Routledge Edited collection: The Monarch and the (Non)Human in Literature and Arts: Western and Global Perspectives (an article about George R.R. Martin's science fiction works needed)

deadline for submissions: 
December 16, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
University of Gafsa

 This collection now needs an article about Monarchy and medievality in George R.R. Martin's Science fiction works

This collection studies the relationship between the figure of the monarch and the concept of humanness in literary texts and media works from different historical and cultural backgrounds.this collection examine the relationship between the representations of the monarchic figures they study and the different configurations of the concepts of the human, non-human, prehuman, post-human in Western and Global cultures. Idealizing and demonizing monarchic figures makes them more or less than human in the different and intersecting cultural contexts of their creation and reception. Naturally, questions of gender, race and religion will be raised. We have received contributions about diffferent 

The appeal monarchic archetypes and symbols in seemingly non-monarchic or even anti-monarchic cultural contexts shows that monarchy can be studied as a residual cultural phenomenon rather than a mere (mostly defunct) political system.  The received chapters have covered this in examples of Western literature and cinema.

George R.R. Martin is an iconic figure in the literature and culture that represents monarchy. However, since we already have articles about GOT. Our interest is in his science fiction works and how they represent archetypes that can also be encountered in his historical fantasies. 

We also welcome contributions in the form of academically informed and engaged interviews with film writers or even actors who worked in and on films about monarchs. 

 Please send your contributions along with a 150 word abstract and a 200 word bio note (the bio will not be sent to the peer reviewers) to   

If you have any queries please contact the editor Dr. Nizar Zouidi through email at

All contributions will be peer reviewed twice (by the editor's reviewers and by the publisher's reviewers to ensure quality).

It is highly recommended to make sure your article contains no typos or errors.

It should also be noted that while we accept epigraphs for the papers, we prefer that they do not exceed a stanza or two if they are in verse or 5 sentences if they are in prose (the shorter the better). 

While illustrations and visual materials will certainly strengthen the argument of the chapter, the author should be prepared to delete them or replace them with references (which might prove a challenge, but sometimes the production phase can require such changes). The article should be complete without the illustrations (they should be optional). I will try to get them printed but I may not be able to convince the publisher so be prepared to make do without them. Even if we get them published, they will probably be black and white. Moeover, the authors should be very careful with copyrighted third party materials and remain within the boundaries of fair use. 

The publisher may only provide limited proofreading this is why the editor recommends Anthony Wright as a professional proofreader that will reliably correct and format your manuscript after acceptance Home | Anthony Wright - Editor, Proofreader, Author ( He helped with the previous collection on villainy and evil and the result is quite satisfying Performativity of Villainy and Evil in Anglophone Literature and Media | SpringerLink. The editor does not take part in any of the transactions you make with the recommended proofreader or any other proofreader you choose. Of course, you may not need any help from a professional proofreader but either way, the editor hopes that your very first draft is already in a publishable shape so we can discuss any changes that would help connect it to the rest of the book. 

The concepts of the human, posthuman, and the pre-human (divine, heroic and mythological) are central to this collection, therefore we highly recommend that your article at least deals with one of them. These concepts are dynamically fluid and this collection wishes to reflect this dynamism. 

Finally, please note that while this book cannot avoid being political, it does not seek to overtly or covertly promote or serve any political agenda or ideology. Any biased views about real sitting or deceased monarchs (especially his majesty king Gilgamesh of Uruk) will not be accepted.