Kink and Graphic Texts

deadline for submissions: 
October 3, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Sara K. Howe and Susan E. Cook / Southern New Hampshire University
contact email: 

We are currently seeking proposals for a 5,000-word essay specifically focused on kink and graphic texts: graphic novels, comics, manga, etc. Proposals should explore both the kink and the graphic text(s) by engaging theoretical frameworks such as psychoanalysis, queer theory, rhetoric, and/or feminist theory.


This essay will be featured in Literature’s Kinkiest Corners, an edited collection on kink and fringe texts (taboo literature, self-published erotica, SM narratives, fan fiction, and other marginalized texts). In this book, we define kink broadly to encompass a range of "inappropriate" practices and texts, understanding that kink often refers to non-normative erotic fantasies and experiences. One of the interests of this project is an exploration of the ways texts shift in and out of different canons and categories, as well as 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.


Literature’s Kinkiest Corners is currently under contract with Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield. The editors of this collection are Dr. Susan E. Cook and Dr. Sara K. Howe of Southern New Hampshire University.


Please submit your 500-word proposal to by October 3, 2018. Decisions will be made by October 7, 2018, and final essays will be due November 30, 2018