In almost a reactionary response to New Criticism and a development from Historicism, literary researchers are using archival research more and more to develop textual analysis. Whether this research is more historically based or is textual to the point of analysing printing ink and the construction of a text, special collections, museum, and archives are considered a valuable resource. Even in the abstract, the idea of ‘the’ archive, while being embraced is simultaneously being challenged both for its exclusions and its very definition. How has the/an archive or the very idea of an archive affected/enhanced your own work? We are looking for articles covering any time period of literature or theory but your article should address some form of archival research or address the archive itself. For our purpose, ‘archive’ should be considered an interpretive term and can be considered as literal or abstract.
Papers can cover but are not limited to:
- Archontic Literature
- Archive and Canon formation
- Material Research from the archive
- The nature of Ephemera
- Private/Personal/Special Collections
- Using Archival material to address a textual analysis
and many more…
Articles should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words. Please see the Critical Survey website for style guide information at: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/cs/
Please include a brief abstract of approximately 200 words with your article (this may be in a separate file). Be sure to include your name on every page of your article.
Articles are due into Maureen England at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1st 2014. Include your name and ‘Critical Survey’ in the subject heading.
Critical Survey also publishes Poetry. Poetry can be sent to the above email with the Subject heading: [your name]: CS: Poetry