Re-reading Rider Haggard [update]

full name / name of organization: 
John Miller, University of Northern British Columbia
contact email: 
jmiller1@unbc.ca

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Aztec writing; Haggard’s gorilla novels; authorship and textuality; Haggard and Modernism and a study of a previously unpublished Haggard short story.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
Egyptology
Ecocritical readings
Romance
Cultural cross dressing
Haggard, Freud and psychoanalysis
Botany/ horticulture
Haggard and his contemporaries
Animal Studies
Queer readings
Literary topographies
Fantasy
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 jmiller1@unbc.ca 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: 
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
journals_and_collections_of_essays
modernist studies
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
science_and_culture
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian