“Trajectories: Travel, Migration and Exile in Literature” – e-journal: TrOPICS, University of Reunion Island (France)  

T(r)OPICS is an annual peer-reviewed open access e-journal publishing scholarly essays and book reviews from diverse fields of humanities including Literature, Arts, Cultural Studies, Language learning, Linguistics, Anthropology and Sociology. It is administered by the multidisciplinary research center DIRE (Displacement, Identity, Revision, Expression) at the University of Reunion Island, located in the South-West Indian Ocean.

The editors of TrOPICS are presently welcoming contributions for its December 2018 issue on the following theme: “Trajectories: Travel, Migration and Exile in Literature.”

Travel writing stems from and comments upon a global History of discoveries and conquests, colonial expansions, escapes and migrations. It also incites readers to discover new horizons, whether real or imagined, and points to a need for escape, change of scenery, exoticism, amazement and wonder. We invite papers across a broad range of historical periods and literary genres: novels of exploration, novels of immigration, road novels, imaginary journeys, as well as non-fiction works such as travelogs, narratives of exile, immigrant memoirs and biographies, letters, etc.

Any journey, displacement or crossing involves a geographical and social repositioning, a reconsideration of the self in contact with the other. The study of the themes of travel, migration and exile in literature leads to examine how writers represent the world and the relation between “here” and “there.” The encounter with the other is a source of tensions and opportunities, transformations and renewals. How do writers, focusing on mobility, passages, and border-crossing, expose cultures, ideas, languages, histories and memories in contact? How do they represent travelers, migrants or exiles as subjects in motion and in process? How do gender, race and class affect travel writing, and how do these parameters interact?                                                                                                               

Travel narratives provide the viewer’s perspective, showing the way s/he looks at the world. On an inner level, they may also relate a personal quest, and traveling can take the form of an initiatory journey. The trajectories of travel writing, with its multiple forms and subgenres, its aesthetics based on diversity and fragmentation, account for the itineraries that shape writers-travelers.

Journeys can be forced, with no return. The “other world,” away from the original homeland, which the literary figures of the migrant or the exile attempt to appropriate, is often viewed as a social, and (multi)cultural space of negotiation in which to rebuild a sense of self and take root. It can also be represented as the new site of a nostalgic wandering, an internal exile. In what ways does contemporary postcolonial world literature in a fluid global world, together with the growing presence of cosmopolitan writers and “global souls” (Pico Iyer), contribute to new representations of mobility?

Submissions of completed articles (no more than 6000 words) are sought in English or French.

We also welcome book reviews up to 1000 words and preferably related to the issue’s theme.

Manuscripts in English should conform to the MLA Handbook.

Submissions written in French should conform to our guidelines: http://ufr-lsh.univ-reunion.fr/fileadmin/Fichiers/FLSH/BTCR/Publications/guide_auteur_BTCR.pdf

All submissions, including book reviews, will be double-blind reviewed and must be original work and not be under consideration elsewhere.

Please e-mail full-text article, with a 200-word abstract, or book review and a 100-word bionote in separate Word documents to: corinne.duboin@univ-reunion.fr

Website: http://tropics.univ-reunion.fr

Deadline for submission: Jan. 10, 2018.

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