Appel à contribution : « Journal of Surrealism and the Americas »

Journal of Surrealism and the Americas

The editors announce a call for papers for an issue on Latin America.

This issue explores what has often been described as Surrealism’s « tense
relationship » with Latin America. To what extent did Latin American
literature and art embrace Surrealism’s « other dimension of reality »?
Rather than viewing Latin American Surrealism as an extension or
rejection of a European progenitor, we seek essays that shed new light
on surrealist thinking by Latin American artists and writers. How did
Surrealism’s modernist stylistics present a more poetic, abstract
alternative to Social Realism—one that appealed to a significant
cosmopolitan constituency in Latin America? How might we think anew
about the political dimensions of Latin American artists’ and writers’
engagement with the surrealist project? And in this context, to what
extent did Latin American artists subscribe to the « revolutionary
potential » claimed by Surrealism? How might the diverse practices of
Latin American artists and writers be seen as dialectical,
simultaneously embracing European surrealist theory and philosophy while
also mounting resistance to or even transforming it?  New considerations
of established figures such as Matta, Lam, Carrington, Paalen, and Varo
are encouraged—but we especially welcome papers that reassess the
relationship of Surrealism and the Americas by means of under-explored
figures or artists’ groups from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico,
Haiti, and Cuba.

Foreign language contributions (in French, German and Spanish) are
accepted, but we require a two-page, single-spaced English language
abstract with any foreign language submission.?

Feature articles should be from 8,000 to 10,000 words and double-spaced
(including endnotes). All submissions should conform to Chicago Manual
of Style format. Please include a short biography at the beginning of
your essay/submission (250 words maximum). English-language feature
articles should also be accompanied by a 250-word abstract.

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2013. You must register on the
JSA website ( as an « author » in order to submit feature
articles. Detailed guidelines for authors, as well as our images
guidelines, are available on the JSA website. We do not accept
unsolicited reviews.


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