CRITICAL RECEPTION of John Steinbeck's The Pearl

deadline for submissions: 
May 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Laura Nicosia/Montclair State University
contact email: 


Seeking chapter submission for a Critical Insights volume on John Steinbeck’s The Pearl under contract with Salem/Grey House Publishers. Known for its simplicity and universal themes of greed, power, and economic oppression, The Pearl was originally published in installments in Women’s Home Companion (1945) with its original title, “The Pearl of the World.”  The Pearl is universally appreciated for its accessibility, classroom applications, and suitability to theoretical approaches. With current trends and political climate considered, it is time to revisit this classic text for a contemporary audience.


Submissions should be written with an eye toward providing an overview of CRITICAL TRENDS AND RECEPTION for The Pearl to current students at the secondary and undergraduate level. This essay should survey the major concerns to which critics have attended over the years.


By May 1, please submit a 250-300-word abstract, a 75-word biographical statement (including your affiliation), and contact information to the editor, Dr. Laura Nicosia: or


This volume has a quick turn-around date, and essays of approximately 4000-5000 words (inclusive of Works Cited) will need to be completed by June 5, 2019. An honorarium of $250 will be paid to the accepted essay.