CFS: Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays

The call for submissions is now open for an edited collection entitled  Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays. Abstracts are required by September 30.

About the collection 

Popular novelist, female aesthete, Victorian radical and proto-Modernist, Lucas Malet was a literary tour de force in her own day, yet her work has been largely neglected by contemporary readers and critics. A daughter of Charles Kingsley, Malet was part of a creative dynasty from which she drew inspiration but against which she rebelled both in her personal life and her published work. Scholarship by Talia Schaffer and Catherine Delyfer has reopened critical enquiry into the work of this fascinating author, and we are seeking contributions in order to expand this emerging field of study.

Provisionally titled “Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays,” the collection capitalises on the developing critical interest in Malet and aims to bring together some of the best new research on her life and work.


Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Imperialism
  • Modernism
  • Catholicism
  • The Gothic and/ or supernatural
  • The New Woman
  • Gender, sexuality and eroticism
  • Aestheticism
  • Decadence and degeneration
  • The damaged or disabled body

Please send abstracts of 500 words (for chapters of 6,000-8,000 words) along with a CV to Dr. Jane Ford ( or Dr. Alexandra Gray ( by 30th September 2016.

The deadline for completed essays is 1st July 2017. Any queries are welcomed.