Edited collection on the fictional and non-fictional works of Zadie Smith

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tracey Walters/Stony Brook University

New Edited collection on the fictional and non-fictional works of Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith continues to be one of the most prolific writers of her generation. Literary scholars, students, and general readers of Zadie Smith remain intrigued and invigorated by her tales of the past and present lives of Britain’s multicultural inhabitants.  To date, she’s published five novels, two collections of critical essays, and two vignettes. While there are numerous edited collections of literary criticism devoted to Smith’s fictional and non-fictional publications, most focus on Smith’s earlier work, pre NW and Swing Time. Smith’s most recent novels and critical essays present a more mature Smith who returns to familiar themes (mother-daughter conflicts, identity politics, class, and alienation), but this time her plot lines are grittier, she incorporates much more social commentary, and unlike the first three novels, the protagonists are women.

We are mainly interested in papers examining Smith’s interrogation of identity politics, motherhood, women’s relationships, social media, intersectionality, class, and cosmopolitanism. Preference will be given to entries focused on NW, Swing Time, Feel Free and “The Embassy of Cambodia.” Comparative essays on Smith’s earlier and more recent publications will also be considered.

Completed articles should be no more than 7,000 words.

Deadline for Final (full article) submissions: Nov 9th, 2019

Please send a c.v., and an abstract of 500-800 words and for works that have not been published elsewhere by September 1, 2019, to:

Editor: Tracey L Walters

Contact: tracey.walters@stonybrook.edu