New Directions in William James and Literary Studies

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August 15, 2016
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Special Issue of "William James Studies"
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The William James Society and its peer-reviewed journal William James Studies invite abstract submissions from literary scholars with diverse interests and approaches to the life and work of William James for a special issue of the journal, "New Directions in William James and Literary Studies." Abstract paper proposals up to 300 words are due by August 15th.  All submissions will conform to a strict timetable for publication for the May 2017 issue of William James Studies (for more see details below).  Please submit abstracts or direct queries to both Dr. Todd Barosky ( and Dr. Justin Rogers-Cooper ( by August 15, 2016.


We welcome submissions that examine James and his relationship to literature, broadly conceived, including those with interdisciplinary perspectives with possible orientations toward history and/or American studies. Papers might examine any number of the following:


* James and the theory and practice of literary interpretation, both in his own time and in ours;

* James and his relationship to modernism, realism, and other literary genres;

* James and nineteenth and/or early-twentieth century aesthetic movements;

* James' philosophies of psychology, pragmatism, religion and literary authors/texts;

* James and contemporary interpretive contexts, including critical race and ethnic studies, queer theories, new materialisms, and periodical/archival studies;


Authors should submit 300-word abstracts that outline a clear argument, identify relevant texts by James and others, and place their paper within a contemporary scholarly framework or conversation.  Please note the following time-table for publication:


September 30: All authors notified of acceptance or rejection. Accepted authors affirm the publication time-table.

December 15: Authors submit roughly 3,000-5,000 word article in Chicago Style (16th edition).

January 15: All editorial feedback and suggestions for revision go back to authors.

Feb 15: Revised papers submitted for copy-editing.

March 1: Copy-editing and final revisions for publication.

May: Special Issue of William James Studies available for public.


The William James Society (WJS) is a multidisciplinary professional society that supports the study of, and communication about, the life and work of William James (1842-1910) and his ongoing influence in the many fields to which he contributed. We are currently interested in expanding the society’s engagement with disciplinary fields beyond philosophy and psychology. The peer-reviewed online journal William James Studies can be found on several subscription databases, including the Modern Language Association.