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Scottish Studies
HJEAS (Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies)  Volume 21, 2015
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies ( is a peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen, Hungary and is available from JSTOR and ProQuest. Editor: Donald E. Morse. Part of volume 21 (2015) will be devoted to Scottish Studies; guest editor: Attila Dósa (University of Miskolc, Hungary).

Scottish Studies: Where is the Field Now?

In Scotland, the last few decades saw two referenda on the decentralisation of political decision-making and the country is now on the doorstep of a third referendum to gain independence. The growing self-confidence in politics has been matched with a growing confidence in fields of cultural production including, most notably, literature. Though political notions of nationalism seem to have been losing ground in certain contexts, it is hard to see the 2014 referendum as other than a wished-for
(at least by some) culmination for the age-old struggle for self-determination. At the same time, literature seems to have entered a post-national phase and critical discourses currently in vogue have been using the rhetoric of hybridism and diversity with an aim to divest it of essentialist or nationalist undertones even though Scottish literature was especially rich in both in the 1970s–1980s. Due to recent changes in politics and an impressive growth of literary production, and with the expansion of the field of Scottish Studies over the borders of Scotland, in the past few decades criticism has followed suit and theoretical structures are being revised or done with altogether at great speed. But where is the field now?

HJEAS invites contributions exploring the present state of Scottish Studies with reference but not limited to the following topics:

  • Theory and reading: constructing, transforming, restructuring and transgressing critical frameworks in the study of Scottish literature
  • Nation and identification: from national identity to trans-national reference points in Scottish literature and in Scottish literary criticism
  • Narratives and counter-narratives of identity and independence: literature, sociology and journalism; oral, written and visual rhetoric; print and e-texts
  • Theory and society: translating social realities to literary criticism and back
  • The referendum of 2014: present political debates of independence in and outside Scotland; radicalism and conservatism; age groups; role of the popular media; humour and rhetoric of hate
  • Text and image: textual and visual representations of aspects of social realities in Scotland in the present; institutions versus e-communities

Please send a proposal (200 words) accompanied by a short CV to the guest editor, Attila Dósa

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2014
Delivery of completed papers: 31 August 2014

Contributions should conform to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. Contributions on history may use the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

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