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CFP: a collection on H. Rider Haggard (10/31/2011)

Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a novelist, country gentleman, social commentator, onetime colonial administrator and failed ostrich farmer whose prodigious output comprises a significant but under-examined contribution to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature. While his two most famous works, King Solomon’s Mines (1886) and She (1887) have attracted a steady stream of articles in recent years, most notably from the fields of postcolonial and gender studies, a significant proportion of his oeuvre remains almost entirely unstudied, despite their considerable popular success in his lifetime. Following an initial call for papers we have assembled a strong line-up of essays including contributions on Haggard and science; historical romance; carnivorousness; Haggard’s Aztec writing; Haggard’s gorilla novels; authorship and textuality; Haggard and Modernism and a study of a  previously unpublished Haggard short story. 

We are now seeking to extend and enhance the collection with a small number of additional essays. Radical reappraisals of Haggard’s most noted texts are welcome, but we are particularly interested in articles that investigate less well-known works or that intend to explore Haggard’s diverse range of interests and under-estimated influence on and engagement with other, more celebrated authors. We aim for publication in late 2012.
Topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to:
  • Spiritualism and the occult
  • Egyptology
  • Ecocritical readings
  • Romance
  • Cultural cross dressing
  • Haggard, Freud and psychoanalysis
  • Botany/ horticulture
  • Haggard and his contemporaries
  • Animal Studies
  • Queer readings
  • Literary topographies
  • Fantasy
  • Gender, space and the body
  • Degeneration and urbanisation
  • The fin-de-siècle
  • Zionism/ anti-Semitism
  • Anthropology/ ethnography
  • The Best-seller
  • The Nordic
  • South African experiences
  • Children’s Literature

Please send abstracts not exceeding 500 words along with a brief biographical profile to John Miller at jmiller1@unbc.ca by 31st October.  Chapters will be 6,000 words in length and will be commissioned by 15th November for delivery by 1st March. Any queries are welcome. 

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