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James Joyce Quarterly Special Issue: Joyce and the Non-Human

The idea for this issue began with a panel for the Toronto Joyce Symposium on Our Funnaminal World, which later turned into the theme for the 2018 Zurich James Joyce Workshop (Joycean Animals). The topic came about as a result of our growing interest in animal studies and the nonhuman, specifically with reference to an increasingly technologically driven society. This theoretical context is one that intersects nicely with other theories ” (ecocriticism, Marxism, queer studies, gender studies, technology studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction) but it also transcends these frameworks, in that it is specifically relevant to 21st-century issues. The lens of the nonhuman provides new insights into well-trodden pastures such as Bloom’s cat, Garryowen, and cattle, in addition to bestiality, animality, and the beastly. We anticipate the special issue consolidating and building on recent work in Joyce Studies, including Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce (2014) by Brazeau and Gladwin, The Ecology of Finnegans Wake (2015) by Lacivita, and the special issue of the JJQ on Joyce and Physiology (2009); in addition to recent developments in literary theory, such as, The Nonhuman Turn (Grusin, 2015), and the works of Deleuze, Derrida, Haraway, Bennett, and Hayles (to name a few). We believe the nonhuman turn is an especially appropriate methodology for the Joyce community (linking as it does animal studies, the posthuman and ecocriticism), allowing us to examine some neglected and unique aspects of Joyce’s oeuvre. The nonhuman turn provides a framework in which his interests in the potential sentience of rivers, machinery, and insects might speak to each other.

In furtherance of the increased importance of animal studies and the nonhuman turn, this issue seeks to place the works of James Joyce alongside these developments in a conceptualization that prioritizes both aspects of this theoretical paradigm. We welcome papers related to all aspects of animals and animality” from fleas to behemoth; worms to gulls; beast to beastly across the range of Joycean works. We particularly encourage papers that position animal studies/the nonhuman alongside ecocriticism, Marxism, queer studies, gender studies, technology studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, or deconstruction.

Please send bios and abstracts of no more than 300 words to Katherine Ebury (k.ebury@sheffield.ac.uk) and Michelle Witen (michelle.witen@unibas.ch) by June 30, 2018.


Please find below our strict planned time scale for the issue. It goes without saying, but do only send us an abstract if this schedule looks doable for you.

May - June 2018 Open call for papers for issue (abstracts due June 30)

January 15, 2019 First submission of articles to editors

March 15, 2019 Editors return first round of submissions to contributors

May 15, 2019 Resubmission of articles to editors

May 31, 2019 Editors submit finalized issue to JJQ for Peer Review Process

August 30, 2019 Second round of revisions in response to editorial peer review

October 15, 2019 Final version of journal issue sent to JJQ (depending on peer review results)



Conference Location: University of Tulsa , USA
Conference Starts: May 02, 2018
Conference Ends: June 30, 2018

CFP Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

For more information, contact: Katherine Ebury

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