"Medievalists Read the Antiquary: Essays on the Ghost Stories of M. R. James"
We are currently soliciting essay proposals for an edited collection
on the fiction of M. R. James. In particular, we are interested in
proposals which engage the influence of James's academic medieval
studies on his ghost stories, and therefore especially invite
proposals by academic specialists in medieval literary or textual
We would be pleased to see this collection become comparable in
breadth and quality to the "Legacy of M. R. James" volume edited by
Lynda Dennison (Shaun Tyas Press, 2001). That volume, which gathers
responses and continuations of James's lifetime of work on
manuscripts and early printed books by insightful medieval
specialists, is a model for the collection we envision.
The project will be co-edited by Patrick Murphy (Miami U) and Fred
Porcheddu (Denison U). Please send abstracts of 500 words or less
(for proposed 5,000 to 7,000-word chapters) with a brief professional
c.v., by 30 June 2008, to
have been accepted, a firm proposal will be sent to publishers for
consideration; it is hoped that an agreement will be signed and
chapters commissioned by autumn 2008, for a potential publication
date in early 2009.