I’m delighted to say that I have taken up an editorship, alongside Professor Bryan Cheyette, of the Bloomsbury New Horizons in Contemporary Writing series. I think this is an exciting time and opportunity to consider what it means to study contemporary writing in the present age and to deliberate upon the diverse methodologies, approaches, and concerns in my area of academic work. We therefore invite proposals as per the call below.
Bloomsbury are an interesting publisher, to me. While they are a for-profit organization (on which I’m less keen), they also do a much better job of producing affordable, professionally produced, peer-reviewed volumes than do many not-for-profit (or for-profit) presses. Furthermore, they also have a history of open-access experiment, something that they know I am keen on and that I hope to continue to discuss with the press. Finally, in addition to getting excellent support from a great advisory group, on looking through my recent list of citations, they have also, though, played a key role in the shaping of contemporary literary studies in recent years and, as a result, I am very pleased to be able to play a part here.
Editorial Board: Siân Adiseshiah (University of Lincoln, UK), Peter Boxall (University of Sussex, UK), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), Rita Felski (University of Virginia, USA), Rachael Gilmour (Queen Mary, University of London, UK), Caroline Levine (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA), Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London, UK), Adam Kelly (York University, UK), Antony Rowland (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), John Schad (Lancester University, UK), Pamela Thurschwell (University of Sussex, UK), Ted Underwood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA).
Call for proposals
In the wake of unprecedented technological, natural and social change, contemporary literature has evolved a dazzling array of new forms that the traditional modes and terms of literary criticism have struggled to articulate. New Horizons in Contemporary Writing presents cutting-edge research and scholarship that provides new insights into this unique period of creative and critical transformation.
The editors invite proposals for a series of research monographs (typically 90,000 words long) to be published by Bloomsbury. The series — New Horizons for Contemporary Writing — will promote innovative scholarly works that set out new critical models, and respond to the range of emerging literary possibilities. As the reigning literary critical paradigms of the last few decades have entered a period of fertile redefinition, titles in this series will map out alternative intellectual frameworks or methodologies and explore the possibility of a more supple interdisciplinarity that connects new theoretical developments to contemporary literature’s own innovations. We are also interested in works that might take a polemic, yet always rigorous, stance on contemporary debates in literary studies.
Possible subjects include but are not limited to:
- World Literature;
- Computational and stylometric methodologies;
- Legacies of Theory;
- Digital humanities;
- Affect, auto-ethnography and care;
- Electronic literatures;
- Sincerity and irony;
- History, memory and temporality;
- Mutations in dramatic forms;
- Science and the humanities;
- Contemporary literature after postmodernism and/or postcolonialism;
- Beyond -modernisms;
- Contemporary formations of the body;
- Fictions of democracy;
- The future of the novel;
- Visuality and narrative;
- Newness in a global age;
- The Anthropocene and ecocriticism