AMERICANA – E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary published by the Department of American Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary, invites contributions for its special Fall 2013 issue on cultural experiences and implications of jazz, with special focus on the issue in Hungary and the East-Central European region. We welcome submissions that explore jazz in a larger, cultural studies perspective, focusing on the ways in which the genre has become a significant part of local cultures; elaborate the trajectory of jazz from lowbrow fashion dance music to highbrow status, making jazz a hot topic of academic interest; discuss the changing articulations of race, ethnicity, class and gender in jazz as a discourse with a considerable potential for resistance and subversion. Besides the shifting identity politics of jazz and the problems of its canonization, papers are encouraged to probe the history of jazz in Hungary and Central-Europe as well as the representation of jazz in other forms of expression, including film, literature and the media.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013. Manuscripts (MS Word attachments) should be sent to guest editors Éva Federmayer (federmayer.evaATgmail.com) and Kornél Zipernovszky (k.zipernovszkyATgmail.com), and formatted according to the Submission Guidelines of AMERICANA. Please include a short biographical statement with the author’s affiliation/institution and contact address.
We are proud to announce the release of Volume VIII, Number 2, Fall 2012, guest edited by Ágnes Zsófia Kovács, featuring essays on Herman Melville, Anzia Yezierska, Nella Larsen, Chuck Palahniuk, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Edith Wharton, Susan Sontag, and Richard Rorty among others. As our guest editor introduces the new issue, it
represents a range of multidisciplinary approaches to American literature, philosophy, and art. The articles themselves can be divided into two broad sections: the first cluster focuses on theoretical and methodological issues in the context of American fiction, while the second cluster discusses dilemmas at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and art. The articles in the sections are arranged in a roughly chronological order of their ‘object texts,’ their theoretical trajectories representing varied contemporary interests highlighted in this foreword.