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Call for Submissions: Special Issue Guest Editorship Summer 2006
Digital Eves: Transgression/ Transcendence in Cyberspace

Jill LeRoy-Frazier & David E. Frazier, Guest Editors

June 2005

Call for Papers
Women Writers: A Zine is seeking previously unpublished essays and original works of fiction, poetry, and hypertext for an upcoming special issue. Women Writers: A Zine is a digital, peer-reviewed publication that features creative work by women writers as well as scholarship on any aspect of women's writing, women's studies, and feminist scholarship.

"Digital Eves" will explore cyberspace as a contemporary arena for originary human sin: a transgressive space in which, like the biblical Eve, individuals for varying reasons seek to transcend their ontological limits, be they physical, temporal, intellectual, or creative. Submissions should engage the central question "In what ways does or can cyberspace function as an imaginative space in which beings attempt to repeat Eve's original 'encounter with the apple,' perhaps in the hope that computer technology will help afford a success that biblical mythology and tradition has not accorded her?"

Related questions might include

  • How are these attempts at transcendence also a conscious spiritual transgression, and of what sort? With what perceived benefits and consequences?
  • How does striving for transcendence through cyberspace mirror and extend earlier human attempts to reach out at the divine through the construction of transgressive spaces?
  • What role do AI (artificially intelligent agents) play in this drama, and how do they complicate human aspirations?

Approaches could include but are not limited to treatments of virtual reality, online identity and presence, feminist theories of gender and the body, speculative/science fiction, Artificial Intelligence, human consciousness, cyberspace as contemporary carnival, and/or the search for immortality. Creative and interdisciplinary pieces are welcome and encouraged.

Send complete piece and CV/brief bio in Word or text format via email by July 15, 2005 to:

Jill LeRoy-Frazier, Guest Editor David E. Frazier, Guest Editor

 

See www.womenwriters.net/contribute.htm for full submission guidelines. Submissions not selected will be deleted from our files.

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