Call For Papers

Special Issue of William James Studies:
“New Directions in William James and Literary Studies”

The William James Society and its peer-reviewed journal William James Studies invite abstract submissions from literary scholars with diverse interests and approaches to the life and work of William James for a special issue of the journal, “New Directions in William James and Literary Studies.”

Abstract paper proposals up to 300 words are due by August 15th.  All submissions will conform to a strict timetable for publication for the May 2017 issue of William James Studies (for more see details below).  Please submit abstracts or direct queries to both Dr. Todd Barosky ( and Dr. Justin Rogers-Cooper ( by August 15, 2016.

We welcome submissions that examine James and his relationship to literature, broadly conceived, including those with interdisciplinary perspectives with possible orientations toward history and/or American studies. Papers might examine any number of the following:

  • James and the theory and practice of literary interpretation, both in his own time and in ours;
  • James and his relationship to modernism, realism, and other literary genres;
  • James and nineteenth and/or early-twentieth century aesthetic movements;
  • James’ philosophies of psychology, pragmatism, religion and literary authors/texts;
  • James and contemporary interpretive contexts, including critical race and ethnic studies, queer theories, new materialisms, and periodical/archival studies;

Authors should submit 300-word abstracts that outline a clear argument, identify relevant texts by James and others, and place their paper within a contemporary scholarly framework or conversation.  Please note the following time-table for publication:

  • September 30: All authors notified of acceptance or rejection. Accepted authors affirm the publication time-table.
  • December 15: Authors submit roughly 3,000-5,000 word article in Chicago Style (16th edition).
  • January 15: All editorial feedback and suggestions for revision go back to authors.
  • Feb 15: Revised papers submitted for copy-editing.
  • March 1: Copy-editing and final revisions for publication.
  • May 15: Special Issue of William James Studies available for public.


William James Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality, scholarly articles related to the life, work and influence of William James.