Call for Chapters: Routledge Companion to the Literary Magazine

deadline for submissions: 
August 4, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Tim Lanzendörfer, Obama Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
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Call for Chapters: Routledge Companion to the Literary Magazine, ed. Tim Lanzendörfer

The Companion aims to provide an expansive theoretical and practical approach to the “literary magazine” in the Anglophone North Atlantic world. It departs from the observation that the very term “literary magazine” has, so far, not been widely theorized and so remains conceptually quite broad. In most understandings, literary magazines have existed since the beginning of Anglophone periodical culture. Undoubtedly, “literary magazine” is a transhistorical category: a form of periodical which has existed for centuries. The chief intervention of this Companion is to clarify how to understand this form, how it works, and what it does: to shape, in other words, the terrain of research on the literary magazine.

I am asking contributors for 4000-5000 word essays on their topics with the explicit mandate of both providing a useful survey and a theoretically informed argument for the topic’s place within, and as part of a general structuring of, the idea of the “literary magazine.” Contributors should explore, as per the project description, not just what their respective topics mean for the general history of the literary magazine, but also how they contribute to larger discourses on the idea of the literary and the magazine itself.

I hope to receive initial submissions for the chapters in about ten months, May 1, 2020. I will then review the submissions as a whole and suggest useful connections between the essays, as well as offer general editorial guidance and responses. Following revisions, if necessary, the complete manuscript would go to Routledge by the end of summer, 2020, for publication in 2021.

If you are interested in contributing to the Companion, please submit a 250 word abstract for your chosen chapter, and a 100 word biography, to me no later than August 4, 2019. I will inform you of acceptance no later than August 10.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly for more information, such as the longer proposal.

I am currently looking for scholars interested in contributing the following chapters to the Companion:



                The Literary in Magazines


Historical and Regional Contexts

                21st Century American Literary Magazines

                21st Century British Literary Magazines

                21st Century Canadian Literary Magazines


Case Studies

                The Gentleman’s Magazine (1731-1922)

                The North American Review (1815-1940, 1964-)

                Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1817-1980)

                The Times Literary Supplement (1902-)

                Reader's Digest (1922-)

                “Golden Age” Comic Books

                N+1 (2004-)

                The Los Angeles Review of Books (2013-)


However, I am also interested in hearing open proposals for possible chapters, if the Table of Contents strikes you as improvable in any way.


Tim Lanzendörfer is assistant professor of American Studies at the Obama Institute of Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. He is the author of The Professionalization of the American Magazine: Periodicals, Biography, and Nationalism in the Early Republic (2013) as well as Books of the Dead: Reading the Zombie in Contemporary Literature (2018). He is a member of the Board of the Research Society for American Periodicals.