CFP: Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (Journal Issue)

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature
Women, Girls, and Young Adult Literature

We invite manuscripts that examine women and girls as characters, creators, and consumers of young adult novels, poems, comic books, and other written materials oriented primarily to a youth or adolescent audience. These articles should be engaged with the overlap between this topic and the traditional purview of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature: women and writing, explicating the specific links between the woman writer and her work. This collection of articles will interrogate the place of young adult literature in feminist literary history, and ideally it will address the category of young adult literature capaciously, ranging widely across chronology, geography, and genre.

Of particular interest will be essays that consider the following topics or themes:

-The expansion of genres such as detective fiction, science fiction, fantasy, gothic, and romance
-The impact of this literature on the conceptualization of youth and adulthood, including the popularity of youth-oriented materials among adult women and the growth of “new adult” fiction as an emergent marketing category
-The intersection of femaleness with race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, or religion
-Fandom, fan fiction, and media responses to both
-Depictions of non-normative, transitional, or non-binary genders and sexualities
-Treatments of romance, friendship, rivalry, sex, or homosocial networks
-Constructions of maleness and masculinity
-Female heroism, victimhood, pleasure, adventure
-Feminist optimism, dread, or cynicism as expressed in young women’s stories
-Female bodies: their celebration, invasion, objectification, control
-Censorship, controversy, condescension: policing the young and/or female reader

Initial queries and abstracts are encouraged, though final acceptance will be determined by the completed essay. Essays should be 6000-8000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography), should conform to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Please submit essays through email by October 1, 2015 to

Jennifer Airey and Laura Stevens
Associate Professors of English, The University of Tulsa
Co-Editors, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature,