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American British Canadian Studies Bibliography

Guest Editors: Dr Sean Matthews, University of Nottingham, sean.matthews@nottingham.ac.uk, and Dr Alexandra Mitrea, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, alexandra.mitrea@ulbsibiu.ro

Acclaimed as one of the finest contemporary British writers – while of Japanese background –, Kazuo Ishiguro has elicited, ever since his first novel, strong responses ranging from admiration to bafflement. A very elusive writer whose work invites a multiplicity of perspectives and interpretations, Ishiguro challenges the reader with his carefully controlled narratives which withhold more than they reveal. His skillful merging of memory, imagination and dream plunges the reader into a maze-like reality beneath which lies a “buried giant” – an unsettling secret which is gradually revealed by a narrator who may be highly unreliable. 

Furthermore, as a diasporic writer, he is preoccupied with the question of the Other, more precisely with the internal otherness or doubleness of the British subject itself, raising multifarious ethical, spiritual and psychological issues. As a “homeless writer” addressing an international readership, he has reflected on highly topical themes such as cultural difference in Britain as well as the crisis of subjectivity, dwelling on the connection between the personal and the political.

Ishiguro is, moreover, one of those rare writers who reinvent themselves stylistically with each new novel or collection of stories. His ventriloquism and attention to cultural identity are doubled by an eye for quirks of character and experiences which stretch the limits of the probable. His novels are replete with double takes, déjà vus, Freudian slips, dislocations and misperformances of every description. Inhabiting a space at the intersection of realism, fabulism, surrealism and expressionism, they invite the reader to put away the accustomed reading instruments, such as generic categories and structural conventions, and accept a more immersive reading experience.

In the wake of his being awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for “novels of great emotional force” that “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” American, British and Canadian Studies finds it timely to reconsider his ouvre, in the hope of contributing significantly to current critical thinking on his work. To this end, we invite original critical articles which address these concerns from a variety of perspectives and disciplinary angles.

Key themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Home, nationhood, ethnicity
  • Migratory identities, cultural hybridity, diasporic subjectivities
  • British national literary identity
  • Ethics, contemporary human rights, cloning and trauma
  • The crisis of artistic representation and creativity
  • Experiments with form and style

Articles will be subject to a blind peer reviewing process and must not be under consideration for any other publications. Please refer to the author submission guidelines on the American, British and Canadian Studies websites, http://abcjournal.ulbsibiu.ro and https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/abcsj#. Complete manuscripts, of up to a maximum of 7500 words including bibliography, are requested by June 15th, 2018 for publication in December 2018. Please include a biographical note of up to 200 words, accompanied by an abstract (200 words) and a list of 10 key words/concept. Enquiries and submissions are to be directed to Dr. Alexandra Mitrea, Faculty of Letters and Arts, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, alexandra.mitrea@ulbsibiu.ro. and copied to abc.journal@ulbsibiu.ro. Authors will be notified within six weeks of the closing date.

The British Journal of Canadian Studies (BJCS) is published twice-yearly by Liverpool University Press on behalf of the British Association for Canadian Studies. Launched over thirty years ago, BJCS is broad-based, multidisciplinary, and international, welcoming contributions from all areas of the arts and humanities and the economic and social sciences.

BJCS is committed to publishing research and scholarship on the analysis of Canadian issues, spanning wide-ranging historical and contemporary concerns and interests, as well as varied aspects of domestic, provincial, national, international and global significance.

BJCS welcomes articles that deal directly or through a comparative frame with Canada’s experiences, place and role in the wider English or French speaking worlds. Its prime objective is to further knowledge, discussion and understanding of Canada’s diverse experiences, peoples, places, perspectives and priorities in past and contemporary contexts. Literature reviews and shorter articles on teaching and learning related topics are also welcome. There is normally one general issue and one themed issue each year although this may vary.

The British Journal of Canadian Studies (Revue Britannique d’Études Canadiennes) est publié deux fois par an par Liverpool University Press pour le compte de l’Association Britannique d’Études Canadiennes. Lancée il y a plus de trente ans, le BJCS est global, pluridisciplinaire et international et invite des contributions provenant de tous les domaines des arts et des sciences humaines et des sciences économiques et sociales.

Le BJCS publie les travaux de recherche et les études sur l’analyse d’enjeux canadiens, couvrant un large éventail de préoccupations et de centres d’intérêt historiques et contemporains, ainsi que divers aspects d’importance intérieure, provinciale, nationale, internationale et globale.

Le BJCS invite les articles traitant directement ou à travers une structure comparative, des expériences, de la place et du rôle du Canada dans les ensembles plus larges des mondes anglophones et francophones. Nous invitons également les propositions de revues de littérature et les articles plus courts.

Beginning with Volume 22 (1), 2009, British Journal of Canadian Studies is indexed and abstracted in:
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Current Contents/Arts & Humanities

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