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An Editorial Note


The world has entered into the age of universal economic crisis. In this second decade of the twenty-first century, the long shadow of economic downturn and instability looms over not only traditionally underdeveloped countries and regions, but the superpowers of global economy, such as the US, the EU, and China. At the time when economy is at once a global priority and the source of worldwide anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, and when economic crisis seems to accelerate the crisis of humanities and higher education, the ELLAK will organize an international forum to reconfigure the interface of literature and economy and redefine the social parameters of literary studies.

The nexus between literature and economy has never been so dynamic and convoluted as it is today. In classical Marxist theory, the base determined the superstructure, not vice versa. Postmodern and poststructuralist reorientations of humanities in the last half century or so, however, have led us to recognize that literary texts and material conditions, or the literary and the economic, are not only interdependent and mutually constructed, but also inseparable from each other. The interface of literature and economy is now observable on both structural and symbolic levels. This interface, in turn, overlaps with other interfaces of diverse social and theoretical directions, locating the economy of literature on historical, political, and sociological horizons and beyond, on the one hand, and negotiating a new discursive model of humanities and social sciences, on the other.

With the 2016 theme of “The Interface of Literature and Economy” in tandem with 2016 ELLAK International Conference in Daejeon Convention Center, 13–15 December 2016, JELL editorial collective hope to explore the interface of literature and economy in its multiple, simultaneous, and plural manifestations in an open platform. To enhance the further dialogues, we welcome papers that explore the many ways in which works of the interface of literature and economy reflect changing perceptions and definitions of literature. We encourage all theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches as well as papers that focus exclusively on the historical, conceptual, and theoretical understandings of the intersection of literature/culture and economy, or of literary/cultural studies and economics. — Ed.


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