Literature's Kinkiest Corners

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Drs. Howe and Cook, Southern New Hampshire University
contact email: 

We are currently seeking 500-word abstracts for an edited collection on kink and other fringe texts (taboo literature, self-published erotica, SM narratives, fan fiction, disavowed fictions, and other marginalized texts). In this project, we define kink broadly to encompass a range of "inappropriate" texts, understanding that kink often refers to non-normative erotic fantasies and experiences. We are interested in contributions that focus primarily on contemporary written texts and do so by engaging theoretical frameworks such as psychoanalysis, queer theory, rhetoric, and feminist theory. One of the interests of this project is an exploration of the ways texts shift in and out of different canons and categories. We are particularly interested in how the disavowal and dismissal of these texts does specific cultural work, both consciously and unconsciously. We welcome content and approaches that are themselves taboo.


A publisher has shown interest in this collection. Please send 500-word abstracts for 5,000-word essays. Please include as well one-page CVs and send these materials as Word attachments by February 15th, 2018 to:


The editors of this collection are Dr. Susan E. Cook, Associate Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University, and Dr. Sara K. Howe, Assistant Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University.