[Appel] L’Internationale Situationniste et la littérature

Call for Papers:

New Readings : The Situationist International and Literature 

Issue edited by Alastair Hemmens and Gabriel Zacarias 

The Situationist International (SI, 1957-1972) is today widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative avant-gardes of the post-war period. The Situationists famously called for the ‘end of art’ and joyously proclaimed the death of the author. Nevertheless, the SI emerged out of and has since influenced a wide range of ‘artistic’ subject areas from art and architecture to film and music (even indirectly contributing to the emergence of Punk and the Manchester music scene of the 1970s and 80s). It was literature, however, of all the arts that formed arguably the most important source of inspiration and critical engagement for the Situationists. Literary productions of the past, from Shakespeare to Surrealism, formed an important reference point and source of inspiration for critical intervention. The written text was, moreover, undoubtedly the main medium through which Situationist ideas and critiques would be developed, explored and expressed through innovations in both form and content. The Situationists, however, always took a critical approach to literature as literature, that is, as a highly specialised form of commodity production, and, as a result, they were scathing in their criticisms of the literary productions of their time. Nevertheless, Situationists continued to engage with literature, even critically, producing novels, memoires, ballads and poetry and their ideas and practices would go on to have a major influence on literary production outside of their immediate circle, a process the SI themselves interpreted through the lens of ‘recuperation’. The aim of this issue of New Readings will be to explore the complex relationship of the SI to literature. 

We invite proposals for articles that might consider the following themes 

  • The Situationist relationship to and engagement with literature and literary theory. 
  • Situationist engagement with the literary production of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. 
  • Novels, poetry, translations and other literary texts produced by members of the Situationist International. 
  • Comparative approaches to how contemporary literary authors and genre fiction, such as sci-fi, approached similar topics to the SI, such as cybernetics, spectacle and mass consumerism. 
  • The influence, direct or indirect, of Situationist theories and practices, such as spectacle, unitary urbanism, radical subjectivity, détournement and psychogeography on literature. 
  • The significance of the concept of ‘recuperation’ to understanding the influence of the SI on literary production. 
  • Situationist critiques of literature and literary theory as such. 

New Readings is a peer reviewed journal publishing original research in the fields of literature, cultural history, film and visual culture. Articles may be written in English or in the language of the primary materials under analysis. All articles are ‘diamond open access’ – a model under which neither writers nor readers pay anything for permanent open access for all. 

Expressions of interest with a title and abstract should be submitted to Dr Alastair Hemmens, Lecturer in French, Cardiff University School of Modern Languages hemmensa@cardiff.ac.uk before 30 March 2022. The issue will be published in December 2022.

New Readings : https://newreadings.cardiffuniversitypress.org/


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