CFP: The Catcher in the Rye (8/31/04 & 2/28/05; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Graham, Dr S.H.
contact email: 

In preparation and under contract: a guide to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, part of the new series, Guides to Twentieth Century Literature (Routledge).

The editor seeks short essays (4,000 words) on the novel which will open up new ways in which the text can be understood.

Possible topics include:
family/sibling relationships
war (WW2 or Korea)
the USA and adolescence

or a reading of the novel in light of:
queer studies

I would also be interested in essays which assess:
the status of the novel in the 21st century
the significance of the novel outside the USA
the influence of the novel on subsequent fiction and film

Essays will form one section of the finished study. It is important to bear in mind that an overview of existing criticism will precede the new essays, allowing contributors to move away from established ways of understanding the novel.

In the first instance, I would like to see a short proposal (around 300 words) and c.v. by 31st August 2004. Deadline for submission of the completed essay (4,000 words): 28th February 2005.

Please direct any questions to the editor, Sarah Graham, by email:

Dr Sarah Graham
Department of English/Centre for American Studies
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

+44 (0)116 252 2625

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