Call for Articles: Alif 43 (2023)

This issue of Alif explores representations of brotherhood/sisterhood in literature and the arts. What does it mean to be part of a brotherly/sisterly bond? And what do such bonds entail, positively or otherwise? These questions have been extensively posed and revisited in a variety of traditions old and new, from Antigone’s passionate quest to bury her brother in Sophocles’s play to the Biblical murder tale of Cain and Abel, the Quranic chapter on Joseph and his envious brothers, or rancor in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Sibling relations can also transcend kinship and blood relations to include shared causes and values, such as political solidarity and gender equality. This issue of Alif welcomes articles that explore the theme of brotherhood/sisterhood theoretically and analytically in literature and other art forms.

Article topics might include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Comparative analyses of sibling relations in literature and the arts
  • Brotherhood/sisterhood as political solidarity
  • Gender manifestations of brotherly/sisterly bonding
  • Representation of enmity, hostility, and conflict in sibling relations
  • Brotherhood/sisterhood between idolization and resentment
  • Exploring adaptations of traditional brotherhood/sisterhood narratives
  • Sibling relations in children’s literature                                                                            

Key Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words) October 1, 2021
Deadline for submission of full articles May 1, 2022
Publication date Spring 2023


Alif is a refereed, annual, multi-lingual, and multi-disciplinary journal published by the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo. Each issue revolves around a theme or a problematic, bringing together the views and approaches of scholars from all over the world.

Alif is electronically available on JSTOR and indexed on a number of prestigious databases including Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, SAGE, Index Islamicus, EBSCO, Project MUSE, and Literature Resource Center (Gale).

Submission instructions: An initial 300-word abstract should be submitted by 1 October 2021, accompanied by the author’s email address, telephone number, and postal address. Articles based on accepted abstracts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words and may be submitted in Arabic, English, or French by electronic mail to, together with an abstract of 100 words and a 50-word biographical note on the contributor. Authors should consult the MLA Handbook (ninth edition) for style in preparing their manuscript.

Only original articles that do not duplicate previously published work, including the author’s, and are not under review by another journal or collection will be considered.


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