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CFP: Special Issue of Victorian Poetry: ‘New Work on Edward Lear’ (9/16/2018)

Special issue of Victorian Poetry: ‘New Work on Edward Lear’

The guest editors, Jasmine Jagger and Benjamin Westwood, are seeking submissions for a special issue of Victorian Poetry devoted to new work on Edward Lear, which will appear in summer 2020.

Lear studies is in the middle of a lively and substantive revival, following a steady sequence of publications on diverse aspects of his work – even in the last two years. The first collection of essays dedicated to Lear’s poetry (Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry, co-edited by James Williams and Matthew Bevis) appeared with OUP in 2016. A major study of his natural history (Robert McCracken Peck, The Natural History of Edward Lear) was published in the same year. And, in 2017, Jenny Uglow’s major new biography appeared with Faber (Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense). There is, at the moment, considerable and renewed critical interest in Lear as a poet and artist in his own right. This is also evident in a number of recent articles and doctoral theses, as well as forthcoming monographs and essay collections.

The editors are particularly keen to solicit submissions regarding:

  • Lear and affect
  • Lear’s poetics
  • Lear’s visual art
  • Lear’s travel writing
  • Lear and other writers

Essays should be 5,000 words in length, and should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. Please send abstracts only of around 250 words by 16 September 2018. The final deadline for essays will be September 2019. Please send all submissions and enquiries to benjamin.westwood@ell.ox.ac.uk and jasmine.jagger@ell.ox.ac.uk.

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