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CFP Special of Philip Roth Studies: Roth"s Redemptive Aesthetics

Call for Papers:

Special Issue of Philip Roth Studies 

“Roth’s Redemptive Aesthetics”


Philip Roth Studies is now accepting submissions for a special Spring 2025 issue on the topic of “Roth’s Redemptive Aesthetics.”  Approaches to this subject might include but are not limited to the nature of redemption – its possibilities, its limitations, its origins—as represented in any of Roth’s works of fiction; Roth’s managing of literary legacy; the use of alternative histories (personal or social/political) in the interest of redemption; art, literature, music as a vehicle for redemption in Roth’s fiction; the redemptive possibilities of Roth’s prose style. Other approaches and interpretations are welcome.  


Submissions are due October 15th, 2024. Please direct all submissions and queries to Matthew Shipe and Maggie McKinley at


Full-length articles and shorter notes are acceptable. Essays should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length, and notes should not exceed 2,500 words. A brief abstract (approximately 50 words) should accompany each submission. Manuscripts and book reviews must be prepared according to the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 8th edition (2016), and should contain endnotes rather than footnotes. All submissions must be sent via email as an attached document. Please see “Checklist for Contributors” for detailed information on the MLA and the journal’s house style.



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