Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, is now seeking papers for our eighth volume. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with the fields of rhetoric and composition and literature of all genres and periods. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Digital rhetoric in the media age
Gendered, cultural, racial, and economic borders and transitions
“Green” aesthetics and artistic forms
Reconsidering regional and/or sentimental literature
Investigations of Medieval and Renaissance texts
The construction of minimalism
(Re)configuring the colonial experience
Dissident ideas and official voices
Issues of identity, discipline, and excess
The ethnicity of pastiche
Critical perspectives on contemporary popular culture
We are also soliciting submissions for a special supplement to coincide with Re/Invention 2014: Nature +, CSULB’s 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference. Topics for the supplement may include but certainly are not limited to:
Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies
The Natural World
Mysticism and the Supernatural
The Gothic Novel
The Spectral and the Real
The Graphic Novel
Superpowers and Superhumans
Science Fiction and Film
Geography and Text
Digital Mapping and GPS
Digital Rhetorics and Realities
Nature and Technology
Birth, Death, and the Lifecycle
Nature vs. Nurture
Transgender and Queer
Nature and the Body
The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2014.
All submissions should include a cover with your name, phone number, email address, and the title of your essay or book review. All submissions should be approximately 10-15 pages and must be typed in MLA format with a standard 12 pt font. Please do not include your name on the essay itself, as it will be reviewed by a blind peer-review panel.
Email papers and cover letters as separate Word attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct all questions to: email@example.com.