Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 7, Issue 2
May 2015

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the May 2015 issue of Transnational Literature.

This issue includes the first fruits of a project conceived early last year, to make a feature of Philosophy and Literature – Philosophy as Literature. Included are two peer-reviewed articles and two creative pieces, and we expect that the November issue will include more on this fascinating theme.

In the general section of the issue, we have a bumper crop of seven excellent peer reviewed articles on a wide range of literature. There is an emphasis on diasporic writers, the true border-crossers, who began life in countries as diverse as India, Vietnam, Iran, Japan and the United States and are now living and writing in Australia, the UK, Japan and the United States.

Two translations are included, an enigmatic poem from the Mandarin and a satirical story from Urdu.

Creative writing is flourishing, with two dozen stories and poems, all in some way reflecting the transnational experience of their authors. And nearly the same number of book reviews, on poetry, fiction and criticism, round out our fourteenth issue.

At the end of our seventh year of publication, I would like to pay tribute to the dedicated team of editors who make this journal possible. Our section editors Heather Taylor Johnson (poetry), Gay Lynch (prose creative writing), Md Rezaul Haque (translations) and Patrick Allington and Ruth Starke (reviews) work their editorial duties into very busy lives, and I am very grateful for the time and care they take working with contributors to make sure that each contribution is the best it can be. I would particularly like to pay tribute to Gay Lynch, who is stepping aside as prose creative writing editor after this issue, for the meticulous attention she has devoted to this section of the journal over past few years. Many authors have benefited by Gay’s careful attention to their writing.

And let us not forget those editors who work behind the scenes, helping with the necessary but unglamorous work of assessing articles and seeing them through peer review. Emily Sutherland and Paul Ardoin are invaluable and trusted colleagues, and Molly Murn has helped with editorial work on this issue as well. There is also a whole anonymous army of peer reviewers, without whom we could not operate as an academic journal.

And most of all, thanks to all the contributors. Here’s to the next seven years!

Transnational Literature, Volume 7, Issue 2: Contents

About Transnational Literature

Welcome to Transnational Literature, a freely accessible, fully refereed international e-journal published twice a year by the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Transnational Literature evolved from the e-journal Quodlibet: the Australian Journal of Trans-national Literature, and before that the print CRNLE Reviews Journal, published by the Centre for Research in New Literatures in English. CRNLE was founded in 1977 by Dr Syd Harrex and was based in the Department of English at Flinders University, South Australia. The Centre promoted research into the literatures of India, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and Australia, and all parts of the world where literature in English has been written. The Centre had a world-wide list of associates and a long list of publications, and organised and supported a number of conferences involved in the scholarly investigation of the role of new literatures throughout the world.

Transnational Literature maintains a focus on new literatures in English, but has expanded its portfolio to consider all literatures that deal with cross-cultural contact and interaction. Submissions on these areas are welcomed and writers are encouraged to consult the Submissions link. Postgraduate and Honours students are encouraged to submit papers.

Transnational Literature is indexed in MLA Bibliography, Proquest, Infobase Index and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).





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