Call for Papers: Networks (Issue 2, Summer 2015)
‘The frontiers of a book are never clearcut: beyond the title, the first lines, and the last full stop,
beyond its internal configuration and its autonomous form, it is caught up in a system of references to
other books, other texts, other sentences: it is a node within a network’ (Foucault, The Archaeology of
Oxford Research in English (ORE) is an online journal for postgraduate students in English,
Film Studies, Creative Writing, and related disciplines. All submissions are peerreviewed by
current graduate students at the University of Oxford. The journal is currently seeking papers
of 58,000 words for its second issue, to be released in Summer 2015, which will be exploring
the theme of ‘Networks’.
Networks have been a shared focus for literature and history scholars alike: while, in
twentiethcentury studies, an increased focus on interconnected literary coteries has
enhanced our knowledge of a period rich in social and publishing networks, early modern and
eighteenthcentury scholarship has long been interested in expanding networks of patronage
and influence in literary production and dissemination. In postcolonial studies, diasporic
networks of authors have provided a way of engaging with the politics of globalization and
transnationalism, whilst Victorian literary studies mirror such concerns through their interest in
imperial and colonial structures.
New technologies have now brought not only new meanings, but also new tools to uncover
networks, as mass digitisation made both texts and criticism more accessible than ever,
spurring debates on the dangers and benefits of this new medium, and uncovering new
modes of analysis such as topic modelling and other forms of computational criticism. This
issue seeks to explore these different interpretations of networks, and welcomes papers
investigating, but not limited to, any of the following themes.
- Networks of knowledge and cultural networks
- Influence and patronage
- Text and textuality
- Fictional representations of networks: groups; clubs; communities; societies.
- Issues surrounding (or representations of) sociability, belonging, inclusion.
- Equally, and conversely: isolation, alienation, and exclusion.
- Literary networks within different mediums: epistolary networks; networks in journalism; networks in the digital age.
- Networks that span boundaries: crosscultural networks; international networks; invisible networks; networks across time.
- Genealogies (both familial and textual)
- Book production, readership and dissemination
- Networks and coteries
- Networks of influence/power
- Nets, works, and any other interpretations of the theme
Please submit papers for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org the deadline of 17/04/15.
Papers should be between 58,000 words in length, and should be formatted according to the
journal’s house style, details of which can be found on our website: