The Routledge Companion to Sylvia Plath

Due Date: 05-01-2024

Submissions are invited for The Routledge Companion to Sylvia Plath, edited by Janet Badia, Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, and Emily Van Duyne. The collection, now under contract, will be a new addition to the Routledge Literature Companions series.

Proposals on any aspect of Plath studies will be considered, but the editors especially welcome chapters that investigate the following topics:

  • Plath in cross-cultural contexts or through the lens of globalization, including her cross-cultural influence and appeal
  • Plath and trauma studies, including domestic and sexual violence, suicide, racism and sexism, etc.
  • Intersectional approaches to Plath’s writing, including new perspectives and orientations to her life and work that value anti-racism and social justice
  • Plath’s engagement with constructions of manhood, masculinities, and queer sexualities
  • Plath in creative contexts, including how she has served as inspiration for new literature and the ways her work is taught in creative writing classrooms
  • Plath and social media or in the context of mass media consumption
  • Plath in the classroom, including approaches to teaching her work in a variety of educational contexts and through different disciplinary lenses.

The editors welcome work by established, emerging, and new scholars. Work by scholars outside the United States and the United Kingdom, women, minorities, and underrepresented voices is especially encouraged.

To be considered, please submit an abstract of 300–500 words describing your topic or approach to Plath, as well as a short author biography of no more than 250 words that includes your current professional affiliation, publication record, or relevant qualifications given the goals of the collection suggested above.

The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2024. If accepted, chapters of 3,000–6,000 words would be due by 1 December 2024.

Please send your queries or proposals to