Shirley Jackson (EXTENDED)

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Matthew B. Prickett, Longwood University
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Call for Papers (Extended): Shirley Jackson

Proposed Collection: Beyond “The Lottery”: Critical Approaches to Shirley Jackson

Editor: Matthew B. Prickett, Longwood University


Deadline: October 30, 2009

Beyond “The Lottery” will be a peer-reviewed collection of critical materials examining the life and works of American author Shirley Jackson. The collection will be an opportunity for scholars to draw attention to lesser-known works of Jackson’s, and expand on current scholarship in regards to more widely-known works. Ultimately, the collection will provide the author, and her works, with the critical attention that she has been denied until recently.

With The Extension I am looking for a few specific types of essays:

-Jackson’s importance to 1940s/1950s literature

-Jackson in the academy

-Theoretical approaches to Jackson’s work (namely a discussion as to how to proceed with Jackson)

-The future of Shirley Jackson and her works

-A focus on Jackson’s writings for children (which have not been discussed)

-More essays incorporating Jackson’s lesser-known short stories (specifically what has been published in Just An Ordinary Day)

Other possible topics include, but are not limited to:

-The past place, present status and future importance of Jackson’s works in American Literature
-Jackson’s work and (de)construction of gender and gender politics.
-Jackson’s place in the canon of domestic fiction
-Jackson as a feminist writer
-Representations of The Child in Jackson's fiction and non-fiction
-Jackson’s influence on contemporary writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman
-Cinematic, theatrical and television adaptations of Jacksons' works
-Jackson's place in the Gothic and/or supernatural tradition
-“The Lottery” in popular culture.
-Jackson’s place in the evolution of horror literature
-Jackson as author and icon
-The Haunting of Hill House and the canon of ghost fiction
-Female friendship in Jackson as both homosocial and possibly homoerotic/queer
-Jackson and public controversy / censorship
-Critical attention to currently out-of-print novels such as Hangsaman, The Road Through the Wall, and The Bird’s Nest

Proposals should be at least 2 pages in length. Please send proposals and CVs for this collection electronically as Microsoft Word attachments to Matthew B. Prickett at

The author’s name, email and postal address should appear in the message that accompanies the submission.

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