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ARIEL began as a study of the literature of former British colonies, what was then known as “Commonwealth” literature, scrutinizing, as Pamela McCallum, a past editor, put it, the “complex critical, passionate and sometimes troubled dialogues with the ‘great tradition’ of literature in English.” Under the editorships of Ian Adam and Victor Ramraj during the 1980s and 1990s, ARIEL reinvented itself as a journal of postcolonial criticism and took up the questions this new field of inquiry raised. Over the past 10 years or so, the journal has expanded its parameters to engage with the newly emergent field of globalization and cultural studies while carrying forward its established legacies, addressing issues such as globalization and indigenism, citizenship, translational and transcultural identity, interaction between the global and the local, and the new forms and sites of exploitation and colonization in the age of transnational capitalism. While continuing to be interested in articles that engage with questions like how postcolonial literature “writes back” to the canonical, imperial, or metropolitan centers, we wish the journal to grow in globalization studies. We would also like to invite scholars who are interested in hemispheric studies and diaspora studies to contribute to the journal; these fields of inquiry have used insights generated by postcolonial theorists—and sometimes reacted against them—to illuminate authors and regions that would not have originally qualified as “postcolonial.”
We are especially pleased with articles that work on multiple levels, with articles that do not just offer a close reading of a text or set of texts but that use that close reading to intervene in a scholarly conversation. The conversation might be local: for example, it might involve what the text has been interpreted to be about or the possibilities it offers for political resistance or the way the text has been categorized or the text’s relationship to a larger body of work. Or the conversation might have to do with a methodological question or theoretical claim. These conversations are not, of course, mutually exclusive. The best articles often contribute simultaneously to our understanding of particular texts as well as methodological or theoretical debates.
One of the questions we ask readers when they assess an article for publication in ARIEL is this: “What does this article contribute to the field?” It is not enough that an article performs this intervention implicitly; instead, we ask that authors be explicit about which scholarly conversation(s) they are engaging with and the form their intervention(s) takes. In other words, how does the article change the world of existing interpretation? We do not require that whole cities be razed or new land masses arise, but somehow the vista must be a little bit different once the reader has finished the article.
ARIEL sometimes publishes shorter articles that do not make the kind of scholarly intervention that we expect of a regular article. Instead, these articles do one of the following:
If you would like your article to be considered for our “Perspectives” section, please indicate that to the editors during the submission process and make sure your essay conforms to the length requirements for this kind of article (see below).
ARIEL publishes interviews with relevant author and critics. If you have an interview you would like us to consider, please submit it to us the way you would an article but let us know that it’s an interview, what form the interview took (whether verbal or via e-mail), and when the interview took place. Please also provide a brief biography of the person whom you are interviewing (their accomplishments, etc.).
Articles should be between 6,000-9,0000 words (17-25 pages), Perspectives pieces between 3000-4500 words (8-13 pages), and interviews between1500-3600 pages (5-12 pages). These word and page counts do not include works cited and notes. If you are submitting an article or Perspectives piece, we also ask you to include five keywords and an abstract.
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One aim of LeClair's study is to "open up . . . the loop of academic discussion" (xiii) which tends "to privilege poststructuralist paradigms in its definitions of the postmodern" (23; emphasis added).
Carby, Hazel. Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist. New York: Oxford UP, 1987. Print.
Henderson, Gwendolyn Mae. "Speaking in Tongues: Dialogues, Dialects, and the Black Woman Writer's Literary Tradition." Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing on Black Women. Ed. Cheryl A. Wall. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers UP, 1989. 125-37. Print.
Fee, Margery. "Resistance and Complicity in David Dabydeen's The Intended." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 24.1 (1993): 107-25. Print.
Yardley, Jim. "Olympic Games Begin in Beijing." NYTimes.com. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2008. Web. 23 Aug. 2010.
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Ariel publishes original articles in postcolonial studies exploring colonial power and resistance as well as innovative scholarship on globalization, new forms and sites of exploitation and colonization in an age of transnational capitalism, displacement and diaspora studies, global ecocriticism, cultural and cross-cultural translation, and related areas. The journal especially encourages articles that do not just offer a close reading of a text or set of texts but that use that close reading to intervene in an existing scholarly conversation.
Authors should submit their own original work. The editors require assurance that authors are not offering their articles concurrently elsewhere. All articles are subject to anonymous refereeing (authorship unattributed and readers unidentified) and are read by at least two readers. We aim to take no more than five months for a decision on a submission. However, in cases where it is difficult to find willing evaluators in the field of the essay, decisions can take longer.
Michael T. Clarke, University of Calgary
Faye Halpern, University of Calgary
Kit Dobson, Mount Royal University
Susan Z. Andrade, University of Pittsburgh
John Clement Ball, University of New Brunswick
Nancy Batty, Red Deer College
Michelle Lynn Brown, Shenandoah University
Jill Didur, Concordia University
Margery Fee, University of British Columbia
Olakunle George, Brown University
Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, Babson College
Christopher Holmes, Ithaca College
Jacqueline Jenkins, University of Calgary
Clara Joseph, University of Calgary
Neil ten Kortenaar, University of Toronto
Larissa Lai, University of Calgary
Judith Leggatt, Lakehead University
Graham MacPhee, West Chester University
Arun Mukherjee, York University
Susie O'Brien, McMaster University
Meg Samuelson, University of Adelaide
David Sigler, University of Calgary
Hélène Strauss, McMaster University of the Free State, South Africa
Jenny Heijun Wills, University of Winnipeg
Janet Wilson, University of Northampton
Shaobo Xie, University of Calgary
Veronica Austen, St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo
Georgiana Banita, Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg
Chris Bongie, Queens University
Rose Brister, Independent Scholar
Alberto Fernández Carbajal, University of Leicester
Chris Forster, Syracuse University
Ambreen Hai, Smith College
Jonathan Highfield, Rhode Island School of Design
Mitchum Huehls, University of California, Los Angeles
Jenny Kerber, Wilfrid Laurier University
Belinda Kong, Bowdoin College
Madhumita Lahiri, University of Michigan
Peter Leman, Brigham Young University
Travis Mason, Independent Scholar
John McBratney, John Carroll University
Judith Misrahi-Barak, Université Paul Valéry
Deborah Mix, Ball State University
Maureen Moynagh, St. Francis Xavier University
Zoe Norridge, King's College, University of London
Angelia Poon, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Cynthia Port, Coastal Carolina University
Ulla Rahbek, University of Copenhagen
Jay Rajiva, Georgia State University
Donald Randall, Professor Emeritus, Bilkent University
Stephanie Bosch Santana, University of California (Los Angeles)
Jennifer Shaddock, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Lisa Szabo-Jones, University of Alberta
Andrew van der Vlies, Queen Mary University London
Dan Vukovich, University of Hong Kong
Yoon Sun Yang, Boston University
Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
David Dabydeen, Warwick University
Graham Huggan, Leeds University
Neil Lazarus, Univertsity of Warwick
Shirley Geoklin Lim, University of California (Santa Barbara)
Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
Shyamala Narayan, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi)
Richard Nile, Murdoch University
Benita Parry, University of Warwick
Kenneth Ramchand, University of West Indies (St. Augustine)
Susie Tharu, Central Institute of English & Foreign Language (India)
Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University
Robert Young, Oxford University
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