Jane Austen: Fan Phenomena – call for chapter submissions

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    Gabrielle Malcolm

    Call for Submissions


    Intellect Books


    Editor: Gabrielle Malcolm


    A Call for Essay/Chapter Submissions for a collection on the Fan Culture of Jane Austen.


    This book will be an edited collection of essays and texts on the Fan Phenomena of Jane Austen. It will be a new addition to the successful Fan Phenomena series from Intellect Books, which acts as a more topic specific accompaniment to their <i>Journal of Fandom Studies</i>.


    The afterlife of Jane Austen’s novels constitutes a vast culture on a global scale. She has remained enduringly popular and in recent years there has been a huge growth of spin-offs, derivations, new adaptations, and <i>homage</i> to her work. The original published novels are a starting point but the focus of this volume is principally on the fan culture, adaptations, cultural appropriations, derivations, JAFF, and Janeite world. The Fan Phenomena series is aimed at the fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of the fan culture universes. Submissions need to be entertaining, informative, and jargon free.


    Submissions could cover, but are not limited to:


    • TV and film adaptations of the novels over the years and how they differ and reflect the changing reception of the works: such as <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> in the hands of Fay Weldon (1980s) and Andrew Davies (1990s)
    • Feminism and Austen fandom: Emma Thompson’s Oscar-winning adaptation of ‘Sense and Sensibility’
    • Adaptations of the novels that relocate the narratives: e.g. Helen Fielding’s <i>Bridget Jones’s Diary</i>
    • Sequels: <i>Pemberley </i>(Emma Tennant), <i>Death Comes to Pemberley </i>(PD James), <i>A Darcy Christmas</i> (Amanda Grange), etc.
    • Literary and TV spin-offs (with the fan as central figure): e.g. ITV’s ‘Lost in Austen’, Laurie Viera Rigler’s <i>Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict</i>, Shannon Hale’s <i>Austenland</i>
    • Racy alternative narratives: Maya Slater’s <i>Diary of … </i> series
    • The re-imagined Zombie, slasher, horror and Gothic narratives: Amanda Grange’s <i>Mr Darcy Vampyre</i> and <i>Pride and Prejudice and Zombies</i> by Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Tourism, merchandising and the Regency romance industry
    • Cos-play and role play, Jane Austen style
    • Neo-Georgians online and in person: the etiquette and manners
    • The biographical depictions of Austen, e.g. in ‘Becoming Jane’
    • Blogs, JAFF, and fan forum discussions
    • Re-enactments and parallels of plots in books and films like Karen Joy Fowler’s <i>The Jane Austen Book Club</i>
    • Is it ALL about <i>Pride And Prejudice</i>? How are the less popular novels featured in the fan’s universe?
    • Fan films, mash-ups, graphic novels, and comic book adaptations
    • THE scene – ‘the wet shirt’ – and the contemporary eroticisation of Austen’s characters.


    Final submissions should include 5-7 high quality images. Each chapter needs to be 3,000-3,500 words, and can include a ‘Go Further’ reading/viewing/clickable list.


    If you are interested in submitting a chapter and have any questions please contact the editor: Gabrielle Malcolm gabymalcolm@yahoo.co.uk


    350 word proposals for submissions need to reach the editor by 30<sup>th</sup> March 2014, after which the chosen contributors will be notified in a timely fashion. Final completed chapters and images must be submitted to the editor by 15<sup>th</sup> September, 2014.


    For more information on Intellect Books and the Fan Phenomena series please go to:





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