Welcome to Transnational Literature, an open access, refereed international e-journal which was published twice a year by the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia from 2008 to 2018.
Transnational Literature has a new home with TRACE at Bath Spa University, and they have now published their first issue, Volume 12(1). please visit Transnational Literature's new page.
We define Transnational Literature as writing or literature that crosses borders and moves beyond nations, recognising differences as well as points of connection between cultures. We accept both creative and scholarly articles on transnational themes. To view the full call, please visit TRACE’s projects page
CRNLE was founded in 1977 by Dr Syd Harrex and was based in the Department of English at Flinders University, South Australia. The Centre promoted research into the literatures of India, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and Australia, and all parts of the world where literature in English has been written. The Centre had a world-wide list of associates and a long list of publications, and organised and supported a number of conferences involved in the scholarly investigation of the role of new literatures throughout the world.
Transnational Literature maintained a focus on new literatures in English, but expanded its portfolio to consider all literatures that deal with cross-cultural contact and interaction.Postgraduate and Honours students were encouraged to submit papers.
Click here for the list of members of the editorial team and the Advisory and Editorial Boards for Transnational Literature as at December 2018.
Transnational Literature is indexed in MLA Bibliography, Proquest, EBSCO and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
(2016-10-27) Rutledge, Thais; Tally, Robert T., Jr.
In its ironic narrative and distinctive geography, Joseph Conrad’s 1897 short story ‘An Outpost of Progress’ is well suited for geocritical analysis, insofar as Conrad demonstrates the degree to which space and place affect both the characters in the story and style of the text. Focusing on the unique setting—the ‘outpost’—in which the events take place, Rutledge and Tally argue that Conrad’s tale employs an ironic narrator in order to highlight the tale’s distinctive spatiality, particularly with respect to a geopolitical system that too neatly divides the spaces of the globe into civilized and barbaric regions. The spatiality of ‘An Outpost of Progress’ can be seen in the geographical aspects of the narrative, with the specific site or heterotopia of the ‘outpost’ situated at the edge of a territory coded as ‘barbaric’ or ‘uncivilized,’ thus connecting the colonized domain in central Africa to the metropolitan society of northwestern Europe, largely unseen, but implicitly present throughout the story. But this spatiality may also be observed in its formal or stylistic elements, especially in the point of view and voice of the narrator, as the perspective shifts from omniscient overseer to ironic commentator and then to a free indirect style in which the distance between narrator and subject is dramatically reduced. In this way, Conrad produces an ironic, spatial narrative that highlights, in both content and form, the absurdity of the imperialist ‘civilizing mission’ in Africa.