Calls For Papers

The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars Announces


John Steinbeck as an International Writer

May 4-6, 2016

At the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, San José State University

Sponsored by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies


In their 2009 essay “Prospects for the Study of John Steinbeck,” Robert DeMott and Brian Railsback suggest that “a consideration of Steinbeck as a translational/international writer would be a significant direction for future critics to take.”   In response, the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars (formerly the John Steinbeck Society of America) invites contributions from a wide variety of theoretical applications on topics such as Steinbeck’s connections to world literature and world thought—for example, Classical Greek and Roman, Eastern, and twentieth-century Russian. How has Steinbeck adapted not only themes, but also aesthetic choices and narrative strategies? Other topics are welcome as well: deep ecology, power and subjugation, the concept of democracy and America, ethics and philosophy, gender studies.  Those wishing to present proposals for presentation can submit them online from August 2015 to March 2016 at Presenters will be asked to sign a release form so that papers may be considered for publication in Steinbeck Review.  If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal.


Conference Directors

Nicholas P. Taylor, Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

Tom Barden, Professor Emeritus, University of Toledo

Barbara A. Heavilin, Editor in Chief, Steinbeck Review


Conference Steering Committee

Danica Čerče, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Chuck Etheridge, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas, El Paso

Luchen Li, University of New Hampshire



Questions? Contact the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at