Date: Thu, 01 May 1997 11:52:19 -0400
From: ellen meserow sauer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: PMC: Essays Currently Available for Peer Review
PMC: Essays Currently Available for Peer Review
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Self-nominated peer-reviewers regularly participate in the
editorial process of _Postmodern Culture_. All submissions
distributed for review have been screened by the editors and will
receive two other readings from members of the journal's
permanent editorial board; _Postmodern Culture_ preserves the
anonymity of both authors and reviewers in this process, but the
comments of reviewers will be forwarded to the author.
If you would like to review one of the submissions described
below, and if you think you can complete that review within two
weeks of receiving the essay, please send a note to the editors at
firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your qualifications
as a reviewer of the work in question (experience in the subject
area, publications, interest), identifying the MS by number as
listed below, and specifying the manner in which you would like
to receive the essay (electronic mail or World-Wide Web).
We will select one self-nominated reviewer for each of the works
listed below, and we will notify reviewers within two weeks.
Information gathered during this process about potential reviewers
will be kept on file at PMC for future reference, and may be made
available for online searching by PMC subscribers seeking
expertise in a particular field. Please note: members of the
journal's permanent editorial board should not nominate themselves
in response to this call.
Manuscripts for review:
MS #1: The author analyzes Jean-Luc Godard's 1991 film _Allemagne Annee 90
neuf zero_ as a contribution and an intervention in the critique of
postmodern culture. It is a cultural intervention in the global
mass-media coverage of recent history, and a commentary on the act of
making history. The author also looks at the connection between
Godard and Gilles Deleuze.
MS #2: A reading of the metaphors of water amd submarine memory and
transformation in postcolonialism, especially in the context of
Atlantic slave trade. The author examines the postcolonial submarine
as it is influenced by the endless ebb and flow of history, memory,
and identity. The essay focuses on a Sutapa Biswa photograph and
texts by Joseph Conrad and Edouard Glissant.
MS #3: A critical look at Jean Baudrillard's work on the Gulf War, critical
responses to it, and a reassessment in light of more current events
in Iraq. It takes Baudrillard's analysis of the war as a non-event as
the starting place for an examination of post-Cold War representations
and presentations of violence. References include James Der Derian,
Noam Chomsky, and Margot Norris.
MS #4: A look at John Ashbery's poetry, and its strength. The author suggests
that this strength comes from the combinations of disjunction,
nostalgia, and narrative. References include Donald Wesling, Tadeusz
Slawek, and Jonathan Morse.
MS #5: The author considers the idea and practicality of imagining utopia in
an age of incessant information, movement, and revelation. The essay
weaves together analyses of William Gibson and Donna Haraway with
personal reflections and discussions of utopian theory and history, and
asks what happens when utopia is no longer desirable.
MS #6: This essay examines the intense but distant humanity in Sylvia Plath's
poems, using Emmanual Levinas's metaethical emphasis on the _affect_ of
the other to consider the "pathos of aethetics." The author proposes
that Plath's poetry provokes feeling and empathy, but not compassion
or sympathy. References include James Young, Jacqueline Rose, and
MS #7: An examination of the "logic in the secret" of Deleuze-Guattari's
theory of literary forms, particularly in _A Thousand Plateaus_ where
the concept of the secret is placed in the classification of the tale
and the novella. This is illustrated in analyses of Guy de
Maupassant's "%La Ruse%" and Margueritte Duras's _Hiroshima, mon
MS #8: A hypertextual project that considers the validity and possibility of
text-based criticism in an image-oriented society. The author and the
artist combine textual criticisms of images that both parody and
rely on postmodern critical theory. References include Jean
Baudrillard, Roland Barthes, and Walter Benjamin.
MS #9: Multiculturalism, the author suggests, shares postmodernism's desire
to move past established and articulated identities to more subjective
discourses about history and identity. Multiculturalism, interacting
with postmodernism, challenges institutionalized ideas of culture,
knowledge, and tradition and gives migrants, aliens, and nomads routes
to interrogate and change the ruling culture.
MS #10: An essay looking at neurology and sexuality, asking what neurological
research into sexual prefernce brings to the theory and the science of
sexuality. What can we expect to gain from examining the brain, and
how will our ideas of sexual identity be changed? The author also
asks whether science's avoidance of connecting of hand preference
(left- and right-handedness) and sexual preference can be interpreted
as a denial of the brain's eroticism. References include Eve
Sedgwick, Sigmund Freud, and Wilhelm Fleiss.
Ellen Meserow Sauer <email@example.com>
Manager, Project Muse http://muse.jhu.edu/
Electronic Publishing Manager,
The Johns Hopkins University Press
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