Antipodes seeks submissions on two special section topics and general essays on the literature and culture of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Torres Strait. Comparative projects are particularly welcome. Submissions for these special topics are due (as complete essays) no later than 30 April 2022. General essays are accepted at all times. Essays should be 5500-7000 words in length and follow the latest MLA citation style and Antipodes guidelines (click on "Submissions" for more information.) All essays must be submitted for double-blind anonymous review.
Please see the attached CFPs for more details on the following topics:
Disability Representation in Australian Genre Fiction: Orthodox Approaches and New Directions
The emergence of disability studies as an interdisciplinary field in the last 30 years has led to increased theoretical attention directed towards representations of disability and impairment in literary texts. Scholars have identified how physical, cognitive, and behavioral differences are perennially used by authors to signify the compromised moral status of characters. It has been argued that the tropic misuse of disability has led to negative consequences in how able-bodied people perceive those with disabilities in the real world. This special topic directs focus towards representations of disability and impairment in Australian genre fiction. The journal seeks submissions that offer recuperative analyses of well-known disabled characters in Australian genre fiction in order to provide new ways for readers to engage with corporeal, cognitive, and behavioral differences in literary contexts. The primary questions that submissions will address are: “What kinds of disability or impairment are represented in Australian genre fiction?”; “What are the implications of such representations for the politics or ideologies of the text?”; and “How do these representations reflect or resist debates about disability rights and justice in the Australian context?”
Please contact the guest editor Liz Shek-Noble (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have any questions.
Featured Writer: Patricia Grace
We invite essay submissions focused on the work of Māori author Patricia Grace, of Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Āti Awa descent, and affiliated to Ngāti Porou by marriage. In 1978, with Mutuwhenua, Grace was the first Māori woman to publish a novel. In the decades since, Grace has published seven novels, and produced several short-story collections, childrens literature, and books focused on Māori arts and culture as well as an autobiography. She has been an advocate for her community and won a land rights case in Hongoeka Bay. Grace was honored with the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2006 and recognized as a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2007. Baby No-Eyes is the only work by a writer from Aotearora New Zealand to win the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature (2008), a biennial prize sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today. The editor seeks a wide range of new critical essays on particular works or combinations and comparisons, or on her community activism. Essays addressing the value of contributions that Grace has made not only to the literary tradition of Aotearoa New Zealand but to world literature and the growing canon of Indigenous works are also welcome.