CFP: Edited collection Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers (Deadline 3.15.2018)

CFP: Edited collection Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers

Proposed submissions are requested for an edited collection of essays tentatively titled Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers. This collection will contribute to current scholarship by 1. Analyzing lesser-known short texts by McCullers, and 2. Examining (or reexamining) McCullers’ short texts using current contemporary perspectives. Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Comparative readings of the short work of Carson McCullers (short fiction compared with other short fiction, or short fiction compared with longer texts);
  • The reception and evolution of McCullers’ shorter works across national boundaries;
  • Representations of disability and illness within the stories of McCullers, or reading her short work though the theoretical lens of disability and illness;
  • Explorations of justice, war, violence, the greater good, and morality within her work;
  • The intersections of race and gender in McCullers, including how her stories might figure within postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and other analyses of racial and national formation;
  • McCullers’ narrative techniques;
  • Ongoing critical reception to McCullers, both her life and work; for example, what newly available archival material adds to the conversation surrounding McCullers’ short fiction
  • Gender identity studies, sexuality studies, LGBT studies, queer theory;
  • Critical animal theory;
  • Trauma in the work of McCullers;
  • McCullers’ work in connection with new approaches in southern studies;
  • Reading her short fiction in light of other social, cultural, political, philosophical, and religious movements of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Article abstracts (approximately 500 words) and a brief CV should be submitted by March 15, 2018 to Dr. Alison Bertolini ( and Dr. Casey Kayser ( Longer outlines or drafts are also welcome at this time. 

Selected authors will be notified by April 15, 2018. For those invited to contribute to the collection, chapters should be 5,000-7,000 words (MLA format, minimal footnotes or endnotes please), and completed essays should be submitted by August 1, 2018. Queries are welcome concerning submission topics.  A contract for this book through a peer-reviewed academic press is pending, following a review of proposed chapters.