Call for Book Chapters: PEDAGOGY: Literature, Linguistics, & Digital Tools

We are seeking papers for a volume of essays with a focus on an international range of pedagogical interventions in the teaching of literature with a focus on language and the use of digital tools.  The study of literature has taken many turns since New Criticism of the early 20th century—Psychoanalytic, Marxist, Semiotics, Structuralism, Deconstruction, New Historicism, Post-Colonial, Feminist, Queer, and Critical Race.  All these various theories nonetheless rest on a foundation of meticulous careful reading, or playful misreading. That is to say, whatever one is looking for in literary texts, or whatever frame one is looking through, we begin with the language of those works. The digital tools that are now part of our reading armamentarium give us powerful new ways to see texts and to see into them. And that, in turn, means we have new ways to help students of literature understand and respond to texts


We welcome proposals for chapters between 5000-6000 words that explore the relationships between language, literature and digital tools in pedagogical contexts. Proposals

--may focus on any kind of literary text (e.g., poetry, drama, novels, comics)

--may have a specific linguistic orientation (e.g., functional, cognitive, sociocultural)

--may examine semantics, syntax or another level of language (or combination of them)

--may investigate a single text or a more expansive corpus

--may have a pedagogical/cognitive frame (e.g., drawing on the work of Jerome Bruner, Paolo Freire,  B.S. Bloom, Louise Rosenblatt, Alfred North Whitehead)

--may utilize any number of technological tools that help students see into the language of the literature


To submit: please email the editors an abstract of 250 words, a brief bibliography of 5-10 key sources, and a brief biography of 100 words

Martin Gliserman

Marcello Giovanelli

Carly Overfelt


Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2021

Acceptance of abstracts: August 30, 2021

Manuscript Submission: January 15, 2022

Drafts returned with feedback: March 30, 2022

Final manuscript submission: July 15, 2022

This proposal is due on July 15th 2021.

Page last updated on March 17th 2021. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.