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Genre Fiction Sightlines

General Editor: Professor John Lennard

The series focuses on genre fiction since 1970, and particularly Crime, of all varieties, SF including 'speculative' and 'fantasy' as well as 'science fiction', and children's literature for all age-groups.

Like Insights, Sightlines are pedagogically pitched for students in their last years of school and first years of college, and similarly low-priced. The series premise is that there is much recent genre fiction of high quality, intelligence, and interest to which no attention has been paid. Sightlines will make available, for contemporary authors, guides that make the serious reading and teaching of their books far more readily possible and enticing. An associated series of Genre Fiction Monographs is also available for independent studies in the area.


All Sightlines titles will provide, in 20-30,000 words:

introductory Notes
factual and other Annotations as necessary
a short critical Essay, and
an annotated Bibliography of printed, AV, and on-line resources.

The Notes and Annotations will plainly present the data, allusions, and other significations that make a good genre novel such an absorbing and provoking read. Like a Rough Guide to a new or familiar city, they will inform, confirm, surprise, and reorient their users, doing for them exploratory leg-, paper-, and Web-work. They may fairly have an authorial point-of-view, but their primary aim is conveniently to inform readers' understandings rather than purposefully to direct their interpretations. In the Essay, opinion and argument have freer rein but must still serve a general readership.

If you are interested in writing for this series please contact Professor John Lennard

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