CFP: Dune for the 21st Century – Essays on Frank Herbert’s Dune Saga

We are soliciting chapter proposals for an edited volume of scholarship about Frank Herbert’s Dune saga.  Despite being one of the most well-known and best-selling science fiction novels, there has been surprisingly little scholarship about Dune given its importance to the genre. This collection seeks to awaken interest in academic approaches to the novel. We are looking for works that will enhance our understanding of the original novel, as well as its sequels. We especially welcome proposals from outside the traditional literary disciplines or that utilize innovative research methods. Submissions may be critical, but should be constructively so given that readers will most likely also be fans.

To be considered, submit the following by March 31, 2019:
250-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter;
Contact information – name, email address, and any institutional affiliation;
Resume/CV for each author/co-author (in any format);
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Please note: all submissions must represent previously unpublished work and must not be under simultaneous consideration elsewhere.

Selected authors will be notified by April 30, 2019, and will be invited to contribute a first draft of a full-length chapter by September 1, 2019 and a final draft by November 1, 2019. Essays should be between 3,500-5,000 words and conform to MLA style. All chapters will be peer-reviewed by the collection editors and at least one other external reviewer before completion. A book proposal, including accepted abstracts, will be submitted to a publisher once authors have been selected.

Call for papers

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Posted: October 12, 2018