Essays needed for a new collection of essays on dystopian fiction for the Critical Insights series from Salem Press. Proposals needed by Feb. 22, 2011. The essays in the collection are to be fairly brief (~5,000 words each) and should be accessible to undergraduate students. Most of them will involve discussions of specific dystopian texts likely to be included in an undergraduate syllabus on dystopian fiction, though they can also be on groups of texts or themes. Contributors will receive an honorarium of $250 and access to the electronic version of the volume.
If you are unfamiliar with the Critical Insights Series, you can see a list of titles at http://salempress.com/Store/ProdGroup/?ProductGroup.Id=70. Having edited their recent volume on Things Fall Apart I can say that Salem Press (a subsidiary of EBSCO) puts together very handsome volumes and has the marketing reach to get them into university and public libraries, where they can be put to good use by students.
Essays needed include discussions of specific important dystopian texts or on crucial themes or families of texts. Also needed are general three general essays to contextualize the volume:
1. "Critical Reception": A survey of major pieces of criticism related to the theme in literature and the major concerns that critics have attended to.
2. "Critical Lens": A close reading of a specific work embodying the theme of dystopia from a particular critical standpoint.
3. "Compare/Contrast": Comparative analysis of the dystopian theme as it appears in 2-3 different literary works.
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