CFP: Literature Compass: Victorian Literature (website)

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Bowling Kivmars

Call For Papers: Victorian Literature

Literature Compass is seeking papers on all topics in the study of Victorian literature.

Literature Compass (, a new online resource from Blackwell Publishing, surveys new trends and developments in literary study. We publish original survey articles on new and important directions in criticism and theory (as well as a range of useful reference resources).

Literature Compass is made up of nine sections, devoted to nine fields of study. Articles within each section range from 1000 words (short) to 10,000 (long 'Viewpoints', peer-reviewed). We welcome finished articles and abstracts for work in progress; Literature Compass does not however publish primary research. Articles typically fall into at least one of the following three categories:

1) Overview of a topic in your field with a survey of recent scholarship - Which topics are driving your field? What new research has been published? Can you put that new research in context with your own insights?

Examples: Liz Oakley-Brown - Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Sexual Politics of Translation in Early Modern England

Mark Blackwell - The It-Narrative in Eighteenth-Century England: Animals and Objects in Circulation

2) Comparative look across sections or boundaries - How are various fields interacting? Are there related things happening in different fields? Can one area provide an insight into another when used in teaching or research?

Example: Francis O'Gorman and Katherine Turner - Clasping Hands Across the Gulf: The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century

3) State of the field - Can you offer a fresh perspective on developments in your field? Perhaps there are arguments drawing attention away from the critical points? Are there new resources worthy of attention? Which critical approaches are dominating the field or gaining momentum?

Examples: Seth Lerer - The Endurance of Formalism in Middle English Studies

George Justice - The ESTC and Eighteenth-Century Literary Studies

Please send articles (along with a short description of yourself and your work) or direct any questions to the Victorian Section Editors:

David Amigoni for Prose and the Novel,
Marion Thain for Poetry and Drama,

For more information on preparing your article, please contact Kivmars Bowling, Literature Compass Assistant,

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