CFP: Reminder–Edinburgh Companion to the Essay


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    Nicole B. Wallack

    Call for Proposed Chapters: The Edinburgh Companion to the Essay [Extended Deadline]Overview:

    The Edinburgh Companion to the Essay provides an overview of the theories, histories, contexts and forms of the essay as well as of current debates around the genre and its extensions. The co-editors seek brief (300-word) proposals for chapters that provide original insights into one or more of these thematic threads.

    The chapters would explore the essay as a 21st century genre with its own inheritances, experiments, theories, receptions, contexts, and readership(s). The book seeks to expand understandings of the essay in and beyond European and North American literary cultures.

    Proposed chapters may draw on specific works, authors, movements/periods, concepts, styles, forms, practices, and/or locations. They should especially seek to make innovative contributions to the study of the essay even when revisiting the history of the essay. Chapters should be rigorous and scholarly while reflecting some of the form’s possibilities for inquiry and argument, structure and authorial presence.

    About the series: This volume will join The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and the Humanities series of single-volume reference books, which began in 2006 with The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth Century Literatures in English, and as of 2019 comprises twenty-four titles.

    This collection will include 35 to 40 pieces of original scholarship and criticism of between 6000 and 7000 words apiece, including notes. The final version will be approximately 600-pages long, published in hard cover.This project has been commissioned by acquisition editors at Edinburgh University Press.

    300-word proposals due by July 31, 2019.Notification of acceptance by October 1, 2019.Completed manuscripts for selected proposals due by March 1, 2020. 

    Proposals are invited on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) the following: theories and definitions of the essay

    • current debates about the essay
    • written sub-genres of the essay
    • essays in or across media (e.g. film, photos, digital)
    • essaying and essayism
    • genealogy of the essay
    • key figures in the development of the essay as a genre/praxis
    • key historical moments for the essay
    • the essay within English and American traditions
    • New Journalism
    • alternative histories of the essay (e.g. African American, Queer, feminist, etc.)
    • publication contexts
    • pedagogy
    • institutional contexts (e.g. within school contexts—for both children and adults—and within the public sphere)
    • new forms of the essay

    Questions and/or proposed abstracts may be directed to the co-editors, Mario Aquilina, Nicole Wallack and Bob Cowser by July 31, 2019 at 11:59pm. Proposals should be sent as attachments to in the form of a Word document or PDF and should include: title; abstract of around 300 words; a short profile of the contributor.

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