Critical Literacy Teaching Series

Call For Manuscripts

Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres

Series Editor: P. L. Thomas, EdD, Furman University

Publisher: Sense

Kincheloe (2005) offers a foundational argument about the role of critical pedagogy in our classrooms:

[P]roponents of critical pedagogy understand that every dimension of schooling and every form of educational practice are politically contested spaces. Shaped by history and challenged by a wide range of interest groups, educational practice is a fuzzy concept as it takes place in numerous settings, is shaped by a plethora of often-invisible forces, and can operate even in the name of democracy and justice to be totalitarian and oppressive. (p. 2)

This series will explore major authors and genres through a critical literacy lens that seeks to offer students opportunities as readers and writers to embrace and act upon their own empowerment. Further, the volumes in this series are guided by Freire (2005) as well:

One of the violences perpetuated by illiteracy is the suffocation of the consciousness and the expressiveness of men and women who are forbidden from reading and writing, thus limiting their capacity to write about their reading of the world so they can rethink about their original reading of it. (p. 2)

We are seeking book-length manuscript proposals for volumes in this new series. Volumes may address individual authors or genres/media/modes of literature/texts; and may be either edited or single-author volumes.

Published Volumes:

Challenging Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels (2010)


Rachel Carson: Challenging Authors (2012)


Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature: Challenging Genres (2013)

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Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Challenging Genres (2013)

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James Baldwin (SOON in-press) 

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Under ContractThe Politics of Panem: Critical Perspectives on the Hunger Games CALL

Volume proposals may include (but are not limited to) the following:


Sandra Cisneros (being drafted)

Louise Erdrich

Alice Walker

Adrienne Rich (by Karen Stein, under contract)


Children’s literature

Truth, Fiction, and Lies (by Sarah Worth, under contract)

Hunger Games trilogy (by Sean Connors, under contract)




Send proposal ideas or questions about potential volumes to the series editor, P. L. Thomas, by email


Series Editorial Board:

Karen Stein, PhD, University of Rhode Island

Shirley Steinberg, PhD, McGill University

Jeanne Gerlach, EdD, University of Texas-Arlington

Leila Christenbury, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Renita Schmidt, PhD, University of Iowa

Ken Lindblom, PhD, Stony Brook University


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