Publication: C21 Literature

C21 Literature journal logo.pngFollowing the David Mitchell Conference held at the University of St Andrews on Saturday 3rd June 2017, we’re delighted to announce a David Mitchell special issue of C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, due out in 2018. The call for papers is now closed – thanks to all who submitted! The below call for papers has been left for reference (printable version here).

Call for Papers: David Mitchell Special Edition of C21 Literature
Submission deadline: Friday 1st September 2017

Contemporary British writer David Mitchell is the author of seven novels, two libretti and over twenty short stories. Since the publication of his first novel, Ghostwritten, in 1999, his work has attracted substantial academic and popular acclaim, with two novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and his writing is now taught, researched and studied in universities across the globe. David Mitchell has created a fictional universe that spans literary realism, historical fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, twitter fiction, opera (Wake and Sunken Garden) and film (Cloud Atlas and The Voorman Problem) – and has featured in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Following on from the sold-out David Mitchell Conference 2017 held at the University of St Andrews on 3rd June, this call for papers welcomes submissions for a special edition of the journal C21 Literature: Journal of 21st century Writings on the author’s works. This call for papers covers any area related to David Mitchell’s writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to, any aspect of David Mitchell’s works and:

– Postmodernism and the contemporary
– Globalisation, capitalism, world-mapping
– Time, history, the Anthropocene
– Experimental poetics, narratology
– Biopolitics, ecocriticism, posthumanism
– Dystopia and utopia
– Postcolonialism and world history
– Religion and mythology
– Gender, ethnicity, sexuality, transgender and queer readings
– Science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative fiction, autobiography
– Digital humanities, social media storytelling
– Musicality, film, multimedia performance
– Terrorism, politics and international security
– Aging and mortality
– Literature and science
– Popular culture, high and low genres
– Influences and contemporaries
– Translation, non-fiction, intertextuality
– Panopticism and surveillance
– Dis/ability studies
– Teaching Mitchell in universities and beyond
– Fan communities and fictions

Papers should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words, including references and citations, and formatted using the author/date Chicago style referencing system. Published papers are double-blind peer-reviewed, and the volume will be guest edited by Dr Rose Harris-Birtill. Please send enquiries to Dr Rose Harris-Birtill on or C21 Literature editor-in-chief Dr Katy Shaw on

Please submit your paper through the C21 Literature online submission system no later than Friday 1st September 2017.

About C21 Literature

C21 Literature is published by the Open Library of Humanities, and aims to create a critical, discursive space for the promotion and exploration of twenty-first century writings in English. The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available. Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page. See the C21 Literature website for more information.