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Journal sounds extremely interesting - Alan

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Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 17:49:27 -0400
From: Lydia Perovich <fauxprophete@hotmail.com>
To: spoon-announcements@lists.village.virginia.edu
Subject: SPOON-ANN: Call for Submissions

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Dear friends,

I am starting a web magazine that would show that post-structuralism,
deconstruction, psychoanalytic approaches etc. ARE relevant to our everyday
political struggles more than ever.

The magazine/journal would publish personal narratives, fiction, reports,
columns, comments, political analyses, history/herstory re-examination,
manifestos, ANY genre or mix of genres that differs from the so-called pure
theory that critics claim is the only environment in which
post-structuralism, in all its political irrelevance, can function.

Writing would employ post-structuralist tools and would be theoretically
informed, but would be primarily preoccupied with how the 'real life' is
narrated and manufactured, with writers' dealings with their personal
ghosts, with daily political events, with minutiae of gender and race
negotiations...

We would question the vocabularies produced by mainstream politics,
mainstream academe, mass media, and science, and try to reclaim a piece of
public space currently occupied by realpolitik and citizens' conformism, one
the one hand, and alternative Left movements that reduce the pursuit of
justice to problems of economic distribution, on the other.

My focus at this point is on issues of displacement, immigration,
being-elsewhere and feeling-nowhere-at-home, as well as feminisms (a case of
gender-displacement, one could say), but other perspectives are also
welcome.  First submission that I received is from an ex-professor (thesis
advisor) who wrote about how she settled some personal accounts with her
father's haunting memories through Levinas, Kristeva, and Spivak.

Another work that recently caught my attention in this regard is
post-structuralism's 'utility' in issues of adoptees' identity.
Traditionally, this BC prof writes, not knowing who your BIOLOGICAL family
is, is considered a great deprivation, a lack, an inability to develop a
sense of history and continuity etc.  Well, she says (an adoptee herself)
post-structuralism and feminism can show us that that need not be so, that
the sense of belonging and wholeness may be 1) an illusion with anyone,
adoptee or not, or 2) not dependent upon knowledge of what your biological,
'real' family (or ethnicity etc) is.

The title of my MA thesis was Embracing or Rejecting an Identity: Foucault,
Gender, Nationality, and it dealt with contemporary relevance of Foucault's
politics of disidentification.  But my contribution for the first issue
would be about the city that I have been living in as an immigrant for the
last two years -- how it writes itself, how it writes its others.

Not only there need to be a more assertive approach in creating
post-structuralist political communities (that enjoy their inoperativeness),
but we also need to keep ourselves busy with recovering (inventing?) our
ancestors, especially silenced mothers and sisters.  There will be a section
in the magazine dedicated to giving voice to the ghosts like Adle Hugo (a
real story of what happens when a 'madwoman' leaves the 'attic'), who
couldn't cope with Fathers, have been Foreigners, missed the right crossing
to Normalcy, and found Home at a wrong place (in the state of obsession, in
her case).

I am looking forward to receiving your suggestions and submissions.  The
first issue would appear on-line by the end of this year, or at the
beginning of 2002.  All questions and submissions (in form of a MW
attachment) should be directed to my email fauxprophete@hotmail.com.

Thank you,

Lydia Perovich
Halifax, NS
Canada

www.fernwoodbooks.ca

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