Lesbian Crime Fiction issue, CLUES: A Journal of Detection
Call for Papers Date:
Guest editor: Jacky Collins, Northumbria Univ, UK
This issue of CLUES will focus on the lesbian as detective/detective as lesbian and the developments this diverse and stimulating subgenre has undergone in the last thirty years.
Phyllis M. Betz (2006) has commented, “Often the best place to find the lesbian represented in books is within genre fiction--especially the detective story.” From Barbara Wilson to Katherine V. Forrest and Mary Wings to Claire McNab, the works of lesbian crime fiction writers have proved to be one of the most enduring manifestations of contemporary lesbian cultural expression. Do the trends in the subgenre adhere to those reflected in crime fiction in general? In what ways has the lesbian detective or investigator evolved? Why has this literary expression continued, whilst others have ostensibly been abandoned by lesbian authors and readers? Does this subgenre exist exclusively on the Anglo literary market or is it possible to point to other lesbian crime fictions around the world?
Submissions addressing any aspect of lesbian crime fiction are welcome, but the guest editor would be particularly interested in manuscripts that examine lesbian crime fiction from cultures outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
SUBMISSION DETAILS. Submissions should include a 50-word abstract and be between 15 and 20 double-spaced, typed pages (approximately 3,300 to 6,000 words) in Microsoft Word with minimal formatting. Manuscripts should follow the _MLA Style Manual_ by Joseph Gibaldi (2nd ed., 1998), including parenthetical citations in text and an alphabetized list of Works Cited. Please confirm that manuscripts have been submitted solely to CLUES.
Submit online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/heldref/clues
Published quarterly, the peer-reviewed _CLUES: A Journal of Detection_ features scholarly articles on all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and film.
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