Edited Collection on Short Works of Henry James

deadline for submissions: 
May 7, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Kathleen McDonald, Ph.D.
contact email: 

Henry James occupies an unusual position in the literary categories of English language fiction. Claimed by both the British and the Americans, as well as by both the 19th century and the 20th, James’ fiction crosses many of the artificially imposed borders our field has created, yet his stories often deal explicitly with the social changes and their consequences that caused the borders to be established in the first place. As we live through yet another period of social upheaval, is James still relevant? What can his short fiction offer a 21st century reader? How might we convey this to our students, many of whom initially find his content dated and his prose challenging? What is it in his work that continues to appeal to the many artists who reference his texts in their 21st century creations?

The volume’s goal is to present an examination of James’ shorter works and their continued relevance in the 21st century. The editors seek papers that explore various aspects of the short fiction of James. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-          Their impact in a time of major social change

-          Influence on later writers and/or the British or American canons

-          Relevant cultural connections/divergences within his own corpus

-          Rhetorical analyses

-          Appearance in contemporary film or other media

-          The roles of romance and ambiguity

-          Transitions and borders

Edited essays should be about 20 pages in length (5,000 words). Submit typed, double-spaced papers using 12-point Times New Roman font, and adhere to the latest updates according to MLA style conventions.

Interested authors should submit the following to kmcdonal@norwich.edu for consideration, by Monday, May 7, 2018:

·   A 300-word abstract

·   A 200-word biography

·   A two-page version of their CV (graduate program, employment, relevant recent publications)

Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the collection by Friday, June 1, 2018.

Anticipated Project Timeline:

- first drafts of essays (5,000 words) will be due by Monday, July 16, 2018

- final versions will be due late September, 2018

    (If the deadlines change, all contributors will be notified immediately.)