Proposals Requested for Modernism in British & World Literature: A (Re)consideration (updated)

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Jeff Birkenstein, Saint Martin's University

Proposals Requested for Modernism in British & World Literature: A (Re)consideration (updated)

Deadline for submissions:

January 15, 2024

Note on Updated Proposal:

We currently have most of the selections made, and essays in process, for a volume on re-considering Modernism with regard to British & world literature. We are, however, still looking for a small handful of high-quality proposals to fill out a few remaining chapters in the project. Our initial call was so successful that we decided to create two collections. The first one, on American Modernism, is currently under review by an academic publisher.


Modernism influences us still. For whatever problems Ezra Pound’s life and writings might present to us now—and they are myriad—his 1934 collection of essays exhorted his generation’s artists to, as the collection’s title indicated, Make It New. An artistic and cultural movement between the world wars—but, really, going back both to the late 19th century and beyond WWII—modernism broke from the old even as it rebuilt what was, refashioned it, repackaged it, reconsidered it, and re-produced it for a new and “modern” world. For our proposed edited collection, then, we are interested in a make-it-new (re)consideration of British & world modernism. Now, a century after James Joyce’s Ulysses and deep into the 21st-century, we find ourselves again at any number of political and cultural precipices. Change is needed, change is coming, and our task is to better understand the idea of making it new, anew. We are—dare we say it?—on the brink of a kind of WWIII or a Cold WAR II, and thus intend to put together a collection of superior essays that (re)examine Modernist British & world literature both unto itself and its influence on the world that followed.  

For this CFP, then, rather than producing a long but ultimately limited list of possible topics, we’re casting a wide literary net. After all, Modernism is a movement that, through literature, touched, and touched on, virtually every aspect of a rapidly changing society. In short, you may consider literary modernism within a single work, an author’s complete oeuvre, a genre, a national literature, or in relation to art, in relation to politics, in relation to its impact on lifestyle, and on and on...

The goal of this edited collection is to encourage an in-depth, multivalent, relevant, and current conversation regarding Modernism and British and world literature, and we would like to hear from you.

Submission details below.

About us:

We are experienced academic writers and editors. We have co-edited numerous volumes together, have published monographs separately (Robert), and co-authored or co-edited collections with others. Together, our co-edited literary volumes include:

American Writers in Exile,;

Social Justice and American Literature,;

European Writers in Exile,;

Connections and Influence in the Russian and American Short Story,;

Significant Food: Critical Readings to Nourish American Literature (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming 2024);

and, Food and the American Dream in American Literature (University of Tennessee Press, forthcoming 2024).

To be considered for this volume, please submit a 350-500 word abstract and a CV (abbreviated is fine) by January 15, 2024. Please email MS Word documents to both of us (Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart Also, of course, don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. In advance, thank you for your interesting ideas; we look forward to learning from you.

You will receive prompt confirmation of receipt and a relatively quick decision regarding your proposal upon the closing date of our CFP, since we have only a few yet important chapter assignments left to fill.

Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way, SE
Lacey, Washington, USA  98503