With the opening of Scottish Parliament in 1999 and the independence referendum in September 2014, the twenty-first century thus far has been a time of important political change in the Scottish nation. This special issue of C21 Literature asks how the literary landscape of Scotland has evolved over this period, and asks if Scottish fiction can ofer insights into questions around locality, nationhood, and the global in the twenty-first century. Is it possible to speak of a national literature with reference to writing from Scotland? How does such writing inform our thinking in the twenty-first century, within Scotland and beyond?
The journal calls for articles examining all aspects of post-millennial Scottish literature. Articles may address but are not limited to:
• politics and 21st century Scottish fiction
• Scottish history and/ or tradition in the new millennium
• Scottish genre fiction
• literature and the independence referendum
• negotiating the local and the global
• recongurations and dis/continuities in 21st century Scottish literature
• new perspectives on the Scottish canon
• spatiality and/or temporality
• gender and nation in the new millennium
C21 Literature also seeks reviews, features and opinion pieces from academics, readers and writers and conference reports relating to Scottish fiction. Articles should be 6000–7000 words. Reviews and conference reports should be 1000–2000 words. The journal uses the author/date Chicago style referencing system. Full article submission, abstracts only will not be considered. Please send all submissions, questions or enquiries to special issue co-editors Kate Turner and Jane Stedman at email@example.com.
Twenty-first Century Scottish Fiction: Where are we now?
2 September 2014
Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Keynote Speakers: Dr Aaron Kelly (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Monica Germanà (University of Westminster)
This one-day symposium aims to explore the exciting breadth and diversity of recent Scottish writing, attending to the importance of both tradition and innovation and examining how post-millennial texts negotiate and re-configure the boundaries of Scottish literature.
Questions of Scottishness and of Scottish literature have been of particular interest in the twenty-first century, in part because the start of the new millennium roughly coincides with Scottish devolution in 1999. Exploration of Scottish literature becomes ever more pertinent as the referendum on Scottish independence approaches. This symposium aims to take stock of the critical perspectives on Scottish writing and to explore the questions being raised as discussion about Scottish identity amplifies in anticipation of this new cultural landmark.
We invite abstracts on all aspects of twenty-first century Scottish fiction. Proposals for panels of three interlinked papers are also welcome. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Post-millennial texts by established Scottish authors
New voices in contemporary Scottish writing
The diffusion and reception of 21st century Scottish literature in Europe.
Dis/continuities and the role of tradition in new Scottish writing.
New developments in Scottish genre fiction
The 21st century Scottish Gothic
Hybridity, cosmopolitanism and trans-nationalism in Scottish texts
Pedagogy and the role of the academy in the formation of the 21st century Scottish canon
New perspectives on the Scottish canon/what constitutes Scottish literature?
Spatiality and/or temporality in 21st century Scottish writing
Gender and nation in post-millennial Scottish texts
The Scottish political landscape and its role in 21st century Scottish writing
Queer Scottish writing
Strangers and strangeness in 21st century Scottish writing
Please email 200-300 word proposals for 20-minute papers and brief biographical notes of 50 words to the conference organisers Jane Stedman and Kate Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org by 14th May.