Call for Chapters for an Edited Book with ISBN

Wuthering Heights Academic Library and Digital Research Centre
Call for Chapters for an Edited Book with ISBN

Concept Note
Wuthering Heights, a novel that has portrayed tempestuous passion and intense inner strife has drawn the attention of a wide variety of readers. Because of its strange, “elemental fierceness and barbarity,” its stormy setting, divorced from the world as we know it, its seemingly crude, inartistic structure, and its superhuman emotions, Wuthering Heights is not an easy book to discuss. Emily Brontë created a complex world of emotions that was based on the feudal structure of the times. As Raymond Williams remarked “structure of feeling” refers to the different ways of thinking that can emerge at any point in time, the popular response to the discourse created by the power structure and its appropriation in cultural texts.

This “rude and strange production” actually dismantled most of the features of the genre challenging status quo in more ways than one. Even after a century and a half this text is still being interpreted in myriad ways. Virginia Woolf considers Wuthering Heights in conjunction with Jane Eyre, both of which she finds to be prose-poems. In Dorothy Van Ghent’s visionary interpretation, Heathcliff is more daemonic than human, while Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar read the novel as Emily Bronte’s proto-feminist critique of Paradise Lost. For Nancy Armstrong, Wuthering Heights deliberately evades all literary genres, after which Stevie Davies gives us an account of the novel as a singular myth of rebirth, in which every new life entails the sacrifice of a previous one. Joseph Allen Boone sees the book as a profound critique of societal-approved sexual unions, while Regina Barreca emphasizes the feminist dominance of the relations between sex and death in Emily Bronte.

We know that texts based on the socio-cultural atmosphere of a particular period of time throw new light on old texts and encourage us to read between the lines. As the library Wuthering Heights is in the throes of being born, let us come up with well-researched, scholarly articles on the novel Wuthering Heights. We welcome chapters that are innovative and will help to bring about a paradigm shift in our understanding of this Victorian novel- Gothic in structure and complex in its content. Wuthering Heights; a novel written by a woman who had to keep her gender identity a secret, a novel that shows the complexities of liberalism, a novel that delights in juxtaposing innumerable contradictions, a novel that treads the slippery boundary between reality and magic surely calls for attention, a novel which attempts a psychological study of an elemental man whose soul is torn between love and hate.

Submission Guidelines
Interested contributors of the book chapter may send an abstract of not more than 500 words, with keywords along with a brief bio-note to the editors at by 19 June, 2022. On accepting your abstract, you may send in original, unpublished essays of around 6000 words in MS Word format (notes and references included). There is NO publication fee.

Important Dates
29 July, 2022: Abstract Submission Deadline
01 August, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
19 September, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
29 September, 2022: Review Results Returned
19 October 2022: Final Chapter Submission
19 December, 2022: Book Publication

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