Soliciting popular culture essay for literary tourism collection
Single essay sought for inclusion in a collection of essays on literary tourism and the British Isles, under contract for publication by Lexington Books in December 2018, to round out a section on contemporary popular culture and tourism. The collection explores the complex and mutually informing relationships among narratives of history, fiction and film, and tourism via a series of studies of physical locations in the British Isles. The essays that comprise the collection examine the phenomenon of literary travel and the construction and interpretation of “place” through a range of epistemological and critical frameworks, including feminism, cultural studies, geographic and mobilities paradigms, eco-literary tourism, ecosystems, historicity and historicality, dark tourism, and content analysis of marketing practices. Taken together, the essays contribute to our greater understanding of the role that literature and literary tourism has played in shaping how locations in Britain have been seen, historicized, and valued. Further, and more importantly, they complicate our understanding of how the “history” of any place is transmitted to visitors in the present, with consequences for the way the past will be remembered in the future. The collection editor seeks a previously unpublished essay that takes as its subject an influential popular literary book, series, or film and explores the intersection between its imagined British setting and narratives of tourism associated with that location and its history. While the editor is open to studies of any popular writer or film, she is particularly interested in including an essay on Tolkien tourism, new scholarship on tourism and the Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones and tourism, or other fantasy literature and tourism.
Please send completed 25-30 page essays for consideration to the collection editor, LuAnn McCracken Fletcher, at email@example.com, no later than March 15, 2018. The final draft of the accepted essay will be due no later than July 1, 2018.