We are creating an invited proposal based upon my performance as a reviewer of another text.
Essays are to be about 8,000 words each.
I have a model and this text will be an scholarly companion to literature using the tools of rhetorical or
cultural studies analysis (possibly other types of analysis). The Companion to Victorian Literature
is described thus:
44 articles by top international scholars in the field who are working with the most dynamic and influential political, cultural, and theoretical issues addressing Victorian Literature today. Engaging the current wave of scholarly interest in decentering established frameworks and building historically-sensitive, interdisciplinary approaches, the companion will offer a collection that scholars and students will find both useful and inspiring.
The framework invites articles that offer new paths into literature. To me, this suggests taking on the
boundaries and possibilities of aspects of literature, including taking on specific works but from novel
angles. If anyone is familiar with John Berger\’s landmark art history text Ways of Seeing, he didn\’t
especially look for new and unknown art by \’Outsiders\’ (that is a genre in contemporary art) to analyze.
Instead, Berger gave astonishing new perspectives on such familiar works as Rembrandt\’s early and late
self-portraits. So we can be inside the boundaries looking from a new angle or looking outside canonical
works at new literary texts and protean tendencies.
No article in the previous companion text focused upon a single work of a canonical writer, but
as the editor says, fell into five categories. We can view part of their scheme as just an idea.
New Directions (10 essays)
2. Short Story
4. Travel writing, Etc.
Formulations of Identity
Expanding Worlds (the essays were from parts of Victoria\’s vast Empire. I think we need to have
a different focus on conclusion)
If you have more questions, please ask.
We have passed peer review. Theory will be important in this text. We are looking for essays involving literature viewed through class theory. Let us see what you have!
The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class
. . . is now on its way to print. Due out in Jul-Aug. It is dedicated to Aaron Barlow (essay contributor) and my mother, who both died in January 2021.
The editor used my illustration of 1890s London’s East End (although our text is global, we did have some essays of this place s and period.
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