CFP: Reproductive Justice and Literature Handbook (EXTENDED Deadline: 5.15.2020)

CFP for Reproductive Justice and Literature Handbook

*Given the ongoing disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are extending the deadline to MAY 15, 2020.

We seek contributing authors for a handbook on Reproductive Justice and Literature to be edited by Laura Lazzari and Beth Widmaier Capo and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

This handbook will include essays of 8,000-10,000 words each that analyze reproductive justice issues as they play out across and through literature and film. Essays may consider any period, genre, or cultural context in literature, but must situate the works in the specific reproductive justice framework delineated by Ross and Solinger in Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017): an intersectional analysis of the right to have a child, not have a child, and parent in a safe/healthy environment (i.e. if discussing surrogacy within contemporary American novels, the relevant legal and social framework should be clearly explained).

This text is meant to be a resource to scholars, teachers, and students in a wide range of fields, including literature and social justice, literature and reproduction, cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, literature and law, reproductive rights and gender justice, literature and gender, literature and human rights, and motherhood studies.

We invite abstracts for proposed chapters on literature and topics related to the right to have a child, not have a child, and parent a child in a safe and healthy environment. This includes topics of reproductive control and fertility, prenatal and maternal healthcare, sterilization and reproductive technologies, childbirth and maternal mortality, motherhood and parenting, adoption, surrogacy, and childcare.

Submissions on 18-19th century, theatre, Young Adult literature, graphic novels, and countries outside the U.S. are especially welcome.

Please send a 500 word abstract, 3-5 keywords, and a short biography by May 15, 2020 to and