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CFP: A Special Issue of Contemporary Legend on COVID-19

Friday, May 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Unfolding and uncertain events are the moments where narrative emerges (or re-emerges) to fill the vacuum, as people work to make sense of the present and immediate future especially when the explanations and prognostications of official sources are found to be contingent, incomplete, unsatisfactory, or untrustworthy. The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent disruption to daily lives is perhaps the most seismic event in living memory.

The editors of Contemporary Legend are proposing a special issue of the journal to take stock of the emergent vernacular responses to COVID-19, as a snapshot not only of the folkloric forms themselves but of the field’s thoughts about them. This issue will be in the spirit of the Fall 2018 special issue of the Journal of American Folklore on Fake News. The goal is to produce quality work quickly, so shorter and developing ideas are encouraged. The journal's commitment to blind peer review remains, so the editors are taking steps to ensure a rapid review, response, and revise protocol.

Contemporary Legend, the annual journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, aims to promote and encourage research and to provide a forum for those working in this vibrant area of narrative scholarship. Within this context the term ‘legend’ is interpreted in its broadest sense as including Sagen, dites, popular rumors, sayings, and beliefs as well as narrative, and as manifested in verbal art, print, popular culture, material culture, and digital media. Similarly, ‘contemporary’ refers not just to so-called ‘modern urban legends’ but to any legend in active circulation in a given community at any period in history.

The journal presents original research findings and theoretical analyses on all aspects of contemporary legend. The articles range from case studies of individual legends and historical analogues and exploration of legends in society to analyses of performances and transmission, form, meaning and function.
An international editorial board of distinguished scholars with a wide range of interests reviews all contributions, thereby maintaining the high standard of published material.
If you wish to be included in this upcoming issue, please send submissions to both co-editors by August 1, 2020. Please email copies in Word (.doc or .docx) to:
Ian Brodie
Dept. of Literature, Folklore and the Arts
Cape Breton University        
Andrea Kitta
Department of English
East Carolina University

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