Book of Essays on Claire Messud's Novels

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Sandra Singer / University of Guelph
contact email: 

Entanglement and Entropy: The Weave of Claire Messud’s Novels

This is a call for chapters for an edited collection of essays on Claire Messud’s novels. Since this would be the first book-length study of her work, chapters on all of her six novels are sought (When the World Was Steady, The Last Life: A Novel, The Hunters, The Emperor's Children, The Woman Upstairs and The Burning Girl). Papers that foreground narratological, historical, cultural and ideological features are most welcome.

Please see the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website description of the book: “Fiction writer, essayist, and professor Claire Messud explores the embodied contingency of lived experience—in history, politics, philosophy, and culture—through her characters’ interactions and adjustments. From the beginning, in When the World Was Steady (1994), her intricate work follows intimate, cosmopolitan affiliations. Human attachments located precisely in time and space, primarily between women or girls, set in motion unanticipated calamity” (

Chapters should be sent to the press at (please cc. Editor Sandra Singer would be happy to field preliminary enquiries.