should make use of current knowledge about evolved human dispositions (motives, emotions, cognition) and should offer critiques of specific works of literature or specific authors. The editors are particularly interested in articles that deal with major (canonical) authors or works. They also welcome articles that focus on teaching specific literary works from an evolutionary perspective. The editors invite commentary on literary works written in any language, but all articles must be written in English.
Articles should conform to Style’s requirements: 5,000 to 7,000 words (inclusive of endnotes and works cited); MLA guidelines for style and documentation. A 100-word abstract and full contact information should be included.
Please submit articles to Prof. Brett Cooke (brett-cooke@...), European & Classical Languages & Cultures, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4215. Inquiries may be addressed either to him or to Clinton Machann of Texas A&M University: c-machann@...<mailto:c-machann@...>.
If you’d like to know a little more about evolutionary studies in literature, the Wikipedia entry offers a concise overview with a list of references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwinian_literary_studies
For a good sampling of works done in this field so far, see this volume: http://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Literature-Film-Brian-Boyd/dp/0231150199/ref=pd_sim_b1
I’m not a co-editor of this volume. I’m just helping spread the word. The volume is going to be good and important—with many interesting essays.
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