Companion to American Gothic (Jan 31 2013)

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Dr John Sears & Dr Jason Haslam
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Call for contributors

We are currently commissioning contributions to a proposed Companion to American Gothic, to be published in 2015 by a major UK academic publisher as part of a new series of Gothic companions.

Proposals for chapters of 5500-6500 words (including notes) are invited. Early career researchers are encouraged to submit, but we welcome proposals from all American Gothic scholars.

Chapters are required that offer critically erudite, authoritative, and cogently written surveys and analyses, focused on appropriate examples, addressing the following topics:

European Ghosts, American Witches: Early American Gothic Realism / Romance

Slavery and the Gothic

Romantic Gothic: The American Tradition

American Modernism and the Southern Gothic

American Gothic after 9/11

American Art and the Gothic Sublime

American Gothic Film and Television

Gothic Gaming in Video and Role-Playing

Gender and American Gothic

African-American Gothic

Border Magic - Chicano/Chicana Gothic

Proposals (500 words), and any queries about these topics, should be sent by email to the editors, Jason Haslam ( and John Sears (, by January 31st 2013. Decisions for inclusion will be made by the end of February 2013, with completed chapters due for submission end of October 2013.