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Special Issue of Comparative American Studies

Proposal Deadline: 1 February 2020   |   Manuscript Deadline: September 2020

Following the River

In recent years, new scholarly attention has been paid to the place of rivers in the development of national culture and national identity. Rivers, however, sitting at the nexus of nature and culture, are also prime sites of transnational exchange. As often as they are used as borders, they are also always inevitably spaces of connection where people and ideas flow - spaces of intercultural encounter, requiring interdisciplinary scholarship. As such, this special issue of CAS seeks essays undertaking fresh explorations of rivers, American and otherwise. What can the New River Studies, to coin a term, teach us in the fields of American and Area Studies? These essays can focus on American rivers in a comparative framework - whether their representation in literature, music or the visual arts, their environmental history, and / or their geopolitical role. They might also focus on expatriate American accounts of world rivers, or the use of international waterways in the work of American creators, or American foreign policy. In short, any and all disciplinary approaches and subjects relating to rivers are welcome.

Submission Instructions

Though primarily seeking research articles, other essay formats (opinion pieces, roundtables etc) will also be considered. Please submit initial enquiries and short (300 words max) proposals to Thomas Ruys Smith, via email, by February 1st 2020.

Deadline for final essays will be September 2020 for final publication in early 2021.

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