Re-reading Rider Haggard [update]

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John Miller, University of Northern British Columbia
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Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a novelist, country gentleman, social commentator, onetime colonial administrator and failed ostrich farmer whose prodigious output comprises a significant but under-examined contribution to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature. While his two most famous works, King Solomon’s Mines (1886) and She (1887) have attracted a steady stream of articles in recent years, most notably from the fields of postcolonial and gender studies, a significant proportion of his oeuvre remains almost entirely unstudied, despite their considerable popular success in his lifetime. Following an initial call for papers we have assembled a strong line-up of essays including contributions on Haggard and science; historical romance; carnivorousness; Haggard’s Aztec writing; Haggard’s gorilla novels; authorship and textuality; Haggard and Modernism and a study of a previously unpublished Haggard short story. We are now seeking to extend and enhance the collection with a small number of additional essays. Radical reappraisals of Haggard’s most noted texts are welcome, but we are particularly interested in articles that investigate less well-known works or that intend to explore Haggard’s diverse range of interests and under-estimated influence on and engagement with other, more celebrated authors. We aim for publication in late 2012.

Topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to:

Spiritualism and the occult
Ecocritical readings
Cultural cross dressing
Haggard, Freud and psychoanalysis
Botany/ horticulture
Haggard and his contemporaries
Animal Studies
Queer readings
Literary topographies
Gender, space and the body
Degeneration and urbanisation
The fin-de-siècle
Zionism/ anti-Semitism
Anthropology/ ethnography
The Best-seller
The Nordic
South African experiences
Children’s Literature

Please send abstracts not exceeding 500 words along with a brief biographical profile to John Miller at by 31st October. Chapters will be 6,000 words in length and will be commissioned by 15th November for delivery by 1st March. Any queries are welcome.

cfp categories: 
modernist studies