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Body Electric

Body Electric

CALL FOR PAPERS - Second Edition - New submission deadline: Jan 15, 2015

Insprired by the recent Hollywood adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, the theme of the second edition of Body Electric is related to wealth and deficit, literally or metaphorically. We invite submissions from graduate students from any university in Canada. Posted April 24, 2014.

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The CAS is proud to introduce our new graduate journal in American Studies - Body Electric. Launched in 2012 by a group of our MA students, led by Caroline Diezyn, this peer-reviewed journal is a graduate publication focussing on American Studies in Canada.

In 1867 Walt Whitman added the line "I sing the body electric" to a poem in his collection Leaves of Grass. Nearly a century later, Ray Bradbury published a science fiction anthology with that same line as its title. This year, American recording artist Lana Del Rey titled one of her songs "Body Electric." When Whitman coined the phrase, "electric" had not yet entered common usage in American vernacular; 145 years later, his phrase is still part of the American cultural psyche. It's this artistic and cultural heritage that our journal draws upon in its exploration of the most dynamic and volatile period in America's history -- the period from the mid-19th Century to the present day.  

The graduate journal from the Centre for American Studies at Western University also adopts this reoccurring name as a representation of American culture, art, history, science, and politics since Whitman's poem's publication. "Body Electric" signifies to our journal the beginning of a period of extreme advancement and innovation in America's history.

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Questions about paper submissions or getting involved with the journal should be directed to Editor-in-Chief Caroline Diezyn.