The Princess Bride

Due Date: 04-01-2023

Signum University Press is pleased to announce a call for papers in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, to be released in 2024 and edited by Faith Acker and Maggie Parke. We welcome papers by experienced and renowned or young and emerging scholars, of all nationalities, genders, identities, and colors. Interested contributors may submit a 500-word abstract in English by 1 April 2023 to Full drafts of maximum 10,000 words will be due by 1 October 2023.

Although existing academic scholarship on The Princess Bride is sparse, contributions should draw on secondary criticism in relevant areas to situate their essays within existing critical conversations. The editors are happy to discuss options with prospective and accepted authors.

While we are open to all approaches to the text and film, some starting points might include

  • connections to traditions of folklore and fairy tales
  • connections to Goldman’s larger literary or cinematic canon
  • Goldman’s frame narrative
  • critical (feminist, racial, socioeconomic, etc.) readings of the text
  • language and wordplay
  • misogyny and satire or misogyny in satire
  • cinematic adaptation
  • fandom and the role of fandom
  • afterlives of The Princess Bride
  • The Princess Bride as a cultural icon

We expect completed chapters to be released in serial form beginning in 2024. When serial release has concluded, the chapters will be published in ebook, audiobook, and printed codex formats.

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