Special Issue "Pirates in English Literature"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2019).
Interests: early modern travel writing; maritime history; how people move between cultures and ideas across time; Renaissance drama about cultural encounter, and the intersections between discourses of gender, race, colonial and/or imperial identities, and power in literature and culture
Interests: long eighteenth century literature and culture; periodical writing; gender and authorship; genre studies; literature of piracy; maritime history; travel writing; popular stage traditions
Literature about pirates remains one of the most enduringly popular topics for adults and children alike. In recent years, key works in pirate studies have discussed piracy and pirates as cultural intermediaries, as actors in both the formation and destruction of national and imperial identities, and as transnational and transoceanic mediators of global geo-political forces. Pirate literature is an equally diverse and energetic genre, producing notable novels, poetry, and drama, as well as other, hybrid, and experimental literary forms. Pirate literature is both multicultural and multilingual, and has been a focus of human creativity across time.
This Special Issue on Pirates in English Literature seeks to explore and interrogate similarities and differences in how pirates and piracy are represented across historical periods. ‘English’ literature is interpreted capaciously, to include works of translation and works that engage issues of cultural and linguistic transmission. Comparative treatments of piracy and pirates are welcome, and essays discussing non-traditional literary forms are encouraged, including travel writing and the literature of exploration and trade.
The editors encourage the submission of papers on all aspects of piracy in English print and manuscript cultures, including: pirates and voyages of discovery; pirates and imperialism/colonialism and/or the transatlantic and barbary slave trades; pirates as heroes; pirates as villains; pirate trials; pirate balladry; pirates and gender/sexuality; pirates and children’s literature; pirates and the Bildungsroman; pirates and the pantomime; piracy as metaphor; pirates in fact and pirates in fiction. Approaches that are interdisciplinary or emphasize the boundary-shifting and transnational qualities of piracy are especially welcome.
Abstracts of 250 words to be submitted by 1 March 2019
Final submissions to be received by 1 October 2019
Prof. Claire Jowitt
Prof. Manushag N. Powell
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