Friends of the Dickens Forum,
David Paroissien, esteemed editor of the *Dickens Quarterly,* in
keeping with the lively and pertinent
subject matter of his publication, issues the following call for
The editors of 'Dickens Quarterly', in consultation with members of the
Editorial Board, are pleased to issue a call for contributions to a
series of special issues of the journal. Three topics have been
designated, each with a particular focus broad enough to offer
opportunities for engagement from a variety of literary and non-literary
Dickens and Wills
Wills in the novels, literally and metaphorically: their role as a
narrative device, their importance and symbolic function; Dickens’s
personal and professional exposure to and knowledge of wills as a formal
declaration of an intention to dispose of property; his arrangements for
the distribution of his estate; the sociological and cultural
implications of will-making during the nineteenth century and the
treatment of the subject in his journalism.
New ways to engage Dickens by making use of technological innovation:
the digitalization of texts, digital humanities and Dickens; reviews of
the best online websites; new opportunities presented by Dickens
Journals Online and the consequences of this valuable facility; engaging
with Dickens in different pedagogical contexts – in the classroom, in
public spaces such as exhibitions, museums and festivals.
Obscure or Under-read Dickens
Neglected novels and other works, including Dickens’s short fiction and
miscellaneous pieces, under-scrutinized areas of his journalism, his
non-fictional historical, theatrical and poetical writing.
Instructions for Authors
Copy should be submitted in two forms: an electronic version to
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100 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 7NE England. Essays should range between
6,000 and 8,000 words, although shorter submissions will be considered.
1 September 2018. For further instructions, see ‘Dickens Quarterly: A
Guide for Contributors’, available as a PDF file from the website of the
Dickens Society <dickenssociety.org>.
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