Call for Papers | Portals, Spring 2017, Volume 14

Let us turn a critical eye to objects in relation to human beings, as portrayed through literature and culture. With the recent proliferation of Brown’s “Thing Theory,” our understanding of the relationship between humans and inanimate objects has expanded. An analysis of the materiality of the human body as it compares to that of objects, as well as the distinction between “object” and “thing” will make up the focus of the upcoming 2017 Portals volume.
The Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to submit original critical essays and short creative fiction of a comparative or critical nature. Papers that engage the theme of human-object interaction in diverse literary and linguistic traditions will be featured prominently, though all will be considered.
Submission Deadline: April 9, 2017
Send your original and previously unpublished submission as a .doc attachment to with Portals Submission in the subject line.

Authors will be contacted within two weeks of the deadline.
Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays should be in MLA style, 12-point font, and no longer than 25 pages; these will compare at least two texts from different linguistic traditions. Citations should include the original language and an English translation.
  • Authors may submit up to 3 pieces of critical or comparative fiction.
  • Authors should be currently enrolled undergraduate students, graduate students, or doctoral candidates.
  • Include a 250-word abstract and a cover sheet with contact information, including school affiliation and current academic standing. Your name should not be featured outside the cover sheet; this is a blind selection process.
  • Submissions not in English will be considered, though translations will be prioritized.

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Portals is published once a year in the spring semester at San Francisco State University, in conjunction with the Comparative Literature Student Association (CLSA). Portals features student work that contemplates literary topics across cultural, regional, linguistic, and temporal boundaries. Portals is available in scholarly journal listings worldwide.
We encourage authors to read our journal thoroughly before submitting.