CFP: Global Encounters: Taiwan Literature vis-à-vis World Literatures Globalization, a trend prevailing to the future development of Taiwan, has tremendously transformed the vistas of political reforms, cultural productions, and ethnic re-composition on the island. The globalized landscape concurrently re-channels the visions of not only the local residents, including indigenous indwellers and foreign settlers, but also the international communities keeping an eye on the island’s route of development. Such gradual but radical transformation, in many ways, has encouraged the nation-state identity and identification to vacillate between insularism and globalization. In this transitional state, Taiwan can be regarded as a post-industrial, postmodern, or postcolonial cultural montage. It is noteworthy that such robust transformation has been recorded by a great number of local writers, film directors, artists, and cultural activists who document the pain, confusion, and/or elation during this marching process. Since this struggle cannot be articulated simply from an “insular” perspective, Taiwan’s cultural productions and activities can be seen to be mirrored in nations across the world that have undergone or are still experiencing similar situations. It is from this vantage of placing Taiwan in the global, local or glocal panorama that this collection of essays seeks research papers that address issues relevant to the process of cultural transformations, the cultural and literary intertextuality between Taiwan and other nations, the vision of the world in Taiwan’s literature and vice versa. Other interdisciplinary or comparative topics to illuminate the complex positions of Taiwan in transit are also welcome. We encourage new theoretical approaches to comparative analysis of two or three bodies of literature. The collection also looks for papers with groundbreaking observations and challengeable cultural discourses that speak of the particularity of Taiwan from wider perspectives not limited to or generally defined by Anglo-American and Eurocentric paradigms. Submissions should be written in English and conform to The MLA Handbook. There are two deadlines for submission. The abstract (no more than 250 words) should be received by 30 August 2008. Once your abstract is accepted, the completed manuscript should be submitted by 30 December 2008. Manuscripts will be evaluated anonymously and should be approximately 8,000 words in length. Please do NOT put your name on the paper. On a cover sheet, include the title of your paper, your name, affiliated institute, postal address, telephone, and e-mail address. The resulting essay collection will be peer reviewed and published by NTU Press. Please send submissions or queries to Dr. Bennett Fu (bennettfu_at_ntu.edu.tw) or Dr. Paoi Hwang (pihwang_at_ntu.edu.tw). We look forward to hearing from you.