Call for Submissions: African Literature Today 35, Focus on Egypt, deadline 15 December 2016

African Literature Today (ALT) 35

Focus on Egypt

Call for Submissions

Nawal El Sadaawi

Nawal El Sadaawi

Egypt, a historically important and strategically located North African country, is also a leading nation in the Arab world.  This special issue of African Literature Today will focus on Egyptian Literature and examine writers whose works have enriched African Literature through history.  Of special interest are works that depict historical forces, cultural and socio-political factors that have shaped and influenced the evolution and development of contemporary Egyptian literature.

Yusuf Idris

Yusuf Idris

Approaches include (but are not limited to) critical explorations of folklore, myths, memoirs, poetry, short stories, and novels which capture the mood of the nation and the human condition at a particular point in time. Creativity has flourished in Arabic as well as the English language, producing acclaimed national and international writers-Naguib Mahfouz, Yusuf Idris, Nawal El Saadawi, Ahdaf Soueif, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Alifa Rifaat (Fatimah Rifaat), to mention but a few-whose thematic concerns have been as versatile as they have been controversial.

The Editor seeks articles that explore the diverse genres of Egyptian Literature depicting in particular, ideas of human rights, justice and freedom; feminism against the backgrounds of intractable patriarchy; women’s rights versus religious fundamentalism; socio-political transformations and the quest for a new order, etc.

altIn addition to the focused theme, submissions are also invited for two new sections in this issue:

*   LITERARY SUPPLEMENT:  short creative writing selections-poetry, short story and drama (one-act plays);
*   FEATURED ARTICLES:  non-themed articles on any aspect of African Literature.

All submissions should be sent to the Series Editor, Ernest N. Emenyonu,<>

Deadline: 15 December 2016

Articles are reviewed blindly so do not insert your name, institutional affiliation and contact information on the article itself.  Instead provide this information on a separate page.   Please also provide an abstract of your article not exceeding 200 words in a separate file.  Both the abstract and personal profile should be submitted with the article but as separate attachments.

Further Guidelines:

Length:  Articles should not exceed 5,000 words

Format:  Articles should be double- spaced throughout.  Use the same typeface and size throughout the article.

Style:      UK or US spellings, but be consistent.  Direct quotation should retain the spelling used in the original source.  Check the accuracy of your citations and always give the source, date, and page number in the text and a full reference in the works cited at the end of the article.  Italicize titles of books or plays.  Use single inverted commas throughout except for quotations within quotations which are double.  Avoid subtitles or subsection headings within the text.

References: Follow the series style [Surname, date: page number] in brackets in text. All references/works cited should be listed in full at the end of each article, in the following style:

Surname, name/initial, title of work, place: publisher, date.

Surname, name/initial. ‘title of article’. In surname, name/initial [ed.] title of work. Place of publication, publisher, date.

or Surname, name/initial, ‘title of article’, Journal, vol. no.: page no.

REVIEW SECTION: Deadline for submission:  28 February 2017
Please submit Reviews/review ideas/books to review for consideration to the Reviews Editor, Obi Nwakanma, English Department, Colburn Hall, 12790 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL 32816, USA.<>

Submissions and other enquires should be directed to:

Ernest N. Emenyonu, PhD
Professor & Chair
Editor, African Literature Today
Department of Africana Studies
University of Michigan-Flint
Flint, MI 48502-1950<>

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