24.385, Calls: Ling & Literature, Philosophy of Language, Text/Corpus Linguistics/ Journal of Literary Theory (Jrnl)

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Subject: 24.385, Calls: Ling & Literature, Philosophy of Language, Text/Corpus Linguistics/ Journal of Literary Theory (Jrnl)

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Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:06:29
From: Hannes Worthmann [jlt at phil.uni-goettingen.de]
Subject: Ling & Literature, Philosophy of Language, Text/Corpus Linguistics/ Journal of Literary Theory (Jrnl)

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Full Title: Journal of Literary Theory 

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature; Philosophy of Language; Text/Corpus Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-Jan-2014 

Journal of Literary Theory Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014)
Submission Deadline: January 01, 2014
Call for Articles

›Context‹ is often regarded as a foundational concept among those humanities
and sciences that are concerned with texts. One could argue that every theory
about texts or literature has to - either explicitly or implicitly - make some
assumptions about what a context is. Assuming that contexts are, generally
speaking, relations between a text and states of affairs external to it (such
as language, genres, other texts, culture, society, or history), it is hardly
imaginable that there is some theoretical enterprise concerning texts which
does not involve contexts. Consequently, models of textual understanding as
well as editorial or interpretative enterprises would have to take all
relevant contexts into account. Nevertheless, the notion has also been
discussed critically. It has been argued that it presupposes a specific
conception of text which is no longer tenable, and that it should therefore be
replaced by alternative concepts. It has even been suggested that the
difference between text and context is obsolete and should therefore be
abandoned altogether.

Compared to other foundational notions (e.g. ›author‹), ›context‹ has not yet
received the adequate amount of attention by the text studies, given its
importance. The concept, though often used, is explained rarely. The discourse
is mostly dominated by a more or less non-technical usage of the term, which
comprises various ways of speaking. This situation calls for terminological
clarification of the concept.

Currently, a variety of contexts is factored into textual inquiries. However,
it is rarely made explicit which criteria guide the decision about which
contexts to include, and what follows from those decisions. Thus, it seems
necessary to reflect methodologically on the significance of contexts for
literary and textual inquiries.

We encourage submissions from all language and literature departments as well
as other fields within the humanities and social sciences that consider texts
as their subject, such as philosophy, or history. Furthermore, we welcome
submissions from fields that concentrate on other artifacts, but face similar
challenges, such as media studies, history of art, or musicology.

Contributions should not exceed 50,000 characters in length and have to be
submitted until January 1, 2014. Please submit your contribution
electronically via our website www.jltonline.de under ›Articles‹.

Articles are chosen for publication by an international advisory board in a
double-blind review process.

For further information about JLT and to view the submission guidelines,
please visit www.jltonline.de or contact the editorial office at
jlt at phil.uni-goettingen.de.

Submissions that do not focus on one of our special topics can be submitted
continuously via our website.

Please contact the editorial office for further details.

Hannes Worthmann
Assistant Editor
JLT - Journal of Literary Theory
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Seminar für Deutsche Philologie
Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3
37073 Göttingen

0049 - (0)551 - 39 - 7534

JLT at phil.uni-goettingen.de

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