Literary Imaginaries, Legal Imaginaries, and the Work of Law and Literature – CFP for Edited Collection (Special Journal Issue or Anthology)

deadline for submissions: 
September 10, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Almas Khan, Georgetown University Law Center

In both their lives and texts, lawyers who are also literary authors have long implicitly or explicitly explored the complex relationships between creative and practical work; Franz Kafka and Wallace Stevens are among the most salient of these hybrid disciplinarians. The law and literature movement’s burgeoning since James Boyd White’s The Legal Imagination (1973) can be envisaged as the scholarly iteration of this phenomenon. Proposals responding to this call should analyze the generative liminality of literary-legal professionals; all time periods and places are welcome. Additionally, proposals may endeavor to instigate a broader reconceptualization of the interconnections between literature and law and scholarship and praxis.

I have been in contact with a literary journal and a monograph publisher about proposing an edited collection on lawyer-authors and their work. I am presently soliciting 250-300 word abstracts that will be developed into longer essays should the collection proposal be accepted. Please email the abstracts with tentative paper titles to me, Almas Khan, at by September 10. I will be in touch by the end of the month about the status of your proposal.