University of East Anglia
12 May 2018
Kate Briggs (This Little Art), Daniela Cascella (Singed) and Sarah Jackson (Tactile Poetics)
Recent years have been witness to a diversification in the forms and registers of literary-critical writing. Conventional practice continues to flourish, but alongside and in dialogue with an increasingly inventive field of non-standard criticism. The reasons for the emergence of this field are several. They include the so-called post-critical turn, contentious as it is, and the desire for ‘reparative’ as well as ‘paranoid’ orientations in critical practice; the long legacy of critical theory conceived as an ongoing provocation to the content of the form of critical writing; the continued health of small-press and open access publishing, where hybridized and innovative modes of critical writing can flourish; and a renaissance in the essay, along with renewed attention to its histories and formal possibilities.
Critical Reinventions aims to mark the diversity of formal invention in contemporary creative-critical practice by focusing on the life, histories and potential futures of a range of types of writing. We invite proposals of two sorts: for creative-critical papers that seek to occupy or adapt a particular form or register of writing, including through acknowledgement of its histories; and for critical papers that investigate and reflect on aspects of formal invention in critical practice, including with reference to the history of such forms and to the recovery of potentials inherent therein.
Examples of such forms include but are in no way restricted to:
The call for papers has now closed and registration is open. Full details of how to register can be found here
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