NTU Studies in Language and Literature


共同筆記 / Call for Papers


NTU Studies in Language and Literature is a refereed journal of literature and culture published biannually (in June and December) by the NTU Press for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University. Devoted to generating intellectual and trans-cultural dialogues, NTU Studies in Language and Literature welcomes original submissions from all over the world dealing with literary and related texts and informed by theoretical, interdisciplinary, or comparative perspectives or approaches.  Reviews, review essays, and commentaries on recent debates and controversies are also welcome. The deadline for the June issue is February 15, and for the December issue August 15.

Information for Authors

1. Contributions should be written in English and prepared according to the latest edition of The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Manuscripts should be within the range of 5,000-12,000 words.

2. Please submit your article, an abstract, keywords, and biographical information as e-mail attachments to forex@ntu.edu.tw.  You may also choose instead to mail a hard copy of your submission and corresponding electronic files on a computer diskette, preferably in MS Word format, to Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (Please indicate: Submission to NTU Studies in Language and Literature).

3. A submission under consideration is sent to at least two anonymous reviewers recommended by the Editorial Committee. Based on the comments and suggestions of these reviewers, the members of the Editorial Committee and the editor, who meet periodically, make final decisions.

4. There should be no indication of the author's own identity in the submitted text or notes; any reference to the author's previous works should be in the third person.

5. NTU Studies in Language and Literature will not publish submissions that are simultaneously under review elsewhere.

6. If the author wishes to submit a revised paper that has been published or submitted elsewhere in another version or in a language other than English, consent from the NTU Studies in Language and Literature Editorial Board is required before the submission.

7. Revised chapters of M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertations may be considered as submissions. The author should indicate that his/her submission is part of a degree work in a revised form.

8. Authors are required to correct proofs of accepted articles.

9. Authors are entitled to ten offprints of the article and two copies of the issue in which their article appears.

10. Before a submission can be published, the author is required to sign a release of copyrights.


Call for Papers

MATERIAL: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Guest Editor: Eva Chen

Material is a broad term covering all aspects of the physical world and commodity culture. During the nineteenth century, accelerated industrialization, the advent of mass production, technological innovation, and retail and commercial developments led to a dramatic prominence of commodity culture in the everyday life and discursive representations of the period. Goods and commodities were produced in an abundance unseen before, commercial practices intensified, and spatial and cultural representations flourished, including shops, museums, fashion and design industries, advertisements and periodicals. Nineteenth-century writers engaged in complex ways with this diversity of material cultural forms. This is seen, for instance, in the “hodgepodge” nature of literary and cultural representations where the material objects and practices clamor to leave the background, demand to be seen, and often upstage the human subject they are supposed to serve and reinforce.

The “materialist turn” in recent scholarship on nineteenth-century literature and culture has benefitted from the insights of “thing theory” to recognize the heterogeneity of things and material practices and the fluidity of the relations between subject and object. Elaine Freedgood, for instance, argues against the established practice of reading the material object as background or simply as a means of serving a pre-existing human subject. Bill Brown also pinpoints nineteenth century literature as a prime site demonstrating the human investment in the material world and the mutual constitution of the human and material. This special issue thus inherits the insights of material culture critics and seeks to debunk the type of binary thinking that pits object against subject, matter against representation, or surface against depth. By focusing on the material, both in its literal sense as objects and in a broader sense encompassing commercial and consuming practices, we seek to situate the material and the human as indelibly linked and engaged in a relationship of mutual structuring.

We welcome papers focused on, but not limited to, the following subjects on the human interaction with the material:

-collecting, domesticity and objects of value

-money, property and monetary practices

-material fashion and ornaments 

-advertisements and the periodical

-machines, tools and technological gadgets

-museums, shops and architecture of display

-imperial goods and global trade

-things, memories and subjectivities

-arts, crafts and aesthetics

Please submit full papers to the editorial office by July 30, 2015.

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