Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2017
Full name / name of organization: Transatlantic Franzen; Special Issue of ‘Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations’
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Special Issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations

Transatlantic Franzen

The journal Symbiosis ( invites articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words for a special issue on Transatlantic Jonathan Franzen, to appear in October 2018. While the following list is not prescriptive, articles may, for example, offer comparative analyses of Franzen’s representations of US and European culture; look at Franzen’s incorporation of or allusion to British or other European authors; assess the critical reception of Franzen’s work in Europe (perhaps, comparing this to US responses); or consider whether British or other European authors have published material that engages with or responds to Franzen’s fiction. More ‘general’ comparative pieces, reading Franzen alongside or against contemporary British / European fiction are also welcome. While we welcome essays that discuss European literature not written in English, contributors should provide translations of any passages that they cite. Regardless of the focus, articles should generally seek to articulate the ramifications of transatlanticism for future studies of Franzen’s fiction.

Submissions (abstracts in the first instance) should be double spaced throughout and prepared (initially) to any recognised humanities style sheet.

Complete papers to be received by December 1st 2017.

In the first instance, please address abstracts, queries or expressions of interest to the editors of this special issue:

Dr. Sophie Vlacos, University of Glasgow (

Dr. Chris Gair, University of Glasgow (