CFP – Special Issue of The Lion and The Unicorn: Tove Jansson: A Centennial Celebration

Call for Submissions
Tove Jansson: A Centennial Celebration
Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn

This special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn invites submissions on the various aspects of the works by the Finno-Swedish author Tove Jansson (pronounced TOO-vee YAA-nsson; 1914-2001). Among other topics, essays could focus on:

  • Tove Jansson as a crosswriter: works for children and work for adults
  • Tove Jansson as a multimedial author: word and image in her novels, picturebooks and comics; her illustrations to other children’s books
  • Tove Jansson and the concept of canonicity
  • Place and space in Tove Jansson’s works
  • Echoes of war and trauma
  • Queer palimpsests
  • Intertextuality and metafiction
  • Ecocritical and posthumanist approaches
  • Transcultural reception
  • Moomin characters as cultural icons
  • Epitexts, including transmediations, web sites, social media, games, merchandise, and theme parks

Essays should be 15–20 pages (4,500–6,000 words). Please email your essay as a Word attachment to Professor Maria Nikolajeva at by July 1, 2013. Accepted essays will appear in the April 2014 issue, to mark Tove Jansson’s centenary on August 9. Or, if you prefer, you can mail a hard copy to Maria Nikolajeva, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ, UK.