LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory Special Issue "Writers and the Business of Writing" DEADLINE 11/16/09

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LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory publishes critical essays which interpret texts from an engaging, coherent theoretical perspective and which provide original, close readings of texts. Because LIT addresses a general literate audience, we encourage essays unburdened by excessive theoretical jargon. We do not restrict the journal's scope to specific periods, genres, or critical paradigms. Submissions must use MLA citation style. Please send essays in triplicate (if outside the US or Canada, one copy will do), along with a 100 word abstract, to Regina Barreca, Editor, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, University of Connecticut, Department of English, 215 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4025, Storrs, CT 06269-4025, USA. litjourn@yahoo.com.

Special Issue: “Writers and the Business of Writing”

We seek essays that examine the lives, works, and critical reception of authors who have achieved both literary and popular success. Using American best-selling novelist of the 1930s and 1940s J.P. Marquand as an example of such a figure (Marquand won the Pulitzer in 1938 for The Late George Apley and wrote a series of stories for the Saturday Evening Post which were adapted for the screen as the wildly successful Mr. Moto series starring Peter Lorre), we invite essays on a variety of topics.

Possible topics include: How do representations of the writer’s life change according to century, decade, sex, ethnicity, availability of technology, etc.? Is the writer considered a drudge, a star, a seducer, an outcast, an entrepreneur, a neurotic, a parasite, a creator, a thief, or a genius? How has self-publishing changed the figure of the writer? How does the territorial battle over the distinction between fiction and nonfiction affect a work’s creation, publication, and reception? In a departure from the usual scope of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, we also invite working writers to submit essays addressing their process and their response to critical reception both inside and outside the academy.

Please review our submission guidelines before sending essays for consideration: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1043-6928&linktype=44

Deadline for submissions: November 16, 2009

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory also welcomes submissions for general issues.

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