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Call for Contributors: Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Literature

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Editor’s Note: Points is pleased to highlight for our readers this call for contributors for the proposed Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Literature. Thanks to the Editors Kate Gaudet and Jay Williams for passing the information along!

We are seeking scholars of literature and drugs to contribute to the proposed Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Literature. The book will provide “a comprehensive, must-have survey of a core sub-discipline” and will be a resource for students and scholars who are seeking to work in this field. According to the proposed publisher, “The main goal of each handbook is to survey a topic or area of the field, explaining why the issue or area is important, and critically discussing the leading views in the area.”

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As editors, we aim to reflect the breadth of literature’s engagement with drugs, including (but not limited to) perspectives on addiction and recovery. We are especially interested in expanding beyond the common focus on mid-twentieth century Anglophone writers to explore literature about drugs (including alcohol) in different times and contexts. Chapter length is to be determined but is likely to be in the range of 8,000–10,000 words. Deadlines will likely be in spring or summer of 2023.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter, please email the editors a short description of what you would like to write, as well as any pertinent information about your background and previous work. We welcome emerging as well as established scholars to propose chapters. We also welcome suggestions of other scholars and/or content areas that should be represented in the book.

For more information or to submit a proposal for the proposed Routledge Handbook of Drugs and Literature, please contact the editors Kate Gaudet ( or Jay Williams (



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