Special Issue on Howard Jacobson

deadline for submissions: 
February 2, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading
contact email: 

European Judaismis pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue devoted to the Man Booker-Prize-winning novelist, Howard Jacobson.

As David Brauner writes in his recently published monograph, Howard Jacobson is a protean figure:

            A Leavisite moralist with a puritanical streak, and a chronicler of dark sexual obsessions and perversions; a highly serious humanist intellectual and a hilariously comic provocateur; a passionate polemicist and an ardent advocate of ‘ambiguity and contradiction’; the author of (in his own words) ‘the most Jewish novel that has ever been written by anybody, anywhere’, whose literary heroes are Jane Austen and D.H. Lawrence, Jacobson revels in ambivalence.

We would welcome proposals on any aspect of Jacobson’s work. Specific topics could include (but are not limited to): Jewishness in Jacobson’s work; antisemitism and/or the Holocaust in Jacobson; Jacobson as a theorist and practitioner of comic fiction; sexual politics and gender identities in Jacobson; Jacobson as a public intellectual; Jacobson’s journalism and/or other non-fiction; Jacobson as a disciple of F.R. Leavis; literary influences and intertextuality in Jacobson; Jacobson as a Manchester writer; Jacobson as an English, British, European and/or transnational writer.


Proposals of no more than 300 words for articles should be emailed to David Brauner (d.brauner@reading.ac.uk) and Bryan Cheyette (b.h.cheyette@reading.ac.uk) by 15th March 2021. Please include institutional affiliation and full contact details. Articles of no more than 7,000 words will need to be submitted by October 1st 2021.