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An Unfamiliar World that We Recognise: Essay Collection on Rick Hudson’s Shrapnel
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2012 saw the publication of the short story writer Rick Hudson’s first novel Shrapnel; this collection invites submissions of essays between 3,000 and 6,000 words long which interrogate this novel from a variety of perspectives and engage with a the numerous themes and issues that arise in the text. We believe that this novel is worthy of critical assessment for numerous reasons including the novelist’s unusual position of his work being located in both ‘literary’ and ‘popular’ fiction and, of course, the novelist’s distinction as a remarkably skilled writer and his claim (albeit comic) to be ‘The Writer Hero Reborn’. Prospective contributors are invited to consider critics’ remarks such as ‘Hudson is the James Joyce figure English literature has always lacked and the most significant writer Manchester has produced since Anthony Burgess’, ‘[Hudson’s writing is marked by] phenomenal ability to use language and the lyrical, striking and often beautiful style he employs’, ‘[Hudson’s writing is] nothing short of brilliant and inspiring. Horror and fantasy enthusiasts will be interested in Hudson’s work as he has constructed truly original fiction out of an over-mined genre, while writers of all genres will no doubt marvel at Hudson’s mastery of language and literary technique’. We invite informal enquiries and 300 word formal abstracts (both to be accompanied by a very brief biography) from academics at all stages of their careers. We envisage that this collection will be published in 2014 and will feature an introduction by the author himself. All final versions of essays are to be written in MLA style.
Hudson and the return of the ‘writerly’ writer / writer hero
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