Voices from Abroad: The Spanish Caribbean Author as Traveler, Exile, (Im)Migrant

Call for Submissions
Edited Collection

We are looking for essays for an edited collection that examines the
experiences and contributions of Spanish Caribbean writers who have left
their hometowns and native lands to live, write, and/or work abroad.  We
invite book chapters (of approximately 20 pages) that THEORIZE about the
role or place of (1) travel, (2) exile, and/or (3) (im)migration in the
development of Spanish Caribbean authors and of a Spanish Caribbean
literary or cultural identity from the colonial period to the present.  In
our definition of the Caribbean we include the coastal regions of Central
and South America that border the Caribbean Sea.  We welcome papers that
consider writers from these regions who identify as Caribbean or
distinguish themselves from those writers from insular Caribbean
countries. Chapters may consider writers who return to their homelands or
those who remain abroad and become a part of the Spanish Caribbean
diasporas. We are particularly interested in chapter contributions that
consider how new forms of culture emerge because of the cross-cultural
exchanges and encounters that take place as these writers spend time
abroad, and ultimately, how the work of these writers later impacts the
cultures at home.  

We welcome chapters that explore the work, lives, and influence of both
canonical and non-canonical writers.  Some potential figures to
investigate include: from Cuba, Josi Martm, Alejo Carpentier, Lydia
Cabrera, Zoe Valdes, Severo Sarduy, and Reinaldo Arenas; from the
Dominican Republic, Juan Bosch, Juan Jimenes Grullsn, Julia Alvarez, and
Junot Dmaz; from Puerto Rico or the Puerto Rican diaspora, Josi de Diego,
Josi Luis Gonzalez, Julia de Burgos, Piri Thomas, Ana Lydia Vega, Sandra
Marma Estevez, and Miguel Algarmn.  We are interested in chapters that
consider Paris or Madrid as metropolitan centers for writers of the
Spanish Caribbean.  We are looking for papers that explore Spanish
Caribbean writers who participate in literary circles in other parts of
Latin America such as Havana, Mexico, and Argentina.  Finally, it is
difficult to consider the importance of authors from the Spanish Caribbean
without considering the mass migrations of people from the Spanish
Caribbean to the United States over the past 150 years.  We are thus
interested in essays that theorize about the impact that living in the
United States has had on the artistic development of these groups and
regions. Interdisciplinary papers that consider the relationship between
literature and art, music, journalism, or politics in terms of the writer
or artist abroad are also appropriate for this volume.

Some of the questions that underpin this study include:

 How has living abroad informed the writers’ creative processes?

How do authors theorize about movement, displacement, or

What contact has the writer had with other authors while abroad?  
Did he or she participate in foreign or native literary movements,
artistic circles, and/or creative trends?

How is the literature written by those authors received abroad and
at home?  Are there important differences in reception?

Does time abroad lead writers to reject or to embrace foreign,
hegemonic ideologies and literary forms?

Does time abroad lead authors to revive local and regional aspects
of (Spanish) Caribbean (or Latin American) culture so as to distinguish it
from foreign models? 

Does time abroad raise concerns of authority and authenticity
among readers at home and/or in the host culture?  

How does the writer address and/or overcome the anxiety of
influence that can result from living abroad?    

How does the condition of travel, exile, or (im)migration inform
the literature of Spanish Caribbean authors and what distinctions should
be made between these conditions? 

What are the effects the processes of (1) travel and return, (2)
exile and return, (3) permanent exile and foreign assimilation, (4)
migration and return, or (5) immigration and foreign assimilation on the
development of Spanish Caribbean (or Latin American) literature?

What considerations and distinctions need to be taken into account
when examining the Spanish Caribbean diasporas and its literary and
cultural manifestations?

Please submit a complete draft of your essay by June 15, 2007 as a Word
document in an E-mail attachment to voicesfromabroad@yahoo.com . Essays
should follow MLA style guidelines and include parenthetical references
for citations, endnotes, and works cited pages. Papers must be written in
English, but all Spanish citations should be quoted in the original
language (rather than in English translation).  Do not hesitate to contact
the editors, Kelly Comfort and Vanessa Pirez, by E-mail if you have
questions about the relevance of your potential contribution.

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