Call for Papers: African Literature Today 38

Environmental Transformation in Literature and Criticism

Papers are invited on the ways in which African environmental(ist) writing engages with major shifts in twenty-first-century thinking such as the announcement of the Anthropocene, and on the diverse genres, themes, and frameworks through which twentieth-century writers addressed environmental issues. 

  • What literary strategies do creative writers adopt to convey the impact of environmental transformation?
  • In what ways do creative writers connect with existing realist and non-realist genres?
  • How does literature mediate the specificities of environmental change and environmental justice in an era of global capitalism and technological change?
  • In what ways do future-oriented narratives, such as speculative fiction, address issues such as feminism, human rights, and a critique of the human sciences?
  • How do environmental literatures address histories of violence?
  • What ethical work is carried out in post-human and cross-species imaginations of African environments?
  • Through what methods can one trace the genealogies (and legacies) of environmental literature?
  • What alternative epistemologies are offered in environmentalist literature and criticism?

Articles should not exceed 5,000 words, and should be submitted as a Word document to the Guest Editors: Cajetan Iheka ([email protected]) and Stephanie Newell ([email protected]) and Series Editor, Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint, ([email protected]) on or before 30th September 2019

Submissions are also invited for the literary supplement: short creative writing selections – poetry, short stories/ one act plays particularly those that relate to the environment/environmentalism. Contributions should not exceed 5,000 words, and should be submitted as a word document to the Series Editor, Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan-Flint ([email protected]) on or before 30th September 2019

Series Editor

Professor Ernest N. Emenyonu
Department of Africana Studies,
University of Michigan-Flint
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502, USA

Assistant Editor:
Patricia T. Emenyonu (University of Michigan-Flint)

Associate Editors:

Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́ (The Ohio State University)
Iniobong Uko (University of Uyo)
Isidore Diala (Imo State University)
Kwawisi Tekpetey (Central State University)
Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol)

Oha Obododimma (University of Ibadan) 
Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo (Anglia Ruskin Uni) 
Stephanie Newell (Yale University) 
Vincent O. Odamtten (Hamilton College, NY) 
Wangui wa Goro (Independent scholar)

Books for Review and Review Material

Books for review should be sent (2 copies) to: 
Obi Nwakanma 
University of Central Florida 
English Department, Colburn Hall 
12790 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, Florida 32816, USA

Book reviews are invited for the Reviews Section and should be submitted as a word document, on or before 30th September 2019 to: [email protected]

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