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CFP: special number of the Journal of Stevenson Studies: Stevenson, Essayist (2/10/2011)

Stevenson, Essayist: call for papers for a special number of the Journal of Stevenson Studies

Richard Dury (dury@unibg.it) and R-L Abrahamson (rabraham@faculty.ed.umuc.edu) will be guest-editing a special number of the Journal of Stevenson Studies dedicated to "Robert Louis Stevenson, Essayist".

Stevenson's essays are highly regarded and often quoted in discussions of his fiction but little discussed in themselves. We invite brief proposals (with summary CVs of relevant background studies) in any relevant area by 10th February 2011. Selection will be made by the end of February. Manuscripts are to be delivered in September 2011 for publication in mid-2012. Proposals could include the following:

  • RLS and the essay tradition up to 1870
  • The popular essay in the 1870s and 80s
  • 1870s-80s magazines (London, New York) and the market for essays
  • The Cornhill essays
  • The Scribner’s essays
  • RLS’s methods of composition
  • RLS’s essay personas
  • The reputation of RLS’s essays (early years, fame, hagiography, rejection, current views)
  • RLS’s essay style
  • RLS’s essays and Scotland
  • RLS’s essays on America and American topics
  • RLS’s essays on France and French topics
  • RLS’s historical essays
  • RLS’s essays and science
  • RLS’s essays on literature
  • RLS’s essays and the visual arts
  • RLS’s essays and travel
  • RLS’s essays and ethics
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