Call for Proposals: Literary Studies

deadline for submissions: 
April 2, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
James McGovern / Oxford University

We invite proposals for monographs or edited volumes for our Series in Literary Studies.

Literary studies is one of the richest and most interdisciplinary fields of study, encompassing a wide array of valid approaches, from the historical, to the theoretical, to the experimental. Broadly speaking, works of literary scholarship aim to change or enhance the way we read texts by investigating their complexity.

We are particularly interested in books on English Literature, although we are open to proposals which examine any type of world literature.

The scope of the present call is broad. Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

  • Female writers in English Literature
  • Origins of the English Language
  • Medieval literature
  • Literary objects/Material culture
  • Ecopoetics
  • Mass media and pop culture
  • Reading scripture
  • Early modern theatre; Shakespeare
  • Post-colonial literature
  • Writing lives
  • History of rhetoric
  • Modernism/post-modernism
  • Literary journalism
  • Jewish literature
  • War poetry
  • New Historicist approaches
  • Literary theory
  • Close/distant reading techniques; practical criticism

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page monograph proposals to, including a summary, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics of relevance to the series in Literary Studies are also welcome. More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website. James McGovern is Commissioning Editor at Vernon Press with a background in English Literature and Creative Writing.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors, and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles. Recent and forthcoming titles in this series include The Picturesque, The Sublime, The Beautiful: Visual Artistry in the Works of Charlotte Smith (1749-1806) and The Poetics of Fragmentation in Contemporary British and American Fiction.