From:     Donna L. Rowe <> 

 To:       Bruce Simon and Katherine Wills

 Date:    Wednesday, January 31, 2001 12:56 PM

 Posted:  Wednesday, January 31, 2001 19:20 PM

 Subject: Subject: CFP: Prisoners Writing:
           Discourse from Behind Bars (Dec 1, 2001)

  Genre seeks essays for its special Spring 2002 issue: Prisoners Writing:
  Discourse from Behind Bars

  The focus of this special issue tackles the broad and compelling topic of
  prisoners writing.  Some 2 million Americans are currently behind bars.
  America's rate of imprisonment is the highest in the world.  As a vehicle
  to stimulate a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to 
  the genre of prison writing and its social functions, the journal is calling
  for historical perspectives on prison writings, both nationally and
  internationally.  In particular, the editor encourages essays on the genre
  that highlight explicit concerns with the theoretical, literary,
  institutional, gendered or political dimensions of discourse from behind
  prison walls. We seek articles that include efforts to evaluate the merits
  of previous approaches to this genre and compare them with those more recent
  formulations.  We will consider articles, essays and review essays that
  explore prison culture from the prisoner's perspectives on a broad plane of
  issues.  These perspectives include, but are not limited to:  the place in
  literature for contributions of prisoner writings, classics of prison
  literature, inmate artistic cultural expression, music driven by the
  culture of prison life both past and present, international perspectives on
  alternatives to incarceration, immigration and exile, resistance and riots,
  the American "race to incarcerate," gender dynamics among inmates, staff
  and their families, mothering/fathering from prison, disproportions of race 
    in prisons, youth in prison, mental and medical care issues for inmates, 
  queer perspectives on imprisonment, living with HIV/Aids, the wave of
  privatization facing America's prison's today, exploration of the
  boundaries defining global/national political prisoners, and historical 
  reflections on incarceration.  Comparative and international studies 
  on any of the above topics are encouraged. Printed manuscripts, in 
  triplicate and accompanied by return postage, should follow the MLA Style 
  Sheet with notes placed after the text.  Critical articles should not
  exceed 10,000 words, and non-commissioned book reviews
  should not exceed 2500 words.  Deadline for submissions is December 1,

  All correspondence regarding this special issue should be addressed to:

  Donna Rowe
  Department of American Studies
  University of Maryland, College Park
  2125 Taliaferro Hall
  College Park, MD 20742
  202-371-0088 (f)202-289-7480


  (Email address for queries only; no submissions accepted in that form.)

  Donna L. Rowe>