Special Issue: Contemporary Asian American Literature and Popular Visual Culture: New Reading and Teaching Practices Special Issue Guest Editor: Pamela Thoma

Call for Submissions

Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies

Special Issue:  Contemporary Asian American Literature

and Popular Visual Culture:  New Reading and Teaching Practices

Special Issue Guest Editor:  Pamela Thoma


Whether through graphic novels, filmic adaptations, digital Internet memoirs, or authors’ blogs, contemporary Asian American literature is increasingly linked to popular visual culture.  Indeed, Asian American literature often reaches a broad audience through a media landscape which foregrounds screens, big and small. This special issue of Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies, an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal, invites scholars and critics to explore the visual dimensions, expressions, and projections of Asian American literature.  It especially welcomes contributions that highlight reading and pedagogical approaches designed to address the relationship between Asian American literary and popular visual culture.  Essays may discuss how literary texts expand or contest established concepts of spectacle, spectatorship, fandom, fetishism, gaze theory, visual pleasure, or cultural citizenship. Essays may also consider newer concepts, such as “cosmetic multiculturalism” (Lisa Nakamura), “oriental style” (Jane Chi Hyun Park), or “media convergence” (Henry Jenkins) and the ways in which literary genres and tropes are re-made through encounters with new media forms in the process of “remediation” (Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin). Other possible topics include the importance of Asian American literary texts that “crossover” to visual or digital media for the vitality of the contemporary novel in general or for ethnic literature more specifically.  Finally, contributions may consider the particular meanings of visibility and visuality for Asian Americans in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, an era in which post-racial aesthetics and colorblind rhetorics have carried considerable sway in US culture at the same time that foreigner racialization and racial profiling have proliferated, particularly post-9/11.


Articles must be between 2,000-7,000 words. Book reviews on related texts are also welcome. Book reviews must be under 1,000 words. Please follow the most current MLA format.  Please address all inquiries and submit full articles for this Special Issue to Dr. Pamela Thoma, pthoma@wsu.edu by January 31, 2014.


AALDP is an on-line, open-access, peer-reviewed journal

The production, collection, and distribution of accessible high quality research on Asian American literature for students, teachers, and the general public is our goal.  

The aim of AALDP is to use the internet to grant access to research in multiple ways: one, by going directly to the internet where many students and even faculty now begin their research rather than through a publisher and then via a proprietary database; and two, by emphasizing clear and jargon-free prose so that the complexity of research findings in the field can be accessed by readers with a variety of objectives, including the general reader seeking more information on this complex and sometimes misrepresented field. For more information, see http://onlinejournals.sjsu.edu/index.php/AALDP/issue/current.

ISSN: 2154-2171