Call for Novel-Focused Blog Posts & Teaching Tools
Studies in the Novel, a scholarly journal in its 47th year, invites submissions of guest blog posts and teaching resources to be considered as content on our newly-launched website, studiesinthenovel.org. For the blog forum, we invite incisive, humorous, and intellectually speculative posts from the journal's readers, contributors, and the novel-loving community at large on issues of relevance to scholarship on the novel, new and noteworthy novels, or other novel topics. The selection and publication of blog posts will be at the discretion of the editor and the Studies in the Novel editorial advisory board. This intellectual forum extends the journal's mission by publicizing new directions in the scholarship and teaching of novels and by promoting intellectual exchange. We will consider blog contributions of 500 to 1,000 words, written for a general audience and free of jargon. Contributors are encouraged to respond to comments from our online readers. While we expect the blog to reflect the evolving and varied scholarly interests of Studies in the Novel readers, we particularly welcome posts on the following subjects:
• Noteworthy topics or debates in novel scholarship: issues or conflicts regarding a particular text, author, or comparative approach, theoretical mode, or historical period.
• Speculative posts regarding new directions in novel scholarship or in the novel itself, including its material forms, narrative modes, or other issues concerning the writing, reading, and production of the novel.
• Memorable teaching moments in new or canonical novels, including innovative approaches to teaching a particular novel or cluster of novels in a particular course.
For the site's section on teaching resources, we invite the submission of sample course syllabi, assignments, and short reflections on a "teachable moment"—a passage, a conflict, a scene, a pattern of meaning, or a character—from a novel. Short, 500-word narrative descriptions could focus on any of the following:
• The significance of an individual novel or novelist for teaching a particular area of literary studies
• Your own experience teaching this novel, and the challenges and opportunities it raises
• Pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of this text
• Specific activities or exercises, discussion questions, or innovative projects
• A list of bibliographic resources for teaching this novel
• Links to multimedia or other supplementary documents useful for teaching the novel
• Afterthoughts or reflections connecting the teaching of this text to broader social engagement or scholarly inquiry
Blog posts and teaching resources featured on the site will be credited to their authors. All questions and submissions should be sent to Tim Boswell, managing editor, at email@example.com.