CFP: Special Issue of Pacific Coast Philology

Pacific Coast Philology Call for Submissions

“Post-Family Studies”

We are interested in papers that rethink the family in new ways, or explore new familial, para-familial, or post-familial structures, possibly by denaturalizing, deconstructing, de-idealizing, or reconceiving the family. Papers that explore new, transformational, or transnormative “families,” or post-familial or post-kinship family-like relations in literature, film, or culture are welcome. Papers might explore the effects of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, region, ideology, history, or nation on the family and its depiction; the formation or deconstruction of familial ideologies; family mythologizing; shifting depictions of the family; or reconceptualizing the family in a post-Victorian, post-Freudian, post-Modern, post-Colonial, post-heteronormative, or anti-bourgeois manner. –Special Issue Editors, Dr. Steven Gould Axelrod and Dr. Craig Svonkin

Please contact Craig Svonkin at if you have questions.

Essay proposals should include the following, and should be emailed to Craig Svonkin at by December 10, 2016: cover page with author’s name, affiliation, and a brief biography, plus the title of the essay. A 5,000 to 7,000 word separate document with a brief abstract, a list of four to seven keywords, and the proposed paper.

In preparing manuscripts, please follow the MLA Style Manual. Expected date of publication is fall 2017.