Studies in Global Genre Fiction

CoFUTURES outreach and publications activities include the Routledge book series Studies in Global Genre Fiction, edited by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay and Taryne Jade Taylor.


Studies in Global Genre Fiction is a series of investigations into understudied genre fiction from diverse literary cultures and languages. The series offers original insights into the history of genre fiction in terms of literary history, media history, reception history, and print and publication history throughout the world. The series contests the two hierarchies that constrain global genre fiction studies: between Anglophone literature and other language literatures, and between literary fiction and genre fiction. It explores the exchanges between different literary cultures that productively shape aesthetic concerns, while also exploring the specific literary, sociopolitical, geographical, economic, and historical forces that shape genre fiction across the world. A key focus for the series will be on understudied genre fictions from the “global South” – where geographical location often confines works to the margins of the global publishing industry, international circulation, and academic scrutiny, even if these works may be widely read and circulated in their own specific languages or contexts.  Each volume in the series redefines the boundaries of genre fiction studies.

We welcome monographs and edited collections on studies of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Detective fiction, Crime fiction and thrillers, Romance, in literature, comics and graphic novels, genre films and other genre visual media, as well as hitherto unmapped popular genres in different parts of the world. We are particularly interested in studies that highlight fictions of the “Global South”and non-Anglophone genre literature, studies of transnational connections between genre fictions, and the untranslated in genre fictions. If you have a manuscript or proposal for us, we would love to discuss more!


This series has three main objectives, outlined below in terms of their specific intervention into fields of study:

One, Book history, print and publication history: the series will provide original analysis of how context specific ways of production, distribution, marketing, and reception alter our understanding of what constitutes genre literature, and what kind of publishing and institutional histories lie behind the production of genre literature around the world. 

Two, Genre fiction studies, genre theory, and comparative genre studies: the series will show how different kinds of classifications and genre labels are adopted, used, misused, broken down and reshaped, discarded, often with different aesthetic implications in different literary cultures. It will also engage in extensive comparative studies between different language literatures to show the entanglement of different genre fictions, and explore processes of translation, transcreation and localization. 

Three, Literary history, literary theory, and comparative literary studies: the series will provide original interventions into literary history and contest the hierarchical separation of genre (lowbrow/low literature) and non-genre fiction (high literature), within an already segregated space of Anglophone and global (non-Anglophone) literature. Such hierarchies fail to capture the incredibly rich literary and cultural history of world and global literatures, and the many points of intersection and flows between the ostensible high and the ostensible low, and the cross-cultural influences in literary production.

Series Editors
• Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay (University of Oslo, Norway)
• Taryne Jade Taylor (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA)

Editorial Advisory Board
• Suparno Banerjee (Texas State University, USA)
• Alexis Brooks de Vita (Texas Southern University, USA)
• Paweł Frelik (University of Warsaw, Poland)
• M Elizabeth Ginway (University of Florida, USA)
• Joan Gordon (Science Fiction Studies)
• Abhijit Gupta (Jadavpur University, India)
• Rana Issa (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
• Helge Jordheim (University of Oslo, Norway)
• Dale Knickerbocker (East Carolina University, USA)
• Aino-Kaisa Koistinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
• Isiah Lavender III (University of Georgia, USA)
• Farah Mendlesohn (Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science and Fantasy, UK)
• Amy J. Ransom (Central Michigan University, USA)
• Takayuki Tatsumi (Keio University, Japan)
Year Title Type Author(s)/Editor(s) Details
2018/19 Indian Genre Fiction: Pasts and Future Histories Edited Collection Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Aakriti Mandhwani, Anwesha Maity

More titles forthcoming.
To discuss a book pitch, please write to

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay (bodhi[at]bodhisattvac[dot]com) and Taryne Jade Taylor (taylot49[at]erau[dot]edu)


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We look forward to hearing from you!