Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon

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Martin Paul Eve, University of Sussex
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Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, a new Open Access, peer reviewed e-journal of scholarly work pertaining to the writings of Thomas Pynchon and adjacent fields, seeks articles, reviews and letters for publication.

Thomas Pynchon is an American writer of novels, short stories and occasional journalistic pieces whose influence upon the contemporary American writing scene is virtually unparalleled, leading Harold Bloom, in recent correspondence, to write: "certainly he is still the most important writer alive". Topics for consideration could include, but are by no means limited to:

Comparative studies with related authors
Novel theoretical contexts for Pynchon's work
Pynchon's literary influence
Biographical criticism
Transatlantic/Transpacific connections
The Great American Novel
Historiographic meta-/historical fiction
Political implications of Pynchon and his contemporaries' work
Gender and sexuality in Pynchon
Pynchon's publishing process/archival work and source materials
Pynchon's music and songs
The shape and/or phases of Pynchon's career and its evolving contexts
The Pynchon scholarly community itself, including online developments (eg. P-Wiki, PYNCHON-L)

All submissions will undergo a strict, double-blind peer review process and will also be subject to scrutiny from our international expert editorial board. Accepted submissions will be made available as an online publication (ISSN: 2047-2870), assigned a DOI number and archived for posterity with both the British Library's online deposit service and, subject to approval, the LOCKSS network.

Submissions should be made online, using the MLA bibliographic format, at: https://www.pynchon.net/submit

To be included in the first publication batch, please be ensure to submit by 1st November, 2011. Submissions after this date will be published after the initial run.