Romantic Prose Fiction

a volume in the

ICLA Comparative Literary History Series


Call for Papers


Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce that the Coordinating Committee (the governing board) of the series A Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages (CHLEL) has approved our project of a volume on Romantic Prose Fiction in the Romanticism subseries of CHLEL alongside Romantic Irony, edited by Frederick Garber (1988), Romantic Drama, edited by Gerald Gillespie (1994), Romantic Nonfictional Prose, edited by Virgil Nemoianu and Steven Sondrup, with Gerald Gillespie (2000), and Romantic Poetry, edited by Angela Esterhammer (in progress).

The deadline for contributors to submit their work for Romantic Prose Fiction will be December 2000. We expect to complete our copy-editing of the chapters by summer 2001. The entire volume draft will then be vetted by outside experts whom the Coordinating Committee appoints. After implementing improvements suggested by the outside expert readers, we anticipate consigning the volume to CHLEL's publisher, John Benjamins (Amsterdam and Philadelphia), early in 2002. Romantic Prose Fiction should appear approximately nine months later.

It is our hope you will be interested in offering a chapter suited to this transcultural and interdisciplinary collaboration. The attached "Tentative Volume Outline" is intended to elicit your suggestions; it is not meant to be prescriptive or final. Please feel free to formulate a topic not obviously included under one of our headings, or to shape a more exact response to one or more of them. Also, please do mention scholars whom you believe we ought to contact as potential contributors.

You can send your communications in care of any of the three co-editors listed below, by mail, fax, or e-mail. We request that in your reply or inquiry you furnish us with your complete academic address and other helpful contact numbers – telephone, fax, and/or e-mail. Although the language of the volume will be English, feel free to make preliminary inquiries in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

In a variety of combinations and perspectives, Romantic Prose Fiction will strive to encompass most of the literary streams of Europe and the New World expressed in European languages. First and foremost, we are seeking essays with transcultural sweep that include longer or smaller forms of encyclopedic information pertinent to the topic treated. We encourage you to propose one or more essays with generous linguistic and synchronic or diachronic range. That being said, the editors will endeavour to exercise sensitive flexibility rather than suffer the exclusion of coverage of less treated cultural areas or of interesting and relevant special topics.

Each volume of the Romanticism subseries is distinct in its subject matter. Nonetheless, you can gain a sense of our aims from perusing the above-mentioned already published and forthcoming titles (you will find tables of contents on this home-page).

We request that, as a first step, you furnish us with a brief description of a topic you would like to pursue. Once we have received a viable suggestion from you, we will furnish you with the "General Guidelines for Contributors." We urge you to ask us about any point in the "Guidelines" that does not seem clear to you. Ours is a team effort that depends on collegial cooperation. Compliance with the style requirements and rules for treatment of the scholarly apparatus will enormously aid us in avoiding delays and in keeping down publication costs.

Contributors will be asked to keep their chapters to a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages (including the requisite bibliography and non-English original citations in footnotes). However, this rule is not absolute; the editors will consider allotting more space to essays which strive for more comprehensive synthesis or fulfill the goal of being encyclopedic in treating a broad-gauged topic. We welcome your inquiries in this regard.

The volume's Introduction and Conclusion will deal with such issues as the deliberate (artificial) division of materials between Romantic Nonfictional Prose and Romantic Prose Fiction, Romantic theories of fiction and narration, the theoretical perspectives in which the tasks of writing a comparative literary history of Romanticism are situated, and the like. Romantic Prose Fiction will also refer readers to the relevant discussions of these matters in the Intoductions to other volumes in the Romanticism subseries.

Following our initial round of solicitation of chapters, we will report on the status of our work. Contributors will be kept regularly apprized at each important stage in the process.

For additional information and for further news on the progress of the project please consult our homepage.

We look forward to hearing from you. On behalf of the entire editorial group,

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Gillespie
Div. of Literatures, Cultures, Languages
Stanford University
Bldg. 260
Stanford, CA 94305-2030
Fax +1-650-725-8421
Manfred Engel
Inst. f. Neuere Deutsche & Europäische Literatur
FernUniversität Hagen
Feithstr. 188
D-58084 Hagen
Fax +49-2331-882045
Bernard Dieterle
Inst. f. Deutsche Philologie, Allgem. & Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Sekr. H 61
TU Berlin
Strasse des 17. Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin
Fax +49-30-3142 3107


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