Arthur Morrison and the East End

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Diana Maltz
contact email: 

Call for Papers: Arthur Morrison and the East End


We seek critical articles for an essay collection on Arthur Morrison and the East End. We welcome essays on a variety of aspects relating to his body of work. 


Essays can address his most famous novel A Child of the Jago, but can alternatively focus on his lesser-known novels (particularly The Hole in the Wall and To London Town), his short stories (including those from Tales of Mean Streets), and his journalism. 


Broad themes include:

Morrison and East End history

Morrison and representations of childhood

Morrison and linguistic experimentation

Morrison and eugenics

Morrison and religion

Morrison and masculinity

Morrison, geography, and cartography

Morrison and naturalism

Morrison and other slum-fiction authors (including transatlantic and continental authors)

Morrison and the literary marketplace

Morrison and disability

Morrison and motherhood

Morrison and late-Victorian sociology

Morrison and Cockney representation

Morrison and cultural philanthropy (eg. the People’s Palace)

Morrison and late-Victorian popular culture

Morrison and criminology

Teaching Morrison in the classroom

Morrison’s literary legacies


Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted along with a 60-word author biography to Diana Maltz ( by October 1, 2017. Following acceptance of abstracts, final papers should be approximately 7,000 words long and will be due by Sept. 1, 2018. Routledge has expressed interest in this collection.