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cfp | Latest | A Semiotic Perspective on Contemporary Narrative Discourse and Narration Styles [proposal submission open]
A Semiotic Perspective on Contemporary Narrative Discourse and Narration Styles
Whether written or spoken, how people recount a situation about themselves or someone else can differ. Not only could the narration be informative but also implicit, allusive, insinuative, and implicative. It is no doubt possible to suggest many other ways of narration. We can even observe communication forms based on narration today; that is, presenting a case employing fictionalized narrative gradually gets more common. In earlier times, fictionalizing was regarded as non-factual and unbound with the real world, just as novels and stories did. Recently, however, many disciplines have used such fictionalized narration.
This shift may be justifiable because the referents of new sorts of narratives are not directed to themselves (like literary texts) but to the real world. For instance, current advertisements are presented in new narrative styles comprising real-world phenomena, giving them another dimension other than merely fictional. Moreover, a doctor may ask his colleague about a patient's background story, which indicates his willingness to learn about the disease in a given context. Alternatively, a politician’s speech named “what kind of a future do I imagine?” is typical of a futuristic narrative. We may increase the number of instances.
In this special issue of NALANS engaged in semiotics, we would like to gather studies that evaluate narratives. Among the questions central to this issue are, respectively, “what possible insight can be obtained from semiotic analysis of fictional and factual narratives?” and “whether the insight gathered from them will be compatible with those of others that have arisen from other approaches to narrative analysis.” It is known for sure that literary semiotics has developed with seminal studies. We have, however, witnessed semiotics continue to develop into the examination of other different disciplines with its tools of analysis. For example, we can suggest discourse semiotics that analyzes fictional and factual narratives and other types of discourse.
We expect contributions of authors that will present the semiotic analysis of literary and other types of narratives. The issue’s scope is not limited. Additionally, answers will be sought to the question “what are characteristic narrative features of a novel, children’s plain narratives, advertisements, touristic documents, political discourse or mythological narratives?” and “what kind of results can be obtained from their analysis utilizing semiotic approaches?”. The participants are expected to search for the above topics and fulfil semiotic analyses of different discourse types. We invite all the researchers that will perform studies to the journal's special issue of semiotics.
We invite submissions in the form of abstracts of approximately 300 words to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15 February 2023. After an initial review of abstracts by the editors of the special issue, selected authors will be invited to contribute full-length (6.000-7.000 words) original research articles written according to APA 7th edition and adhering to standard NALANS guidelines for authors, which can be found here: https://www.nalans.com/index.php/nalans/about/submissions
The editors have invited distinguished scholars from the field and received quality proposals from prestigious authors. The issue is expected to come out by June 2023.
Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, NALANS (ISSN: 2148-4066), is a peer-reviewed journal with Editor-in-Chief Mustafa Zeki Çıraklı. The journal is currently under evaluation regarding ESCI and AHCI indexes of the Web of Science. The journal is already indexed in SCOPUS, MLA International Bibliography, DOAJ, The Linguist List, Google Scholar, DRJY, ASOS, Academic Resource Index, and Turkish Education Index. All other important information on the journal can be found here: https://www.nalans.com/index.php/nalans/index
The special issue is supported by Turkish Semiotics Circle (TGÇ) and Turkish Association for Narrative and Language Studies (NALANS Network).
The authors may contact the editors and should send the proposals (abstracts) to email@example.com by 15 February 2023. All manuscripts should be written in English.
cfp | Latest | Global Folios: Books about Shakespeare from around the World [proposal submission open]
"Global Folios: Books about Shakespeare from around the World"
2023 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio. The text has seen one of the largest global footprints of theatrical or literary texts, with abundant translations, productions, reproductions, and critical contributions worldwide. While we know that early non-Anglophone encounters with Shakespeare were often employed among harmful colonizing practices, we also know that those encounters engendered messages of dissent against ideologies of supremacy and fostered the expression of localized narratives and traditions. We use this anniversary to celebrate Shakespeare and Shakespeare studies beyond the Anglophone world with our special issue, “Global Folios: Books about Shakespeare from around the World,” which aims to document and discuss secondary works on Shakespeare written in non-Anglophone countries.
The secondary works in question can be chosen from monographs, edited collections, monograph sections, or dictionaries. Articles might discuss non-Anglophone works on Shakespeare (written either in their native tongues or in English) through the intersections of textual, spatial, class, gender, racial, linguistic, translational, ecological, and posthuman perspectives.
Since 2023 also marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, in addition to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, we intend to devote an entire section to Turkish Shakespeares. Contributors might examine works by scholars and practitioners of Turkish Shakespeares, including, but not limited to, the following:
We are looking forward to receiving full articles in English (6,000 words), a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and your recent CV to Turkish Shakespeares (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 May 2023.
You can find the submission guidelines at https://nalans.com/index.php/nalans/about/submissions.
cfp | Previous| Melville, Media, and Narratives [proposal submission open]
“Melville, Media, and Narratives”
In 1983 Leland R. Phelps, a German Studies professor at Duke University, published the first survey of Melville’s critical reception outside of the United States. His book Herman Melville’s Foreign Reputation not only examines critical works on Melville but also lists editions, translations, and adaptations to assess Melville’s impact on artists and writers in other countries. Highlighting the cultural importance of Melville’s growing reputation, Phelps adds“[p]lays, opera librettos, motion pictures, and radio presentations based on works by Melville”, arguing that “[s]uch adaptations can tell us something about another people from another cultural background and they may even tell us something we had not known about the works themselves” (Phelps xx).
In addition to attracting a great deal of critical study, Melville’s multifaceted narratives from Typee (1846) to Billy-Budd, Sailor (1891/1924) have been creatively reinterpreted, reproduced, retold, reenvisioned, and revisited in narrative-based, cinematic, multimodal, intermedial realms.
This special issue on Melville’s oeuvre aims to provide a critical and reflective space for authors and scholars to share their original and insightful research. We invite papers that provide cutting-edge methodologies in the study of Melville, media, and narratives exploring, among other aspects, what John Bryant in “Textual Identity and Adaptive Revision: Editing Adaptation as a Fluid Text” calls “the critical distances between and among adaptive versions” (Bryant 49; emphasis in the orginal).
Theorizing and analyzing Melville’s narratives within a mediatized context of twentieth- and twenty-first-century global cultural productions, such as films, the performance arts, paintings, music clips, etc., this special issue seeks to trace creative, distorting, mimetic, as well as experimental responses to Melville’s revived narrative legacy. Thus, we welcome articles that deal with such productions and reproductions by employing the methodologies of narrative studies, language studies, and media studies.
We encourage scholars to submit papers of 6.000 to 7.000 words that investigate the following topics that are not by any means exclusive:
-What narratological and cultural insights do we gain from translations of Melville’s works?
-Which cultural, medial, and narrative processes have gone into the popularization of Melville’s works?
-From which narrative and cultural perspectives (e.g., moral/philosophical, ecological, ethnic, feminist viewpoints) have Melville’s narratives been retold?
-Which narratives, including suppressed subtexts, have (re-)surfaced in adaptations of Melville’s works?
-For which audiences have Melville’s works been creatively reinterpreted, reproduced, retold, reenvisioned, and revisited?
-To what extent can editions, translations, and adaptations reveal Melville’s impact on artists?
-How do cinematic interactions (movies, films, series, advertisements and other media productions) with Melville’s works highlight the verbosity of the nineteenth-century author? (e.g., in John Huston’s adaptation of Moby-Dick).
-How are Melville’s works explicitly reinterpreted within the digital realm (e.g., computer games, animated short films, digital-born artwork, social media)?
-What is the creative appeal of Melville’s narratives as reinterpreted, reproduced, retold, reenvisioned, and revisited in twentieth- and twenty-first centuries (popular) media?
-What cultural, medial, and narratological insights into Melville’s works do we gain from creative, distorting, mimetic, and experimental transformations?
We invite submissions in form of abstracts of approximately 300 words to be submitted to nalans.com no later than 30 June, 2022. After an initial review of abstracts by the editors of the special issue, selected authors will be invited to contribute full-length (6.000-7.000 words) original research articles written according to APA 7th edition and adhering to standard NALANS guidelines for authors, which can be found here:
The issue is expected to come out by March 2023.
Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, NALANS (ISSN: 2148-4066), is a peer-reviewed journal published by Karadeniz Technical University, with Editor-in-Chief Mustafa Zeki Çıraklı. The journal is indexed in SCOPUS, MLA International Bibliography, DOAJ, The Linguist List, Google Scholar, DRJY, ASOS, Academic Resource Index, Turkish Education Index. All other important information on the journal can be found here
Mustafa Zeki Çıraklı
Proposals (abstracts) should be sent to email@example.com no later than 30 October, 2022.
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