This is a conference and book series I run with the publisher Gylphi. The series sponsors conferences and publishes essay collections on contemporary writers whose work is popularly and critically acclaimed, but on whom a significant body of scholarly work has yet to be written. With the Series, I’m aiming to bridge the perceived gap between academics working on contemporary literature and living authors. To that end, every author comes along to their conference and listens to the papers being delivered on their work. This makes for a fascinating and often amusing dynamic! Then the author writes a preface to their collection. The model for the series was set by my conference on David Mitchell in September 2009 and my edited collection David Mitchell: Critical Essays (2011). Since then the Series has gained momentum, with each published volume providing the foundation stone for future critical work on our most significant contemporary writers.
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