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CfP: Inquire Issue 3.1 (Winter 2013) ‘Literature and Identity’

Issue 3.1 (Winter 2013) 'Literature and Identity'

Inquire invites article submissions that consider the relationship between literature and identity.

By focusing this issue on identity, Inquire seeks to provide a forum for the investigation of various dimensions of identity construction, the process of identity formation within different cultural and social contexts, and how the issue of identity and subjectivity is addressed in literary artifacts and cultural texts, local and global, past and present. 

The following lines of inquiry are of particular interest:

1) Cultural and political dimensions of identity and literature, e.g., conflicts between normative and non-normative lifestyles, negative depictions of non-normativity as a means of oppression, propaganda, hate literature, literature as a means to form identity, &c.

2) Explorations of literary representations and analyses of identity formation processes, including but not limited to coming of age literature, aspects of identity-focused literary theory (queer studies, feminism, gender studies, &c.), literary representations of constructed identities, and the treatment of particular identities within literature, i.e., social, cultural or political representations of gender, sexuality, class, race, identity in flux, transgressive subjects, &c.

3) Questioning the confines of literary identity, i.e., literature that challenges or transcends distinguishing boundaries that result from genre, taxonomy, language, modes and modalities of publication, literary traditions, academia, market trends, &c.

Inquire encourages interdisciplinary and comparative research that emphasize downmarket forms, lesser-known authors and marginalized literatures.

Submission deadline: 15 September 2012

Submission Guidelines

Inquire accepts article submissions by graduate students relevant to the current call for papers. All submissions must meet the following guidelines: original work not submitted elsewhere, complete articles in English, 5,000-7,000 words (including works cited list and endnotes), MLA formatting, 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, justified. Please include a separate cover sheet with name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography (max 60 words). Send inquiries and submissions to

Peer Review

Inquire responds to all inquiries and acknowledges all submissions within two weeks. Submissions accepted for review are read anonymously by two peer reviewers. The author receives two reviews, additional comments from the editor and an editorial decision. Inquire provides respectful, informed and constructive feedback to all authors regardless of the editorial decision. The review process begins immediately following the submission deadline and takes ~4-8 weeks. Publication follows approximately four months after the call for papers deadline. If you are interested in joining Inquire as a reader, write to


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