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In Passage: The International Journal of Writing and Mobility (Issue 1)

Deadline: 12 Jan 2018

In Passage: The International Journal of Writing and Mobility is the annual and peer-reviewed journal of the department of foreign languages and literatures of the University of Boumerdes (Algeria). For its first issue, it seeks articles in English and French.

It is impossible to think of writing without evoking mobility. For Friedrich Nietzsche, writing is a dance; for Jacques Derrida, the act of writing is a continual descent, driven by the laws of gravity (cf. Johnson 1993, 37-38). Even in its most docile image, writing is necessarily movement, even travel that of an applied hand crossing the white space to be filled. The very words which evoke the gestures of the writer and those of the traveller traversing, space are identical. Moreover, as stated by Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs (2007), all written stories are necessarily travel literature, from A Journey Around my Room, by Xavier de Maistre (1794) to the fantastic jumps in space and time that utopias and uchronias of all kinds make possible. Above all, the text produces mobility at the same time as it results from it. Reading stimulates the desire to discover distant spaces which, in turn, incite to write one's own text: a report; a novel inspired by one's stay; a travel story.

Writing is also movement when it translates, adapts, or transfers a previous text into a new spatiotemporal framework; when it moves from one language or one genre to another. Sometimes, a text is grafted, partly or entirely, explicitly or insidiously, into another; and in this waltz of intertexts, there is, again, movement. In this era of digital technology, mobility also lies in the constant change in writing and broadcasting media. The classics which fall into the public domain and which, thus, become downloadable online, magazines that go from paper to electronic format (or vice versa), and texts sent, as attachments and with a single click, to their recipient, are also examples of this new form of mobility of writing. Finally, if our era has strengthened the link between writing and mobility, it is because the various forms of exodus generated by globalization have given rise to writing of which the main themes are exile, uprooting and geographical and identity split. Although these movements are often the result of political or economic constraints, the emergence of these migratory writings coincided with a new tendency to value mobility as a quest for freedom and a rejection of the established order. This rather idealized vision is particularly evident in the 'Treatise on Nomadology', one of the best known chapters in A Thousand plateaus, the famous study published by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in 1980.

The journal will focus on the following research areas, among others:- Literary genres and movements- Travel literature and intercultural contact- Diasporas and migratory writings- Nomadism- Writing and sexual identity (feminine/masculine writing, pseudonyms)- Code switching/code mixing- Multilingualism and multiculturalism- Evolution of codes of writing- Translation issues.- "Digital writing" (SMS language, social networks)- Status of the author in the digital age.
Contributions of about 6000 words and following MLA guidelines should be sent to the editor. Please also include a 150-word abstract and a short bio-bibliography.

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Last updated: 28 Nov 2017



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