Critical storytellers provoke readers to acknowledge and question different perspectives. Critical storytelling questions unquestioned norms and assumptions. It exposes oppression in its various forms, such as violence, sexism, racism, bullying, exploitation, marginalization, dehumanization, and cultural imperialism. These passionate narrators have the guts to think, act, and question, vulnerably. Storytelling, when it's critical, is inclusive. It doubts common sense. It questions the status quo. It tears down regimes of domination. It envisions possibilities for change. Critical storytellers rely on various media and methods. Their stories are critical of metanarratives that are exclusionary and divisive. Critical storytellers voice silences and offer new narratives in their creative work. The Critical Storytelling book series will include diverse storytelling methods, theoretical approaches, and narrative frameworks.
We invite collaborative books, edited, and authored, as well as individually written projects.
Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the Acquisitions Editor, Athina Dimitriou.
Nicholas D. Hartlep holds the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education at Berea College where he also Chairs the Education Studies Department in Berea, Kentucky. Routledge published his co-edited book The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in US Higher Education, which was nominated for the Grawemeyer Awards Program and received an Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities presented him with the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement for his work on student loan debt and anti-racist teacher preparation. Most recently he was named a Top 100 Leader in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning in 2020. Hartlep researches the model-minority stereotype of Asian Americans, teacher education, higher educational leadership, and student debt.
Brandon O. Hensley is Associate Professor and Director of the School of Humanities at Rochester University, Michigan. The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in US Higher Education, which he co-edited with Nicholas Hartlep and Lucille Eckrich, received an Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education. He also published a public speaking textbook in 2018, Building Your Voice: Powerful Public Speaking in the 21st Century. Hensley researches bullying, masculinity, whiteness, and student debt.
Carmella J. Braniger is a Professor of English at Millikin University, where she teaches creative writing and literature. She has published essays, several narrative poems, over fifty micropoems, and more than a dozen poetry sequences. Her chapbook, No One May Follow, was published by Pudding House Publications in 2009. She is the editor of several volumes of the Critical Storytelling series, which is currently the main focus of her research agenda.
Carmella J. Braniger, Millikin University
Nicholas D. Hartlep, Berea College, Kentucky
Brandon O. Hensley, Rochester University
Editorial Board Members:
René Antrop-González, State University of New York at New Paltz, New York
Noelle W. Arnold, Ohio State University
Daisy Ball, Roanoke College
T. Jameson Brewer, University of North Georgia
Gilberto Conchas, Pennsylvania State University
Brad Evans, University of Bath
Cleveland Hayes, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Mohamed Nur-Awaleh, Illinois State University
Valerie Pang, San Diego State University
Ligia Pelosi, Victoria University
David Pérez II, Syracuse University
Peggy Shannon-Baker, Georgia Southern University
Christine Sleeter, California State University, Monterey Bay
Suzanne SooHoo, Chapman University
Mark Vicars, Victoria University