The Kite Runner - Call for Essays

I am currently editing a volume on Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner 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 The Kite Runner itself in terms of theme, form and style; on its relationship to Hosseini’s ongoing fictional oeuvre; on its similarities and differences to the work of other authors past and present; on its adaptations in such media as theatre, cinema and graphic fiction; on its critical reception at the time of its first appearance and since; on its readerships; on the controversies it has generated; on its global, national and regional contexts; and on any further perspectives relevant to the novel.

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

Essays should be about 5000 words long and Grey House usually pays a fee of $250 per essay. As the publishers work on a rather tight timeline, 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.

If it were not feasible to produce an essay from scratch within this time frame, it may be that you have an as yet unpublished and uncommitted one in progress or already completed that could, with appropriate adjustments, fit the bill.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. The Kite Runner volume aims to offer a rich combination of both established and emergent critical voices.

If you feel that you would like to contribute, or wish to discuss the matter further, please email me:

Many thanks and best wishes

Nicolas Tredell



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