CFP: [Computing-Internet] Essay Collection "Internet Fictions"

full name / name of organization: 
Ingrid Hotz-Davies
contact email:

Cfp: Internet Fiction(s): Collection to be published with the Cambridge
Scholars Press
Deadline for Submissions: Sept. 15, 2007
Deadline for finished articles: Jan 15, 2008

A small number of contributions is still being sought for a collection of
essays on Internet Fictions, under contract to the Cambridge Scholars
Press and due to be published in 2008.

The collection combines a historical and a systematic perspective on
fiction and the Internet, and is divided into the following
sections: “Classic Points of Departure”, “Appropriations and Inflections
of the Classic Patterns”, “Theoretical Takes on Internet Fiction”
and “Customers and Victims: Fictions and Financial Interests”.

For section two, we still require a contribution from the field of Gender
and Internet Fiction (slash and/or straight and anything that might lie
in between).

The editors also see a certain scope for considering proposals for
additional contributions to these sections that might enrich the
collection and broaden its frames of reference.

Deadlines: Please send a one-page abstract to the editors by Sept. 15,
2007. We will respond to you by the end of September. The deadline for
the finished articles is Jan 15, 2008.

Here, for your reference, is the blurb for the projected collection:

The Internet remains a massive, amorphous, rhizomic collection of
information, fantasy, madness, debate, criminal energy, big business,
stupidity, brilliance, all in all a seemingly limitless multiplication of
voices, all clamouring to be heard. As such, it is a medium which
proliferates stories, narratives, fictions, in ways which are both new
and familiar. It is as a generator of fictions that the Internet seems to
be just waiting to be explored by the disciplines of literary, cultural
and linguistic studies: Fan-fiction, slash and straight; scam baiting;
fan sites; ‘wild’ or ‘rogue’ interpretive universes; gossip. As a
singularly unstructured – and hence as yet uncanonizable – body of texts,
the stories told on the Internet have a distinct element of ‘grass-roots’
fictionalization and so offer an unprecedented opportunity to access,
hear and investigate the stories and fantasies woven by non-professional
writers alongside their more formally recognized colleagues. As a medium
which is beginning to investigate itself by means of various meta-debates
within the vast community of Internet fictionalizers, it is also a
location where emergent phenomena may be debated in their process of
being generated.
This collection seeks to explore this for the most part uncharted
territory in creative, innovative, theory-savvy ways using the manifold
fictions the Internet generates. Its intended readership will be found in
the field of academic debate, but as the internet fictions environment
does show a marked tendency of providing and researching its own theories
and meta-discussions, its practitioners can also be expected to exhibit a
certain interest in our academic discussions. We are therefore committed
to producing texts of sufficient linguistic accessibility and lucidity to
be of use to non-specialized readers.

Please send one-page abstracts to any one of the editors by Sept. 15:
Ingrid Hotz-Davies:
Anton Kirchhofer:
Sirpa Leppänen:

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