Kindred Spirits: Reflections on our relationship with Anne of Green Gables

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Jess Carniel and Nike Sulway/University of Southern Queensland

From a lost silent film to Japanese animation, LMM Montgomery’s Anne Shirley is one of the most enduring fictional characters, finding life on the shelves and screens of each generation since the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908.  The release of Netflix’s new adaptation, released internationally as Anne With An E, prompted a range of responses from generations who had grown up with the books and the iconic Kevin Sullivan/CBC mini-series from the 1980s. This new Anne was darker and edgier, her fragility rawer than before – but was she ‘our Anne-girl’? The varied responses to the series necessitate a reflection on our individual and generational relationships with Anne of Green Gables as an enduring text in its various iterations, from the original book series to television adaptation. How do ‘we’ construct Anne Shirley, and what does she mean to ‘us’?

This collection seeks a range of scholars, writers, and artists to reflect creatively and critically upon their relationships with Anne Shirley and other characters from Avonlea as readers, viewers, and individuals. Submission types may include:

-       Critical and/or reflective essays

-       Poems

-       Short stories

-       Graphic short stories

-       Other visual artwork

Creative submissions may also include an accompanying research statement or reflection, but please include plans for this as part of your proposal.

Approaches may include but are not limited to:

-       Comparative analyses of adaptations

-       Reflections upon intergenerational experiences of Anne

-       Fan fiction

-       Memoir essays on reading/watching Anne

-       New media engagements with Anne

-       Geographies of reading/viewing/fandom

We invite proposals of 300-500 words. Proposals should include:

-       a title

-       an abstract or description of the proposed work

-       type of submission intended (i.e. critical essay, creative work alone, or creative work with research statement/reflection).

The intended outcome is publication of an edited collection that brings together both creative and scholarly works. We are seeking a publisher with the capacity to include high quality images.

Please submit your proposal to Dr Nike Sulway and Dr Jess Carniel via by 31 October 2018.

Contributors will be notified of acceptance by 30 November 2018.

Completed works are to be submitted by 31 May 2019.

For more information, please contact us via the submission email address.