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Anglistica

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2013

Call Information:
'Post-colonial Creativity: Language, Politics and Aesthetics', Special ISSUE, Anglistica: An Interdisciplinary Journal, www.anglistica.unior.it, Ranking: A

Guest Editors: Bill Ashcroft (b.ashcroft at unsw.edu.au) and Katherine E. Russo (kerusso at unior.it)

Description:

The aim of the issue is to explore creativity, as it opens the linguistic and aesthetic space of post-colonial cultural production. If we accept the definition that creativity is the result of the combination of previously unrelated areas of knowledge" what Arthur Koestler calls 'bisociation,' then conditions of conflict and disruption engendered by colonization have the potential to enhance creative work. Creativity may be the constitutive process of post-colonial language variation, for instance in the coining of novel lexical items and the creativity inherent in word formation, or the phonetic variation in creatively-coined words. On the other hand, post-colonial aesthetics may be envisaged as a transcultural space of meaning. The issue welcomes papers that bridge the divide between aesthetics and ideology in postcolonial creative production. Although creative modes and media do not have the power of policies, the issue hopes to demonstrate that they have contributed to the recording, spreading, codification and stabilization of vernacular codes and aesthetics, since as Azade Seyhan notes creative arts "as social documents resist the erasure of geographical, historical, and cultural differences".

Specific topics may include, but are not limited to:
-Creativity vs systematisation, creativity vs canonization
-Politics of post-colonial standardisation, regularisation
-Creativity and lexicography etc.
-Post-colonial aesthetics
-Post-colonial texts and transcultural communication
-The contribution of creative arts to the creation of small and large language corpora
-Post-colonial creativity in advertising, the daily press, electronic communication, literature, spoken interaction, cartoons

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2013
Deadline for completed articles: 15 October 2013


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