Thursday, March 19, 2020

Call for Book Proposals: Series in Literary Studies (4/2/2020; Vernon Press)

Of potential interest:

Call for Proposals: Literary Studies

deadline for submissions:
April 2, 2020

full name / name of organization:
James McGovern / Oxford University

contact email:

We invite proposals for monographs or edited volumes for our Series in Literary Studies.

Literary studies is one of the richest and most interdisciplinary fields of study, encompassing a wide array of valid approaches, from the historical, to the theoretical, to the experimental. Broadly speaking, works of literary scholarship aim to change or enhance the way we read texts by investigating their complexity.

We are particularly interested in books on English Literature, although we are open to proposals which examine any type of world literature.

The scope of the present call is broad. Possible topics include (non-comprehensive list):

  • Female writers in English Literature
  • Origins of the English Language
  • Medieval literature
  • Literary objects/Material culture
  • Ecopoetics
  • Mass media and pop culture
  • Reading scripture
  • Early modern theatre; Shakespeare
  • Post-colonial literature
  • Writing lives
  • History of rhetoric
  • Modernism/post-modernism
  • Literary journalism
  • Jewish literature
  • War poetry
  • New Historicist approaches
  • Literary theory
  • Close/distant reading techniques; practical criticism

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page monograph proposals to, including a summary, a short biographical note and (if applicable) a list of similar titles. Proposals that treat other topics of relevance to the series in Literary Studies are also welcome. More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website. James McGovern is Commissioning Editor at Vernon Press with a background in English Literature and Creative Writing.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors, and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles. Recent and forthcoming titles in this series include The Picturesque, The Sublime, The Beautiful: Visual Artistry in the Works of Charlotte Smith (1749-1806) and The Poetics of Fragmentation in Contemporary British and American Fiction.

Last updated October 8, 2019

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Kalamazoo 2020 Cancelled

I am sad to report that this year's International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Full details at

The Medieval Institute is seeking donations to offset the cost of this decision. The link is available on the same page.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

CFP MAPACA Sponsored Sessions - Getting Medieval on Popular Culture (6/15/20; 11/5-7/20)

Getting Medieval on Popular Culture at MAPACA 2020
Submissions by 15 June 2020

The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks submissions for the following sponsored roundtable and papers sessions to be included in the Medieval & Renaissance Area for the 2020 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association to be held at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, Princeton, New Jersey, from 5-7 November 2020. 

The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture is a community of scholars and enthusiasts organized to promote and foster research and discussion of representations of the medieval in post-medieval popular culture and mass media. We share the Medieval & Renaissance Area’s commitment to expanding the corpus of Medievalism Studies and welcome research on neglected genres and media of modern culture. 

Making Medievalisms Matter (A Roundtable)

The goal of this session is on the professionalism of Medievalism Studies. We seek to highlight successful strategies for integrating popular representations of the medieval into our academic lives. Participants would share their experiences in researching, teaching, and (hopefully) publishing. 

Medieval Monsters Now (Papers Session)

Following two past sessions on monsters and medievalism, the goal of this session is to explore further examples of how medieval monsters continue to have an impact on the modern world. We are especially interested in recent examples, but discussions of depictions from any post-medieval era are welcome.

Nordic Medievalisms: Vikings and Their World in Popular Culture (Papers Session)

The Vikings remain enormously popular in modern culture and continue to elicit much discussion and debate. We seek to continue that dialogue at MAPACA with fresh insights into their depictions in popular culture.

Please send inquiries and paper proposals (paper title, 300-word abstract, A/V requests and a brief academic biography) to the organizers at  Submissions are requested by 15 June 2020. 

All presenters must be members of Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association or join for the conference. Further details on MAPACA can be accessed at

The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture maintains a variety of blogs and discussion lists. Details on these activities can be found at our blog, Making Medievalisms Matter, accessible at

The full Medieval & Renaissance Area call can be found at