Call for Papers: Special Issue of Vulnerable Times: Exposure and Agency in Canadian Literature (Guest edited by Dr. Eva Darias-Beautell)

This special issue calls for articles that investigate the relation between vulnerability and agency in Canadian literature. The very notion of Canadian-ness has been traditionally associated with certain forms of vulnerability, be they historical, geographical, cultural, or ecological. At the same time, many Canadian texts seem to engage with modes of exposure that, in their radical openness, may produce complex and often unexpected spaces of responsiveness, both within the creative work and between the text and the reader.

We specifically encourage original research on Canadian texts that inhabit Hirsch’s vulnerable times, positing the creative possibilities of a notion of vulnerability across diverse temporalities and in its connection with resistance and agency. This call is for literature in a broad sense, including fictional and non-fictional forms, poetry, drama, graphic novels, and so forth. Possible topics of interest include: resilience, precarity, Indigeneity, activism, ecology, sexuality, migrancy, hospitality.

All submissions must be original, unpublished work and should follow the SAGE Harvard Reference Style and the general style guide linked to below. Articles should be between 6000 and 7000 words, including endnotes and works cited.

Submissions should be sent by email as an attached word file to the guest editor Eva Darias-Beautell ( by the deadline of December 20, 2019. All articles will go through the journal’s peer review process.

More information:
(1) About “Vulnerable Times: Exposure and Agency in Canadian Literature” —
(2) How to submit & Style Guide —
(3) Reference article: “Emotional politics in cleaning work: The case of Israel” —