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Call for Papers: Joyce Studies Annual

27th June 2024

*Special Cluster*

Theme: James Joyce and Networks of Transnationality

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The transnational turn in modernist studies has been instrumental in producing significant scholarly contributions over the past two decades. Works such as Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community by Jessica Berman (Cambridge UP, 2001), Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity (edited by Laura Doyle and Laura Winkiel, Indiana UP, 2005), and The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (edited by Mark Wollaeger and Matt Eatough, Oxford UP, 2012), among others, have examined how modernism surpasses national borders and challenges the confines of nationhood.

Jessica Berman highlights how the prefix “trans” in transnationalism suggests a disruption of the notion of the nation: “The prefix ‘trans’ shares the oppositional valence of such words as ‘transgress’ and ‘transform.’ When we use the prefix ‘trans’ to mean not just ‘across, on the far side of, … or over,’ but also ‘beyond, surpassing, transcending,’ it represents a challenge to the normative dimension of the original entity or space, a crossing over that looks back critically from its space beyond” (“Transnational Modernisms“, 109).

The works of James Joyce exhibit traits of radical transnationalism, portraying Dublin as a transhistorical and transnational palimpsest where global locations converge, transcending the local borders of Ireland. His intertextual allusions are filled with references from world literatures, and his writings often trace transnational networks of circulation (Paris, Chicago, New York, etc.). This essay cluster aims to position Joyce Studies within the broader dialogues of transnational modernism by exploring the multiplicity of Joyce’s transnationalism and its potential limitations.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • How Joyce depicts local rural/urban spaces as transnational.
  • The role of varied intertextual allusions in the transnationalism of Joyce’s works.
  • Connections between the modernist form of Joyce’s work and the concept of transnationalism.
  • Joyce’s examination of coloniality in a transnational context.
  • Conjunctions of race/class/gender with transnationalism in Joyce’s depictions.
  • How Joyce’s works engage with transnational networks of circulation.
  • Comparative analyses of Joyce’s works with world literature to generate new insights into modernist transnationalism.

Submission Details & Deadlines:

Please send a brief scholarly bio (100 words) and an abstract (250-300 words) combined in a single pdf to [email protected] and [email protected] by August 31, 2024. Full-length articles (7,000-9,000 words) will be due by March 1, 2025. Final essays will be accepted for publication through peer review.