Saturday, May 24, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT: CFP Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Special Issue: Blindness and Literature

Special Guest Editor: Georgina Kleege

Blindness seems to hold a particular fascination for writers from all cultures, functioning in a variety of ways in different texts. Blindness can indicate divine retribution for some sort of transgression, or can serve as a personal tragedy to be overcome. Blind figures can highlight the virtue and compassion of sighted characters, or act as seers and teachers commenting upon and guiding sighted protagonists.

This special issue of JLCDS will explore literary representations of blindness and vision impairment.

Topics may include:

  • blind seers and prophets
  • Homer's blindness
  • Milton's blindness
  • Joyce's blindness
  • Borges's blindness
  • blindness and visuality
  • blindness and aurality
  • blindness and gender
  • memoirs of lost sight
  • memoirs of restored sight

Proposals should be e-mailed to the guest editor Georgina Kleege and the editor David Bolt before October 1 2008.

Invited authors will then have at least 3 months to submit the final typescripts.

Book reviews that relate to the issue should be e-mailed to the Book Reviews Editor Clare Barker before January 15 2009.

NB In 2009 Journal of Literary Disability will be moving to Liverpool University Press, 3 issues per annum, print as well as online formats, and the new title Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. The journal will no longer be free, so LUP subscription will be necessary.

Further information is available at: