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November 2017 Issue of Journal of West Indian Literature

The Journal of West Indian Literature (JWIL) invites essays for the November 2017 issue on the topic, “Trans-Media: Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Electronic Mass Media.”

Radio, television, and the internet have served, and continue to serve, as a means of transmitting literature. For many years now, electronic audio and audio-visual mass media platforms have helped disseminate literature to diverse audiences and in varied forms – the radio drama, the literary radio program, etc. In turn, literature as text, as the written word, has long provided substantive broadcast content for these various electronic media, extending and enhancing their perception as modern and post-modern transmitters of mass-market literary culture. In the context of Anglophone Caribbean literature, middle-brow and popular, early and mid 20th century programs in the region, as varied as the BBC “Caribbean Voices” radio broadcasts, Alfred Pragnell’s readings of short-stories by Jeannette Layne-Clarke and Timothy Callendar on Barbados Rediffusion, and Louise Bennett-Coverley’s presentation of Jamaican folklore on the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation’s children’s television show, “Ring Ding,” have linked together text and electronic media. This CFP invites papers that examine the intersection of Anglophone Caribbean literature with radio, television, and internet media platforms. How do text and electronic media shape each other? How do these intersecting media influence or change our understanding of literary performance? How do they impact concepts of author and audience, writer and reader?

Essays should be original work not previously published and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, not including works cited and end notes. Please include a 100-150 word abstract with keywords, as well as a brief (50 word) bio as a separate document. Please submit essays to Glyne Griffith at:  The deadline for receipt of essays is May 26, 2017. Please refer to the submission preparation information on the JWIL website.