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[Commlist] Call for proposals: Bloomsbury International Library of Gender and Popular Culture

Mon Feb 04 15:04:30 GMT 2019

Gender and Popular Culture
Library editors: Claire Nally and Angela Smith

We invite proposals for monographs to be included in this library for Bloomsbury.

The library is located within the visual culture list at Bloomsbury but has a number of clear links with other series and areas of study: film, television, art, cultural studies, literature, history and politics, and thus would engage closely with other Bloomsbury titles, whilst nonetheless differentiating itself in a number of ways (many of our forthcoming monographs represent the first theoretical analysis of their subject).

Whilst gender is a heavily theorised subject, our library focuses on the work of innovative scholarly practice so that in many ways the monographs we would hope to commission are the first of their kind. We anticipate monographs which would be of relevance to a wide variety of disciplines related by the common theme of gender.

The titles in the library are the work of both established and emerging academics in a variety of disciplines who are analysing gender in relatively unexplored areas.  These innovative and avant-garde titles would enhance the existing catalogue of Bloomsbury. Each monograph would be 70,000 words in length, and include a general introduction by the series editors to ensure that the links between the titles remain explicit.

Whilst being emphatically interdisciplinary, the 'visual culture' list allows for critical texts focusing on gender that would prove interesting to a wider range of readers in academia and beyond, and catering to an international audience.

Recently accepted titles include studies of gender in TV news technology; masculinity and postfeminism; steampunk and gender; and representations of the homosexuality in early cinema. We are particularly interested in proposals that go beyond the realms of popular cinema.

In the first instance, we invite 500-word proposals to comply with the questions below and an academic cv to be sent to both co-editors ((claire.nally /at/ and (angela.smith /at/ by 1st May 2019.

Submission of Proposal Guidelines

1. A statement indicating the book's subject, length and potential market, that addresses the following points: • Why does a book need to be published on your proposed topic? (This is your opportunity to write a short paragraph 'selling' your book to the publisher’s editorial board. Most of the editors will be experts in other academic disciplines - History, IR, Middles East etc. - so it's worth bearing in that you're describing the book to a non-specialist audience)

• How will it differ from others in the area? (even if there isn't any direct competition, it's worth noting books which explore similar territories if only to reinforce the originality of your proposal)

•	How will it fit in with other Bloomsbury publishing?

• What is the market for this book? There is a specific question on student courses below so focus on any extra markets that could be hit alongside academe.
 • If you view this book as a student text, for what courses (and at what level) would it be appropriate? (the publisher’s sales and marketing director likes potential authors to mention specific courses and universities i.e. Cultural Studies at Manchester)

•	What is the intended date of completion?

• What is the estimated length of the work (including notes, bibliography and appendices)?

2. Synopsis of the book

3.  Table of Contents

4. Two sample chapters (if available)
5.  Your CV.

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