Critical Insights In Cold Blood

Nicolas Samuel Tredell's picture
Call for Papers
March 31, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Humanities, American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Law and Legal History




I am currently editing a volume on Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood for the Salem Press Critical Insights series, published by Grey House in the USA, and I would like to invite proposals for original essays that could be included in this. These may focus on aspects of In Cold Blood itself in terms of theme, form and style; on its identity as a “non-fiction novel”; on its responsibility to actual events and real people, living and dead; on its relationship to Capote’s whole oeuvre; on its similarities to and differences from past and present fictional texts by other authors; on its implications in light of literary theory; on its adaptations in such media as cinema, TV and graphic (non-)fiction; on its critical reception at the time of its publication and since; on its implications in terms of literary theory; on the controversies it has generated; on its political, social and cultural contexts; on its significance for criminological, judicial, penal and related discourses; and on any further relevant perspectives.


Critical Insights is a firmly established, highly esteemed, and constantly expanding series, published in both print and digital format, which provides collections of scholarly and accessible original essays that are invaluable to undergraduates and high school students (its primary target audiences) but also to postgraduates, teachers and lecturers. The series includes a range of on modern and contemporary literature (please see:


Essays should be about 5000 words long and Grey House currently pays a fee of $250 per essay. Potential contributors would need to supply provisional essay topics as soon as possible and submit a completed essay draft by the end of March 2020, but Grey House does then usually publish and pay quite quickly – the volume should be out later this year.


If it were not feasible to produce an essay from scratch within this time frame, it may be that you have an as yet unpublished and uncommitted one in progress or already completed that could, with appropriate adjustments, fit the bill.


I would be most grateful if you could share this invitation as widely as possible with any other scholars and critics working in similar fields to your own who might come to mind as possible contributors – or, alternatively, let me know their names so I can contact them directly. Critical Insights: In Cold Blood volume aims to offer a rich combination of both established and emergent critics and scholars.


If you would like to contribute or to discuss the matter further, please get in touch.


Many thanks and best wishes


Nicolas Tredell