CFP: Journal of Narrative Theory, "Dis/enabling Narratives"

JNT invites submissions that further the discussion of disabling and enabling narratives from a disability studies perspective. JNT is a forum for the theoretical exploration of individual narrative texts and of the intersections between narrative, history, ideology, and culture more broadly.

Essays might engage with topics such as literature and dis/enabling environments and social space, how narratives dis/enable at a structural level, theorizing about narrative using disability studies, dis/enabling subjectivities and inter-subjective experiences, disabling meta/master narratives, dis/enabling discourses, dis/enabling personal narratives and cultural narratives, narratives of overcoming, passing, medicalization, masquerade, complex embodiment, narrative prosthesis, compensation, suppression, inclusion, integration, rehabilitation, normalcy, and activism, narrative wholeness, disabling narrative conventions and enabling counter-narratives.

We welcome submissions considering literature of all periods and are especially keen to ensure that some essays in the issue relate to the period before the modern concept of disability emerged in the mid-nineteenth century.

Please send two hardcopies of the complete manuscript in MLA style to Prof. Essaka Joshua, Department of English, 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556 USA, and email a digital copy to by 1 September 2016. Recommended submission length is 8000 words. Please omit references to the author in the manuscripts to ensure anonymous review. The journal does not accept manuscripts submitted for consideration simultaneously to other publication venues.