Proposals Sought for an Edited Collection of "Conservative" Writing (Updated)

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Camilo Peralta
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Call for Chapter Proposals for an Edited Collection

No Lost Causes: An Anthology of Conservative Writing on Art, Society, and Culture

Since the middle of the twentieth century, cultural criticism in the West has been dominated by post-structuralist assumptions about truth, meaning, universal values, etc. Long before then, however, it was understood that art had a higher purpose, that artists sought to inculcate certain values in their audience, whether moral, ethical, or religious. Theorists from Aristotle to Matthew Arnold took it for granted that works of art, in short, do not exist merely for their own sake, but to teach us something about the human experience. Through the work of Paul Elmore More, Irving Babbitt, T. S. Eliot, and the Southern Agrarians, among others, the lingering influence of this view endured into the twentieth century.

I invite proposals for an edited collection of essays that seek to continue these efforts in the twenty-first. Our goal is to articulate and defend conservative approaches to art, society, and culture, like those favored by the individuals named above. Essays are welcome on a wide range of topics, including conservatism in or and any of the following:

  • Ancient Greece or Rome

  • Medieval or early modern art

  • The Romantics, Victorians, or Inklings
  • Asian, African, and other non-Western forms of conservatism
  • Critical evaluations of post-structuralism and its off-shoots (e.g., Marxism, gender theory)

  • Appraisals of neglected authors or literary theorists

  • Christian apologetics

  • Conservatism in popular culture

*Update: I have received a few proposals on C. S. Lewis, but would welcome some on any of the other Inklings. I am also interested in analyses of individual books, movies, and other forms of art that reflect a conservate sensibility. If you have any questions about the suitability of your proposed topic, just ask!

Queries and proposals are welcome from recent graduates, independent scholars, and established academics alike. If interested, please send an abstract of 100 - 200 words and a CV to by 15 July 2024. I expect to make a decision on submitted proposals by the end of summer. Initial drafts of 5000 - 8000 words, in Turabian / Chicago, would be due by 31 January 2025.

About the editor: Camilo Peralta, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English at Joliet Junior College who has published widely on religion, fantasy, and science fiction. His first scholarly monograph, The Wizard of Mecosta: Russell Kirk, Gothic Fiction, and the Moral Imagination, is available now from Vernon Press: