CFP: Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope: Postcritique and Joseph Conrad

We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focusing on Conrad’s politics in relation to ideas of fear and/or hope. The postcritical turn encourages us to consider what literature does in the world—the social, emotional, and political effects of reading. The last two MLA panels organized by the Joseph Conrad Society of America reflect this approach: Conrad’s Politics of Fear in 2018 and Conrad’s Politics of Hope in 2019. Both panels examined Conrad’s texts in relation to recent events, offering new perspectives on literature’s contribution to political understanding.

For this volume we are particularly interested in essays that use Conrad’s writing to engage with postcritique, either constructively or critically, or that in other ways reflect Conrad’s continuing relevance today.

Essay proposals should be 250–300 words, accompanied by a brief CV. Essays will be 5000–7000 words, including notes and citations. Please email proposals and CVs to both jayparker@hsu.edu.hk and Jwexler@luc.edu by 30 March. Accepted authors will be notified by 30 May and invited to submit completed essays by 1 January 2020. Please note that final acceptance will be confirmed upon receipt of the finished version of the essay.