Final call for papers
The Literariness of Persian Texts
23 July 1999
This is a final call for papers for 'The Literariness of Persian Texts,'
a collection of essays in honor of Heshmat Moayyad, scheduled for publication
in early 2000 by the world literature annnual 'Literature East & West'
(perhaps in collaboration with an acadmeic publisher). Papers need to reach
LE&W by early November in order for completion of the editorial and
printing process by late January 2000.
As announced in several earlier messages to 'Adabiyat' and in other
written communications to individual Persianists, 'The Literariness of
Persian Texts' will consist of essays in Persian and English of any length
on any Persian text, e.g., historical, biographicaly, verse, prose fiction,
or prose essas, with a focus on literary aspects or qualities or issues.
After reviewing essays accepted for publication, I'll write an introductory
essay defining literariness in terms of what specific papers describe or
imply as aspects of the literariness of discussed texts. Contributers will
thereafter have a chance to read a draft of that introductory essay while
reviewing editorial sugestions about their own essays. This process aims
to effect a measure of integration of the volume's content.
Several Persianists have wondered about the appropriateness of the stated
topic limitation in a festschrift. The practical reason for the choice
of literariness as a topic of the volume has to do with where the essays
will appear. The world literature annual called 'Literature East &
West' publishes volumes on special topics only, e.g. 'Major Voices in Contemporary
Persian Literature' (1980), 'False Dawn: Poems by Nader Naderpur' (1986),
and 'The Epic and Asian Literatures' (1999). In other words, because LE&W
was established with a specific philosophy and publishes volumes on stated
specific literatures or issues, essays cannot appear in a specific volume
unless they relate to the volume's title subject.
Consequently, in the case of 'The Literariness of Persian Texts,' I
am regrettably unable to consider for publication articles not dealing
with a text treated in terms of literariness.
Literature East & West Department of
Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
WMB 5.146 The University of Texas at Austin
Austin,TX 78712, U.S.A.