Calls for contributions to books and special issues of journals

Ideological Messaging and the Role of Political Literature
New extended deadline for proposals: 30 June 2016

This book project tries to produce an outline for the diversification of literature and political writings. The book covers many disciplines ranging from political literature, gender politics, identity politics, minority politics, to ideologized writing, censorship, rhetoric and aestheticism of politics, and gendered literature.

The reasons for the huge achievement of political and ideological writings are many. The first that comes to mind is the intercontinental attractiveness of the source materials from many differing cultures and nationalities, addressing power, autonomy, left/right wings, justice, prohibition, law, censorship, identities, and etc. Politics and political literature studies have emerged as one of the most dynamic areas of scrutiny since the existence of human being. Following in the footsteps of Plato and Aristotle, for instance, a number of scholars have explored the function of ideology and politics in culture and social life. Relying on ideological as well as socio-political theories, politics has contributed to cultural studies in many ways: books focusing on direct and indirect politics, gender politics, minorities, exile, identities, censorship, political engagement and leadership theories from the perspective of ideology, philosophy and cultural studies were published, among many other studies that investigate the role of politics in social life.

Few critics, however, have investigated the intersections of politics and literature in literary texts. George Orwell has famously claimed that “[…] there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues.” And Jacques ranciere expresses that all literature is political. Then, can we talk about a literature out of politics? Do writers use politics, or are they unaware of outer world? How do the authors make advantage of writing political? What are the disadvantages of political or highly ideological writings? Our study aims to find some explanatory answers to these questions.

The book will be a help for the scholars, academicians, students, librarians studying world literatures. The book will not only contribute to those in the department of any literature, but to those who specifically study politics, international relations, cultural studies, women studies, gender studies and political and ideological studies. As the world and writings get more politicized day by day, this book will benefit from what it includes.

The Tentative table of Contents comprises but is not limited to the following subject areas:

  • Literature, Ideology and Politics
  • The Literature Today and Censorship
  • World Literature (Including Different Literatures) and Politics
  • Ideology and Writing
  • Minority Literature and the Politics of Identity
  • Gender Politics and Gendered Literature
  • Ideologized Art and Samples
  • Political Writers and Contributions
  • War Politics and War Writings
  • Politics and Prose
  • Politics, Drama and Poetry

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before May 30, 2016, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by June 15, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters (each comprising at least 10,000 words) are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2016, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.
Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2017.

Important Dates

  • June 30, 2016: Proposal Submission Deadline (new extended deadline)
  • September 30, 2016: Full Chapter Submission
  • November 30, 2016: Review Results Returned
  • January 30, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification
  • February 28, 2017: Final Chapter Submission

Editor: Önder Çakırtaş
Editor’s Affiliation: PhD, Assistant Professor, Bingol University (Turkey), Department of English Language and Literature

Editor’s Contact Information
Bingöl Üniversitesi
Fen Edebiyat Fakültesi
Oda No:D2-8 12000 Bingöl/TÜRKİYE

(posted 4 April 2016, updated 6 June 2016)

The Sacramental Text Reconsidered
A special issue of Christianity & Literature
Deadline for essays: 1 June 2016

Special Issue Editor: Matthew J. Smith

This special issue of Christianity & Literature furthers the journal’s aim to investigate the complex relations between literature, drama, and Christian thought and history by bringing a critical eye to “sacramental” reading — to examine its limitations, unseen investments, and unexplored promises.

A dominant theme of recent years’ turn to religion in English studies has been the sacramental dimensions of texts and performances. Scholars have explored the interpretive deliverances of how texts enact and embody the cultural, epistemological, and metaphysical functions that Christian practice traditionally associates with sacramental devotion. Especially in their poetics and theatricality, texts and performances have been described as sacramental, incarnation, and eucharistic. Sometimes scholars connect these readings to an author’s awareness of theological controversy, such that an author or playwright is thought to engage in theological debate through writing and performance. Other approaches focus on a broader cultural demand or “gap” in popular access to the transcendent, and literary production is understood to meet such demands for transcendence, justice, semiotic complexity, embodiment, or metaphysical depth.
Yet these reading strategies — e.g., sacramental drama, sacramental poetics, incarnational texts — have been largely neglected from critical scrutiny and, at times, are only defined loosely or even analogically in connection with theological doctrines of penance, the trinity, and various historical versions of sacramental theology (transubstantiation, consubstantiation, memorialism, and so on). In fact, it has begun to be suggested that sacramental reading may in fact, almost ironically, contribute to a secularization thesis, where claims of literature’s sacramental surrogation imply some sort of loss or dysfunction in sacred access in mainstream devotional culture.
What do sacramental readings imply about the state of devotion in a given society? How, if at all, are such terms as sacramental, eucharistic, and incarnational any more than metaphorical when applied to literary production or to audiences? And does this reading strategy sometimes impose a sacred-secular binary anachronistically upon historical societies? Alternatively, does the language of sacramentality demand further investment and offer unique insight into semiotic and performative force of drama and poetry?

We invite essay submissions that question and explore the sacramental, incarnational, or eucharistic aspects of texts or performances from any historical moment.
Submit essays (6,000-9,000 words) to Matthew Smith at by June 1, 2016.
Christianity & Literature is a peer-reviewed journal published by SAGE.

(posted 4 November 2015)

Horace Walpole
Special Tercentenary Issue of Image [&] Narrative
Deadline for proposals: 1 June 2016

Ed. Jakub Lipski, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz

Image [&] Narrative is seeking papers for a special tercentenary issue devoted to the work of Horace Walpole (1717-1797). Articles covering all aspects of Walpole’s literary career are welcome, though preference will be given to those focusing on the correspondences between word and image. Possible topics may include:

  • narrative functions of image in Walpole’s work
  • Gothic imagerie in The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother
  • art commenetaries in Walpole’s correspondence, journals and Anecdotes
  • narratives and catalogues of Houghton Hall and Strawberry Hill
  • book design at the Strawberry Hill Press
  • illustrations of Walpole’s work

Prospective contributors are invited to send in 300-word abstracts of papers by June 1, 2016. Preliminary selection will be made by the end of June, 2016. Complete essays of about 5000 words should be submitted b February 1, 2017. Final selectdion, following double-blind peer review, will be made by the end of June 2017. The issue will be published in September 2017, in the month of Horace Walpole’s birth. Questions, expressions of interest and article proposals should be addressed to

To read more on the journal’s aims and scope, as well as the author guidelines, see

(posted 29 January 2016)

Shakespeare and Cervantes: 1616‒2016
Special issue of Meridian critic
Deadline: 1 June 2016

The academic journal Meridian critic invites contributions which celebrate the global cultural legacy of Shakespeare and Cervantes, in a year which marks the fourth centennial of their death. Submissions might address any related issues including, but certainly not limited to, the following:

  • The myth of authorship: Cervantes’s fictitious authorship (Mata, 2008) and the Shakespeare authorship question (Bradbeer and Casson, 2015)
  • Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’s role in the genealogy of modern ideas regarding love and friendship (Donskis, 2008) as well as in the humanist educational revolution;
  • The two writers’ concerns overlapping with our understanding of Green politics (Egan, 2006);
  • Imitating and imitated: Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the dynamics of literary influence;
  • Servants’ resistance (Shin, 2010) in Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ works as a literary solution to the narrative and ideological problem of ineffectual or tyrannical authority;
  • Popular historical and political appropriations of Shakespeare and Cervantes as part of wider popular culture practices of re-imagining the Renaissance (Semenza, 2010);
  • Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the problem of adaptation: the wide variety of guises under which their work circulates;
  • Shakespeare’s wife (Greer, 2008), Cervantes’s daughter, and the ‘problematic’ woman (Gay, 1994) in their life and works;
  • The roots of political theory and the discourse of politics in the writings of Shakespeare and Cervantes (Cascardi, 2012).

Deadline for article submission: 1 June 2016. Please send the abstracts (ca 200 words), the full paper (up to 7000 words), as well as a brief biographical note (ca 400 words) to the following addresses:,

For details regarding style, please visit the following page:

We also welcome book-length studies in the field of literature, linguistics, and cultural studies published in 2015, to be reviewed in our journal. Please send the books to the following address: Meridian critic, Facultatea de Litere şi Ştiinţe ale Comunicării, Universitatea „Ştefan cel Mare” Suceava, Str. Universităţii nr. 13, 720229 Suceava, Romania

(posted 1 February 2016)

Documents in Women’s History
A special issue (Summer 2017) of Women’’s History
Deadline for the submission of articles: 1 June 2016

A special issue (Summer 2017) of Women’s History edited by Marie Ruiz (Université Paris Diderot, LARCA) and Mélanie Grué (Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, IMAGER)

Historians face a difficult task when dealing with historical documents, testimonials revealing or concealing “truth.” As objects of enquiry, documents, sometimes limited in what they can disclose, have very often resisted historians’ intentions to show “reality.” This is even more vivid in the context of women’s history, a subjected topic that has undergone invisibility through male domination. In “Policing Truth” (1994), Leigh Gilmore argues that the notion of truth is intertwined with the notion of gender: man is a judge who has historically defined the rules and standards of truth in order to perpetuate patriarchal authority and male privilege.
Barbara Kanner’s work of bibliomethodology, Women in English Social History, 1800-1914: A Guide to Research (1988), has been a major contribution to unveiling the existence of documents informing the participation of women in all fields of British history. This special issue of Women’’s History intends to address the subjectivity of historical documents, and the place left to women in the course of history. It gives a special place to historical evidence and iconic documents revealing women’s resistance to patriarchal rule, whether in history, photography, film, or artistic representations. This volume focuses on the nature of historical documentation and its gender bias. It intends to address the question of subjectivity in women’s history.
The articles that will constitute this special issue shall focus on what documents have shown about women. The role of historians, witnesses, artists and writers shall also be included, as well as questions related to reality and objectivity in women’s history. Contributions dealing with women as producers of documents are welcome. As an oppressed group, women have indeed seized the opportunity to write their personal and collective history on their own terms, to document their lives and claim their worth against the patriarchal rule. They have produced a wide array of documents, from text to image and film, revealing the reality of female experience.
The question of perception and reception is also of interest as it determines what documents tell us about women’s ability to find a place in history through their disruption of dominant cultures.

Proposals dealing with what documents can reveal about women’s personal and collective history are welcome. They may include the following themes, though not exclusively:

  • absence in historical records/scarcity of references
  • art as historical document
  • bibliomethodology
  • difference in documents’ treatment
  • documentary and oral record
  • document and memory
  • documentary evidence
  • documents’ archiving and classification
  • documents’ mislabelling
  • historical representations of women in the arts
  • women’s historic artistic productions as sites of identity claims
  • iconic documents
  • immediate archive
  • journalism/mass information
  • manipulation/selection
  • objectivity/subjectivity
  • official records
  • production and intention
  • subaltern documents
  • visibility/invisibility
  • women in aesthetic movements
  • women’s speeches and speeches about women
  • documenting the past, documenting the present
  • the reception and interpretation of documents
  • relationship between producer/writer and spectator/reader

5000-word articles, along with short academic biographies, should be submitted to both editors: and The deadline for submission of articles is June 1, 2016.

(posted 21 March 2016)

Scotland and the Sea
Études écossaises / Scottish Studies, n°20, 2017
Deadlinefor proposals: 1 June 2016

The 2017 edition of the journal Études écossaises / Scottish Studies (Université Grenoble Alpes – ILCEA4) is seeking submissions of papers on Scottish culture, history and politics on the theme of the sea. Papers in English or French are welcomed from specialists in all fields of Scottish studies including arts and literature, civilization studies, history, political science, culture and the media.

While much of Scottish identity, culture and politics is informed by the relationship between Scotland and England, this polarization has resulted from their geographic situation as two neighbouring peoples and countries sharing a land border within a single geographic territory. Underpinning this relationship and shaping so much else about Scotland, therefore, is the maritime nature of a territory bounded everywhere else by water. Of course, the insularity of Great Britain, and the subsequent peninsularity of Scotland, should not be thought of in a pejorative sense, given the wealth of connections afforded by the sea at a time when it offered a privileged means of cultural, diplomatic and commercial exchange. Glasgow tobacco merchants in the USA, Scottish colonial administrators in India, or Scottish brigades in Sweden during the Thirty Years’ War have all been dependent on the sea for advancing their individual prospects and extending the wealth and reach of Scotland. But as Gunn’s The Silver Darlings (1941) recounts, Scots have viewed the sea in a profoundly ambivalent manner—as much as the herring of the novel represent a bountiful resource, the sea itself is often synonymous with loss and displacement. As both boundary and vector, surface and depth, the sea can be seen to incarnate this essential duality which, from Hogg to MacDiarmid, has often been seen as a fundamental trait of the supposed Scottish character. It is certainly true that the sea plays a federating role, binding local and regional specificities within a subsuming, shared experience. From the former shipyards, ports and naval bases of the Forth and Clyde to the seal-watching tours, ferries and oil terminals of the Shetlands, the Scots continue to share a common history bounded by the sea.

The upcoming issue of Scottish Studies/Études écossaises is seeking papers which address how Scotland has been shaped by its proximity with the sea, with a particular focus on maritime communication and cultural transfer.
As a multi-disciplinary journal, we encourage contributors from all specialties, particularly in the fields of literature, poetry, history, cultural studies and political science. Some fruitful areas of study will include:

  • the cultural representation of the sea and of maritime communities
  • the maritime displacement of Scottish diaspora communities
  • the role of the sea as a facilitator of Scottish culture and presence
  • the sea as a vector of cultural change in Scotland
  • the history of maritime commerce to and from Scotland
  • the development of maritime resources such as fishing and oil exploration
  • the sharing of  Scottish maritime resources at a UK or EU level
  • the socio-economic vitality of coastal communities
  • the symbolism of the sea as a tangible physical frontier

A brief proposal (200-300 words) should be sent by 1st June 2016.
Papers (45,000 signs max., including spaces) may be submitted in French or English, but authors must first obtain the appropriate style-guide from the address below. The deadline for finished papers is 1st October 2016.
Contact :

This edition of the journal Études écossaises contributes to the ongoing research project into borders and migration run by the Institut des Langues et Cultures d’Europe, des Amériques, d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Australie (ILCEA4 — Grenoble Alpes University)

(posted 25 March 2016)

Literature and Society
Contributions are invited to a book
Deadline for proposals: 5 June 2016

Deadline for full length papers: 30th July, 2016

Submit to:

Editor: Dr. P. Prayer Elmo Raj, Assistant Professor
PG & Research Department of English
Pachaiyappa’s College
Chennai-30, India

Society fashions literature. Literature and society are in a constant state of evolution. As society progresses, it faces fresh and intriguing issues that challenge humanity and as literature evolves, it engineers novel ways of creatively and artistically expressing and challenging the issues facing the society. Creative representations of social issues and political debates creatively in literature allow us to critically evaluate and hopefully explore the possibilities for a better society. Moreover, literature has the capacity to unveil complex sociopolitical and economic struggles, situations and discussions navigating them into an imaginable hopefulness. How is society represented in literature at various periods in history? How does society impact the creativity of the author?  Is it possible to employ literary texts to achieve pertinent insights into the central aspects of culture and society? How does literary and cultural analysis bring out literary texts in relation to theoretical debates on race, class, gender, sexuality, identity, nationhood, ecology, and species? This volume is an attempt to critically and analytically investigate the implications of issues relating to literature and its social contexts. Themes of focus may include but are not restricted to:

  1. approaches to the interconnection between literature and society
  2. representations of politics, culture, economics and history in literature
  3. issues on race, class, gender, sexuality, identity, nationhood, nature and species

The research paper shall focus on any aspect of the nexus between literature and society. Theoretically informed critical and analytical papers will be preferred over summations of literary texts. The volume will be published with an ISBN. There will be no publication/processing fees.

(posted 11 May 2016)

A special issue of Antae Journal
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2016


‘While we talk, the sun is getting older. It will explode in 4.5 billion years.’
Jean François Lyotard, ‘Can Thought Go on Without a Body?

‘living on can mean a reprieve or an afterlife, “life after life” or life after death, more life as
more than life, and better; the state of suspension in which it’s over – and over again’
Jacques Derrida, ‘Living On: Borderlines

‘Whether my life had been before that sleep
The Heaven which I imagine, or a Hell
Like this harsh world in which I wake to weep,
I know not’
Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘The Triumph of Life

When you die, surrounded by loved ones, a misty and transparent version of yourself will detach itself from your body. You will gaze at yourself, dead, before you let yourself go into the light, and then you shall live on eternally. Or, perhaps, “when you die” is only a linguistic construct that can only be followed by a full-stop.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to think of a “post-” to life, in the same way that it is nearly impossible for some of us not to. Life and its ceasing are all we know, and the (de)valuation of life can depend on both its termination and its continuation. How death-centred is after-life, and by implication, life itself? Can we reverse the formula and live life, in Derridean fashion, after death? The onus can be shifted to what we mean by “after”, where the connotations of “following” are less about a passive chronological occurrence than a possibly self-purposing direction. Unsurprisingly, there have been countless representations and permutations of the idea of an afterlife throughout theology, philosophy, literature and the arts, extending even to debates within scientific spheres.
Contemplating such an idea immediately situates one between several long and well-articulated traditions of the afterlife. On the one hand, there are the endless and at times even conflicting depictions of heaven, hell, and purgatory in painting, music, architecture and literature. After all, as Milton reminds us, ‘[t]he mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven’. One also encounters reincarnation (haven’t we heard of how Pythagoras met his old friend as a dog?) and the liberation from that interminable cycle as Nirvana. There is the elaborate afterlife of the Ancient Egyptians, or the idea from Germanic folklore that souls leave bodies in the form of bees, and thus the beehive is the abode of spirits. On the other hand, one sees the broad spectrum of secular nihilism stretch out across time and cultures. Don’t be daft, they tell us, there is nothing beyond life; “where death is, I am not”, to paraphrase Epicurus. Beyond life there is only decomposition. Whether or not there is an afterlife, then, seems to obstinately and perpetually remain debatable.
And yet we may already be living an afterlife of sorts, however paradoxical “living afterlife” might sound. Is not our contemporary age the afterlife of the twentieth century, and that in turn of the nineteenth, and so on? Is it possible that sometimes life changes so drastically that life becomes life-after-life, as after-event: after 9/11, or the Holocaust, or the French Revolution—and so who are we now? After trauma, there begins a new life, perhaps a lesser life. ‘Writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric’, Adorno contends. Perhaps afterlife is where the humanities die, and thus one thinks of the post-literary, where poesis might end… or begin to live anew.
Taking chronology more macroscopically, is the contemporary human being in itself not the afterlife of its evolutionary predecessors, haunted by the Neanderthals that could have been but never were? From this, therefore, it emerges that one can also look for an afterlife not just as the yet-to-come, but in the already-has-been.
Despite this, the idea seems to implicate within it, almost necessarily, something that is always future. What lies beyond human life—and one here thinks of robotics, virtuality and prosthetics, or the transhuman technological singularity that we so often hear prophesised—might not be too far removed from what lies beyond human death. What about games, where, after losing a life, you will always have another? Literature, too, seems to be making this leap into cyberspace. Is electronic literature the afterlife of the printed word, its spirit intact but lacking a body (of literature)? What about the reception of literature itself, or of the work of art more generally? When we sing the praises of Shakespeare, Dante, Hieronymus Bosch or Chopin, the “death of the author” might be transformed into the author’s eternal afterlife. Homer is still alive. And of course Shakespeare and Dante themselves gave us visions of afterlife through, for instance, Macbeth or Inferno; Chopin gave us the soundtrack to our afterlives, and Bosch, in his third panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights, a horrifying prevision. Across myth, literature, film and television, we find a multitude of afterlives: Frankenstein’s monster, vampires, ghosts and ghouls, zombies and all sorts of undead. Apocalyptic narratives all attempt an envisioning of life after life, where afterlife might be no more than base survival. No less imaginative, one reads the forms of the elegy, the memoir, the commemorative epic or the biography of the deceased as words after life. In this case, is not afterlife a memory?
And yet, memory stops where life does, science tells us. What problems does the condition of brain death present us, and what about life-support? Is organ donation a sure method of living on after your death, where parts of you live on in others? Is it still your kidney or your eye, especially when your I lives on in someone other? What about life after disease? How does one live with chronic debilitations, or how does one live with the death sentence that is terminal illness? What can disability studies tell us about afterlife?
We attempt to think of afterlives, of thought after life. It is something that concerns all of us: as Lyotard reminds us, all of us will die soon enough. How have cultures, both ancient and modern, thought of death and its consequences? After life, what lives on? What persists after all that is left of us are bones? What remains after remains?
In light of the above, the editors of antae welcome submissions on or around the topic of after(-)lives. The authorial guidelines are available on, and the deadline for submissions to is the 30th of June, 2016. Submissions should be in the form of finalised papers of around 5,000 to 7,000 words. Issues and topics relevant to this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of afterlives in literature, film, music, painting, architecture, or other arts
  • Narratives of afterlives across contemporary or historical cultures
  • Life after colonialisation; life after biopower; the politics of afterlife
  • Posthumanism and death; technologies of afterlives; materialities of afterlife
  • What the post-literary is; electronic literature; digital arts
  • Life after gender; constructions of sexuality
  • Biographies, memoirs, elegies; posthumous and unfinished literature; auto-thanatography
  • Scientific theories of post-life; epidemics and end-of-the-world scenarios
  • The reception of literature; fame, posterity, influence; lateness, late style
  • Gothic fiction; supernatural representations of the afterlife
  •  Animal afterlife; Other afterlives

(posted 7 April 2016)

“A Death of One’s Own”? Narratives of the (Un)Self : American Autothanatographers, 17-21st centuries
A thematic issue of E-rea (Spring 2017)
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2016

E-rea is the webjournal of Aix-Marseille University’s English and American Studies Unit, LERMA.

Since the 1980s-1990s, the terms “autopathography” and “autothanatography” have increasingly been used by the theorists of autobiography. Defined by Thomas Couser as “life writing that focuses on the single experience of critical illness” (“Introduction: The Embodied Self”, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, vol.6, no 1, Spring 1991, 1), autopathography often— but not always—envisions death. The aporic term autothanatography, the writing of one’s own death, has provided a useful framework for the theorists interested in the relationships between writing, the self and death. Much of the theoretical background of autothanatography can be attributed to French thinkers (Jacques Derrida who spoke about his “testamentary writing”, Louis Marin or again Maurice Blanchot, the very embodiement of the modern myth of the writer, according to Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe who described Blanchot’s both existence and writing as “posthumous” …) but recent works on autothanatography have also drawn inspiration from other European or American writers such as Paul de Man, Jeremy Tambling, Laura Marcus, Linda Anderson, Susan Sontag, Judith Butler or Felicity Nussbaum. Still, a brief overview of recent autothanatographical studies seems to indicate that American writings have not been as thoroughly or systematically explored as European ones.

The purpose of this volume is to address this void by questioning the evolution, the practices and the perspectives of American autothanatographers ever since the 17th century. While not systematically disconnecting death from disease, we will consider how one’s own death shapes the author’s writing project, turning it into a deathward project actually emerging “from beyond the grave”. The focus, therefore, will not necessarily be placed on the process of dying (as it is in autopathographies), but on death itself as at once the starting point and the result of the writing process. In a 1978 article entitled “The Shape of Death in American Autobiography,” Thomas Couser pointed out that “the form and content of the narratives are often significantly shaped by the writer’s preoccupation with death. A surprising number of our major autobiographers anticipate or offer a substitute for their own deaths; some even point beyond it, offering intimations of their own immortality” (“The Shape of Death in American Autobiography”, The Hudson Review, Vol.31, n.1, Spring 1978, 53). While such preoccupation with death is likely to be a common feature among autobiographers in general, this volume will seek to delineate and explore the cultural, religious, racial and gender parameters that could contribute to the specificities of American autothanatography. Because of this approach, the historical timeframe is deliberately broad, reaching back to the 17th century, when religion pervaded autobiographical writings, up to the early 21st century. Also, because the boundaries between reality and fiction are by no means clear-cut in the genre of autobiography (and perhaps even less so with autothanatography), contributions examining autofiction will be welcome. Finally, we wish to envision a large spectrum of autothanatographical expressions, including textual genres such as diaries, memoirs, and autofictional works but also iconographic or visual productions dealing with the author’s own death (comics, photography, self portraits, art works…).
While the essays are expected to explore American autothanatographical practices, they must also endeavor to anchor those practices in—or detach them from—the theoretical discourses shaping autothanatography. Ultimately, the volume will question whether the individual act of writing about/from/against one’s death has the power to (de)construct “a death of one’s own” (Rilke), and whether such writings can collectively constitute a specifically American literary phenomenon.

Articles may examine:

  • Special historical moments liable to (dis)connect the individual from/to a sense of national/collective identity
  • Issues of race/class/gender/religion inasmuch as they may impact the way in which death affects autobiographical practice
  • How cultural and medical discourses on death shape individual representations of one’s own death
  • The literary, poetic and/or pictorial devices that allow a writer or artist to represent his/her own dying or death
  • Double-bottom texts in which the exploration and narrative of the death of the other (thanatography) hide an autothanatographical project
  • The notion of mortiferous writing, its modes of existence and implications

Articles in English should be sent to and for October 1, 2016.

Please use E-rea’s stylesheet If you decide to submit a contribution, please let us know by sending us a message with a brief description of your project by June 30, 2016.

(posted 8 April 2016)

Caryl Phillips
A special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Summer 2017
Deadline for proposals: 1 September 2016

As an epigraph to his first novel, The Final Passage, published in 1985, Caryl Phillips quoted T. S. Eliot’s famous lines from Four Quartets about time and history: “A people without history / Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern / of timeless moments. So, while the light fails / on a winter’s afternoon, in a secluded chapel / History is now and England.” In the more than thirty years following the publication of The Final Passage, Caryl Phillips has explored in fiction, theatre and essays, the complex ways in which people experience the tension between time, the “now” that constitutes their intimate reality, and history, the abstract patterns that escape their understanding. The subjects of his novels are often “people without history,” those whom the slave trade set adrift on the Atlantic, like the children sold by the man in Crossing the River who laments his “desperate foolishness” and declares the barter he made a “shameful intercourse.” His polyphonic novels weave complex patterns of lines that crisscross in space and time, revealing the many ways in which the loss and displacement related to slavery, racism, the Holocaust, war and all forms of oppression have generated echoes, a resonance that, while not making sense of history, makes its effects more palpable by giving them narrative form.

In connection with the presence of Crossing the River on the programme of the Agrégation Externe, we will be publishing a special issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies devoted to Caryl Phillips. We invite proposals for articles devoted either to Crossing the River or to other works of fiction or non-fiction published by Caryl Phillips. While much has already been published on Crossing the River, critical frames applicable to this novel, which is emblematic of Phillips’s concern with the intertwining of fiction and history, are constantly evolving, suggesting new perspectives. “Empathy,” a term Phillips himself has used in talking about the subjects he treats, has emerged as a critical perspective in recent years. The notion of “voice,” often associated with the polyphonic dimension of the novels, has also gained new ground as a multi-faceted concept, linked to the historical presence of sounds and voices, but also to orality and the tension between speaking and writing. Works like Foreigners: Three English Lives and Dancing in the Dark, suggest the intricate relation between fact and fiction, between autobiography and biography, offering opportunities to observe Phillips’s works through philosophical and theoretical frames, but also through stylistic analyses. Recent novels like In the Falling Snow and The Lost Child place the complexities of childhood, parenting and family (present in the early fiction) in narrative and, in the case of the latter, intertextual frames that demonstrate Phillips’s capacity to create resonance within families or across generic and temporal boundaries.

CES is a double blind peer-reviewed journal. Abstracts of 600 words maximum should be sent to guest editor Kathie Birat and general editor Claire Omhovère before September 1, 2016. A brief bio-bibliographical note (50-70 words) is to be provided separately, along with name, affiliation, and e-mail address.

The abstracts will all go through a double blind peer-reviewing process and the authors will be notified of the results by October 1 via email. If selected, they will then have until February 1, 2017 to submit their full articles, which should not exceed 6000 words (including explanatory notes and Works Cited) and which should follow MLA guidelines for format (see the MLA Handbook and our own stylesheet).

(posted 24 June 2016)

Geography, Law and Space(s)
A special issue of Revue Géographique de l’Est
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2016

1609-geographie-estLegal Geography, a fairly recent phenomenon, investigates the interconnected, reciprocal and interdependent links between geography and law. This interdisciplinary field of study concerns the complex interrelations between law, space and society. Law can be geographically located, in physical settings and spaces it describes and codifies. Space affects law, in order words, geographies structure law, like the north-south divide in the UK between separate national English and Scottish legal systems within the same British state. On the other hand, law affects space in inverting the environment-law relation to look at how laws impact space. The perspective of “critical legal geography/-ies” looks beyond these binary categories to examine and challenge deterministic views of these intricate interrelations. A third way, then, might be identified, which transcends the strictures of the law/space – space/law binaries, and allows these complex interrelations of the legal, spatial and social to be explored. It becomes useful to recognise that there is no analytical separation of law, space and society, no passive spatial structure, no two discrete realms, and no higher sphere above politics.

This journal’s edition attempts to contribute to a critical legal geography, studying law as a site of a “struggle over geography” (Saïd) from the premises that space is socially and politically produced (Lefebvre et al.). The following questions may be considered, notably whether spatio-legal dimensions create spatializations in France and abroad. Also, does legal-decision making stem from the jurisdiction of a state, a region, a supranational construct, or does it take place at the very margins of confined spaces? It is conceivable to reflect on new dialectical implications between geography and law based on spaces in which such ideas as concrete and abstract, memory and identity, passages and transgressions, chaos and order collide. This might also include the critical assessment that law is somehow “above geography,” in a higher sphere divorced from its environmental contexts. Spatial claims and representations in legal and linguistic constructs might be evaluated. In addition, it might be interesting to look at “geopolitics of law.” What kinds of theoretical approaches can be adopted to interpret the interdisciplinary relationship of geography and law in order to critically engage readers and researchers in a constantly changing geographical world? Articles may concern various fields of studies and disciplines (geography, law, linguistics, literature, etc.).

A selection of articles will be published in the Journal Geographie de l’Est (Université de Lorraine).
For more information, please go to:
Articles (max. 50 000 signs), along with short academic biographies, should be submitted to
The deadline for submission of articles is 15 September 2016.

(posted 18 February 2016)

Literary Hermeneutics
An issue of the Academic Journa Polifemo
Deadline for abstracts: 3 October 2016

During the twentieth century hermeneutics as an art or science of interpretation took on new vigour and became increasingly more autonomous compared to the ancillary position it had held in the past regarding theology, law and philology. Actually, in the late nineteenth century with Schleiermacher, hermeneutics had already started to fill a space of understanding outside the bounds of text interpretation and was coming to be seen as a general theory of interpretation concerning all aspects of spiritual life, subsequently acquiring with Dilthey a new centrality for the human sciences. In short, the sphere of action of hermeneutics expanded until it had almost joined that of philosophy. It is thanks to Heidegger, and then to Gadamer, Ricoeur, Pareyson and Betti, to mention only some of its greatest exponents, that twentieth-century hermeneutics has been able to develop key concepts such as the hermeneutic circle, the hermeneutic arc, the dialectical relationship between explanation and understanding, the history of effects, the fusion of horizons, the interpreter and interpretant etc. Many of the names mentioned above elaborated these concepts in a dialogue with literary texts to the point that hermeneutics took on specific connotations in its application to literature, thereby contributing to the establishment of an actual axis of application with an extremely strong element of autonomy: literary hermeneutics.

It was Peter Szondi who then provided vital input into the development of literary hermeneutics seen as “a science of interpretation which, while not wishing to disregard philology, nevertheless wants to move in the direction of aesthetics. It must therefore be based on the concept of the art of our own time, and for this reason will be historically conditioned and deprived of universal and supra-temporal validity “. Szondi’s proposal, in the panorama of literary sciences, is embedded in a need to break with a positivistic attitude and open up to marginalized literary traditions. Against all universalistic and self-reflexive pretensions, literary hermeneutics is proposed as a methodical hermeneutics that puts the text at its centre thereby calling into question concepts such as the hermeneutic circle. The interpretation is only possible thanks to regional hermeneutics, which are to be rigorously validated thanks to the centrality of the object of application, i.e. the literary text, and thereby taking on the structure of true material hermeneutics. Jauss and Iser move in a similar direction. They recovered the relationship between aesthetic experience and literary hermeneutics proposed by Szondi, describing it according to “an aesthetic of reception” aimed at clarifying the effect and meaning of a text for a contemporary reader and rebuilding the historical process within which it emerged according to interpretative paradigms of multiple readings which create a fusion of the horizon of experience and the horizon of expectation, the history of effects and reception.

But what about the future of literary hermeneutics? What is its relationship with philosophical hermeneutics? Does it stand out for its “material” demand for textual concreteness, or does it draw on general philosophical theory for its interpretative application? What are the current developments in literary hermeneutics? And what is the function of literature in the elaboration of a philosophical hermeneutics? What are the features of Bollack’s “critical hermeneutics”, which are the continuation and transformation of Szondi’s literary hermeneutics in the direction of text intelligence?

The topics that may be presented will take into consideration:

  • Literary hermeneutics today: new paradigms and new proposals
  • Between literary hermeneutics and philosophical hermeneutics: dialogues and differences
  • Text intelligence: new interpretations and new critical paradigm
  • Literary hermeneutics and critical hermeneutics: philology and cultural science
  • For a new theory of reception between text and context

Other proposals for study on the subject put forward by those intending to collaborate in the publication will be scrupulously examined by the Scientific Committee, in order to widen the field of exploration undertaken in this issue of the Magazine. Proposals for contributions will be accepted in Italian, English and French.

To this end, the Editorial Board propose the following deadlines, with an essential preliminary step being the sending, to of an abstract (min. 10/max. 20 lines) and a short curriculum vitae of the proposer, by and absolutely no later than 3rd October 2016. Authors will receive confirmation from the Editorial Board of acceptance of their contributions by 24th October 2016. Contributions shall be delivered on 6th February 2016. All contributions will be subject to a double blind peer review. The issue, edited by Prof. Maria Tilde Bettetini and Dr Renato Boccali, will be published in June 2017.

You can read the Call for Papers here:

(posted 24 May 2016)

Advancements in Diachronic Spelling Variation: 1500-1700
A book to be submitted for consideration by Cambridge University Press
Chapter abstract submission: 30 September 2016

Chapter proposals for this book are welcome, according to the tentative timeline below:

  • Chapter abstract submission: 30 September 2016
  • Invitation to submit paper: 15 October 2016
  • Full paper submission: 15 March 2017
  • Completion of reviews: 15 May 2017
  • Revised submission: 31 June 2017
  • Final submission to the publisher: 30 September 2017

Please submit your abstract to:

The book:Advancements in the history of spelling are subject to a complex interplay between general trends in historical linguistics, technological development, the implementation of new analytical approaches, theoretical and methodological innovations. In the history of English spelling, the period between 1500 and 1700 has recently enjoyed attention from a number of scholars and consequent development in some of the areas above, including changes to methodological and analytical approaches. The implementation of new corpus linguistics tools and the availability of many of the available texts on digital platforms have played a role in this respect, with promise for the future of research in the field. Recent advancements have afforded scholars the ability to undertake systematic, quantitative research to investigate the process of spelling standardisation and have prompted a fundamental reconsideration of the approaches to the diachronic study of spelling variation. While the latest advancements represent a milestone in the journey towards the institutionalisation of the history of spelling, they inevitably lead to a re-evaluation of the traditionally qualitative, selective and single-discipline-oriented paradigm previously followed.

This book brings together papers which explore some of the latest methodological, theoretical and analytical advancements in the study of diachronic spelling variation. The book will move a first step towards opening a debate on protocols in the study of spelling variation by encompassing contributions on spelling variation in English, Italian, Spanish, German, French and other languages with focus on 1500-1700, in response to the interest that scholars have recently expressed in preliminary, interdisciplinary discussions in the field (see for example Baddeley & Voeste, 2012; Villa & Vosters, 2015). Each chapter will deal with a particular aspect of innovation and will provide background information to understand its context, while drawing broader implications for scholars of the history of spelling. The first paper will provide a pilot study which illustrates some of the latest advancements in corpus linguistics applied to Early Modern English spelling variation on a long diachronic scale.


  • Susan Baddeley & Anja Voeste. eds. 2012. Orthographies in Early Modern Europe. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Laura Villa & Rik Vosters. eds. 2015. The Historical Sociolinguistics of Spelling. John Benjamins Publishing.

Structure of the book:
Theoretical and analytical papers which deal with long diachronic spelling variation with interdisciplinary elements are especially welcome, but the book will include a number of different perspectives. Chapter headings include, but are not limited to the following:

1/Diachronic spelling variation (introduction – keynotes):
– the state of the art in Early Modern English
– challenges and goals
– the need for an interdisciplinary discussion

2/ Methodological advancements:
– innovations in corpus linguistics, computer-aided research and databases
– new perspectives on qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches
– insights into textual evidence (glosses, translations, multiple copies of the same text etc.)

3/ Theoretical and analytical innovations:
– the application of unexplored theoretical models to the study of spelling variation
– the evaluation of models and practices from other areas and their application to the study of spelling variation
– new insights into the relationship between orthography and other fields such as phonology, etymology, lexicography, dialectal variation, history etc.

4/ Problems and limitations to previous and current approaches:
– the suitability of current corpora and databases for the study of spelling variation
– the problem of spelling errors (scribal and editorial) and the phonetic representation of spelling variants etc.

5/ Lessons learned (afterword – keynotes):
– can we make a first step towards identifying practices across languages?
– are there any new approaches that can be considered for the study of spelling variation in Early Modern English?
– what are the future goals for the study of spelling variation in Early Modern English and in other languages?

Submission guidelines:
Prospective authors are invited to submit a 400-word abstract (word count excluding references).
Please also include a short biography (100 words, which will appear in the book) and the following information:
Your full name, the name of your institution and your full office or home address your email. Please include all of the requested information in one doc or docx.
First drafts of future papers (6000-8000 words, including bibliography) from selected abstracts would be required within approx. 5-months of notification that your abstract has been accepted. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Submissions are welcome from researchers of all levels.

(posted 6 July 2016, updated 12 July 2016)

Approaches to Old Age
European Journal of English Studies, Volume 22
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

ejesGuest Editors: Sarah Falcus (Huddersfield) and Maricel Oró Piqueras (Lleida)

The final decades of the twentieth century saw the rise of humanistic or cultural gerontology, and this has continued apace into the twenty-first century. Interest in English Studies has ranged across the disciplines and beyond, establishing connections with biomedicine, sociology and politics. This work includes studies and creative projects that both analyse and produce visual representations of ageing, from photography to film. In linguistics, explorations of language attrition in Alzheimer’s Disease provide humanistic perspectives on the experience and treatment of this form of dementia. Literary studies has seen explorations of the affect value of literary and cultural texts and analyses of the intersections of ageing and gender, race, sexuality and disability. There is also much work on late-life creativity and late style.

This issue seeks to extend the variety and multiplicity of approaches in cultural gerontology, contributing to the dialogue between English Studies and Ageing Studies. We welcome contributions that explore old age across the full range of literary and cultural forms.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • the ageing body
  • approaching old age
  • genre and age
  • ageing readers/audiences
  • ageing as a cultural anxiety
  • old age across history
  • picturing old age
  • ageing and loss of language
  • language use and Alzheimer’s Disease

Detailed proposals (600-1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as any inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors: Sarah Falcus and Maricel Oró Piqueras.

Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of proposals and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for proposals is 31 October 2016, with delivery of completed essays by 31 March 2017.

(posted 30 January 2016)

Global Responses to the “War on Terror”
European Journal of English Studies, Volume 22
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

ejesGuest editors: Michael C. Frank (Düsseldorf) and Pavan Kumar Malreddy (Goethe University Frankfurt)

This issue proposes a thematic shift from the widely discussed traumatic impact of the 11 September 2001 attacks themselves to the transformative impact of the ensuing ‘war on terror’. In particular, it identifies a conceptual gap in the existing criticism on ‘9/11’ and its cultural resonance, which tends to privilege Euro-American responses to the event, while considering trauma, grief and suffering as primarily transatlantic experiences. The corresponding Anglophone canon of ‘post-9/11’ fiction and nonfiction literature, documentary, drama, and film has failed to address the responsive violence incited by the decade-long military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the destabilisation of political regimes in the Middle East, and other clandestine operations in the Global South in the name of countering ‘terrorism’.

The aim of this issue is to de-centre the singularity assumed by ‘9/11’, and to draw attention to new sites of literary and cultural criticism that move beyond the destruction of the World Trade Center and the physical space of New York City to engage with the multiple crises related to the ‘war on terror’ on a global scale.

Contributions are invited from any sub-discipline in Anglophone cultures and might include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • transatlantic and diasporic responses to the ‘war on terror’
  • intersections of European and postcolonial criticism in approaching the ‘war on terror’
  • public discourses on terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • responses to the war on terror in architecture, monuments, memorials, photography, visual arts, sculpture, rituals (commemoration), popular culture (internet, social media) and video-games
  • terrorism in novels, poetry, and reportage narratives from the Global South and the Middle East

Detailed proposals (600-1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as any inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors, Michael C. Frank and Pavan Malreddy.

Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of proposals and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for proposals is 31 October 2016, with delivery of completed essays by 31 March 2017.

(posted 30 January 2016)

Poetry, Science and Technology
European Journal of English Studies, Volume 22
Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2016

ejesGuest editors: Irmtraud Huber (Berne), Wolfgang Funk (Mainz)

In the preface to Lyrical Ballads, William Wordsworth famously calls poetry ‘the first and last of all knowledge’ and describes the poet’s task as carrying ‘sensation into the objects of science itself’. The editors invite contributions that explore relations between poetic and scientific knowledge, an association commonly neglected in favour of a focus on narrative. Moreover, we seek to explore how technological advances such as the invention and development of eveÍr more sophisticated machinery or changes in the means of communication find echoes in the imaginary and structure of poetry.

By focusing on these connections and correspondences between apparently dissimilar ways of world-making, this issue aims to offer new perspectives on the interplay between scientific and technological innovation and poetic form. It will attempt to trace how paradigm changes such as Darwinism, post-Newtonian physics or non-Euclidean geometry find correlatives in poetry. The editors also wish to promote a critical dialogue between poetic and narratological approaches to relations between literature and science at different historical moments. We welcome critical engagements with specific case studies of poetic or scientific works, as well as theoretical reflections on the relations between poetry and science and technology from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

Relevant topics in this context might include, among others:

  • poetry and science as complementary and/or competing epistemological structures and forms of knowledge conservation and dissemination
  • concepts and metaphors common to both poetry and science, like the experiment, the model, innovation or abstraction
  • formal transformations in poetry in relation to scientific and technological paradigm changes
  • shifts in the cultural authority of science and poetry
  • poetry as a possible mediator between abstract scientific knowledge and its technological application
  • representations of scientific procedures and knowledge as well as technological innovation in poetry

Detailed proposals (600-1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as any inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to both editors Irmtraud Huber and Wolfgang Funk.

Potential contributors are reminded that EJES operates a two-stage review process. The first is based on the submission of proposals and results in invitations to submit full essays from which a final selection is then made.

The deadline for proposals is 31 October 2016, with delivery of completed essays by 31 March 2017.

(posted 30 January 2016)

Shakespeare and Africa
Anniversary Issue (10 Years) of the e-journal Shakespeare en devenir 2017
Deadline for completed articles: late April 2017

This issue would like to explore the relationship between Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, that of Shakespeare but also his contemporaries, and the representation of Africa, or, from a contextual viewpoint, the perception of the African continent in early modern England. The issue will also discuss 19th-21st c. re-writings, appropriations and adaptations of Shakespeare by African and African-American writers, stage directors and film directors.

Proposals may discuss, among other issues:

  1. The perception of the African continent in early modern England (in history, cartography, or history of ideas); the appropriation, discussion or rejection of foreign texts on/from Africa, as that of Leo Africanus (translated in 1600 as A Geographical Historie of Africa).
  2. Africa and African culture represented in drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
  3. Rewritings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries by black writers: appropriations and distortions of the canonical texts, changes of focus and viewpoints, prequels and sequels, as, for example, Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête, Djanet’s Sears’ Harlem Duet, Toni Morrison’s Desdemona, etc. Or more sporadic or indirect appropriations of Shakespearean elements by, for example, South-African writers like John M. Coetzee, Geoffrey Haresnape or Nadine Gordimer.
  4. 19th-21st century performances of early modern plays or their later rewritings in Africa, in French-speaking, Arabic-speaking, English-speaking, Portuguese-speaking countries; screen adaptations such as Alexander Abela’s Makifebo or Youssef Chahine’s Alexandria Trilogy.
  5. Performances (outside of Africa) by African-American companies. For example, Orson Welles’ 1936 voodoo Macbeth at the Federal Theatre; Brett Bailey’s transposition of Verdi’s Macbeth to the Congo and the Congolese regime; Toni Morrison’s Desdemona with Malian singer Rokia Traoré; work by the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, etc.

Completed papers, in English or in French, should be sent by late April 2017 along with an abstract, a contributor’s bio and a list of keywords, to Yan Brailowsky and Pascale Drouet:,

Selected References

  • Andrea, Bernadette, “The Ghost of Leo Africanus from the English to the Irish Renaissance”, in P.C. Ingham & M. Warren (eds.), Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, p. 195-215.
  • Banham, Martin, Mooneeram, Roshni, Plastow, Jane, “Shakespeare and Africa”, in S. Wells & S. Stanton (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage, Cambridge, CUP, 2002, p. 284-299.
  • Brookes, Kristen, “Inhaling the Alien: Race and Tobacco in Early Modern England”, in B. Sebek & S. Deng, Global Traffic: Discourses and Practices in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p. 157-178.
  • Cimitille, Anna Maria, “Shakespeare and Literary Africa: Encounters by Dissonance in Coetzee, Soyinka, Gordimer”, Ranam: Recherches Anglaises et Nord-Américaines, 2014, vol. 47, p. 245-264.
  • Darragi, Rafik, “The Tunisian Stage: Shakespeare’s Part in Question”, Critical Survey, 2007, vol. 19 issue 3, p. 95-106.
  • Fensome, Rebecca, “Giving place to Shakespeare in Africa: Geoffrey Haresnape’s African Tales from Shakespeare”, in G. Bradshaw, T. Bishop, L. Wright (eds.), The Shakespearean International Yearbook 9: Special Section, South African Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century, Farnham, Asgathe, 2009, p. 171-191.
  • Gouws, John, “Shakespeare, Webster and the Moriturus Lyric in Renaissance England”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 1989, 3, p. 45-57.
  • Guarracino, Serena, “Africa as Voices and Vibes: Musical Routes in Toni Morrison’s Marget Garner and Desdemona”, Research in African Literature, 2015 Winter, vol. 46 (4), p. 56-71.
  • Lebdai, Benaouda, “Traces of Shakespeare’s Tragedies in Africa”, in Eric C. Brown & Estelle Rivier (eds.), Shakespeare in Performance, Newcastle, CSP, 2013, p. 182-193.
  • Mafe, Diana Adesola, “From Ogun to Othello: (Re)Acquainting Yoruba Myth and Shakespeare’s Moor”, Research in African Literatures, Fall 2004, vol. 35, issue 3, p. 46-61.
  • Malère, Kaf, “Un Hamlet africain”, Horizons Maghrébins: Le Droit à la Mémoire, 2005, 53, p. 163-171.
  • Plastow, Jane (ed. And introd.), Shakespeare In and Out of Africa, Woodbridge, Currey, 2013.
  • Roux, Daniel, “Shakespeare and Tragedy in South Africa: From Black Hamlet to A Dream Deferred”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 2015, vol. 27, p. 1-14.
  • Seeff, Adele, “Titus Andronicus: South Africa’s Shakespeare”, Borrowers and Lenders, 2008 Fall-2009 Winter, 4 (1), no pagination.
  • Sher, Antony, Doran, Gregory, Woza Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus in South Africa, London, Bloomsbury, 1997.
  • Ungerer, Gustav, “The Presence of Africans in Elizabethan England and the Performance of Titus Andronicus at Burley-on-the-Hill, 1595-96”, Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, 2008, vol. 21, p. 19-55.
  • Voss, Tony, “South Africa in Shakespeare’s ‘wide and universal theatre’”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 2015, vol. 27, p. 61-69.
  • Wilkinson, Jane, Africa: Rivista Trimestrale di Studi e Documentazione dell’Instituto Italo-Africano, 1999 June, 54 (2), p. 193-229, 230.
  • Willan, Brian, “Whose Shakespeare? Early Black South African Engagement with Shakespeare”, Shakespeare in Southern Africa, 2012, vol. 24, p. 3-24.
  • Woods, Peneloppe, “The Two Gentlemen of Zimbabwe & Their Diaspora Audience at Shakespeare’s Globe”, in J. Plastow (ed.), Shakespeare In and Out of Africa, Woodbridge, James Currey, 2013, p. 13-27.

(posted 1 August 2016)

Permanently valid calls for papers

The Journal of Cultural Mediation

The Journal of Cultural Mediation of the SSML Fondazione Villaggio dei Ragazzi “don Salvatore d’Angelo” focuses on the role of culture in perceiving and translating reality. The aim of this Journal is to promote research in communication, especially by investigating language, languages, cultural models, mediation and interculturality, welcoming contributions focussing on cultural mediation in modern society.
In particular manuscripts should concern:
– The role of the cultural mediator
– Linguistic/cultural mediation teaching methodologies
– Cultural mediation and identity
– Linguistic mediation in specialized discourse
– Analysis of text translations
– Quality interpreting – Interpreting as cultural mediation
– Professionalization and professional issues of interpreters
– Interdisciplinarity within Interpreting Studies
– Teaching methodologies in interpreter training
– Research on any aspect of interpreting in any research paradigm (including cognitive science, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, anthropology, semiotics, comparative cultural studies, cross-cultural communication, etc.)

All papers submitted to The Journal of Cultural Mediation should be original, neither having been previously published nor being considered elsewhere at the time of submission.
Papers can be written in Italian, English, French, Spanish or German, they should not exceed 6000 words and should be preceded by an abstract of 200-250 words. If the language of the paper is not English, please include a translation of the abstract in English as well. At the head of your abstract please indicate the title of the proposal, the name of the author/s, affiliation and email address. Please include five to six keywords.
The editor will select contributions for each issue and notify authors of acceptance or otherwise according to the dates below.
Authors wishing to contribute to the Journal of Cultural Mediation are welcome to submit their abstracts as email attachments to:

For further information, contributors are encouraged to read the guidelines of the journal, given on our website:

(posted 16 February 2012)

The Brontës and the Idea of Influence
A thematic dossier in the “Writers, writings” section of LISA e-journal

In March 2007, Stevie Davies, Patricia Duncker and Michele Roberts gathered around Patsy Stoneman at Haworth in Yorkshire to talk about the influence that the Brontës had had on their evolutions as authors, and more generally, about the source of inspiration that the most famous family of writers in England could represent. Patsy Stoneman had already tackled the topic by publishing a book entitled The Brontë Influence in 2004 with the help of Charmian Knight. The issue of LISA e-journal “Re-Writing Jane Eyre: Jane Eyre, Past and Present” is further evidence of Charlotte Brontë’s influence on the writers of the following decades or centuries. So far, these studies have been quite limited and this field of research, “the Brontë influence”, offers a wide range of possible developments.
Moreover, if the four authors’ poetry and novels have already been the object of numerous studies, there is much left to write about the influences which were exerted on the Brontës, whether religious, literary, philosophical or cultural. Taking account of the context of  a work is often a good way of understanding the issues underlying a text: the path taken by the Brontës, their journeys, their stays abroad, the books they read, etc. could prove to be very enlightening. Besides these external factors, one could also consider the interactions between the three sisters, who wrote in the same room and who read passages from their works aloud.
A final aspect to identify and study could be the influences which are exerted within the Brontës’ works themselves. How can one account for the progress of the heroes and heroines? How is the influence that characters have on one another expressed? What role does nature play in the destiny of characters? Which other elements intervene in the novels?

This dossier devoted to the Brontës intends to analyse the works through the perspective of influence and three different fields of research can thus be considered:
–    influences on the Brontës
–    the idea of influence in the Brontës’ works
–    the Brontë influence on the writers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Please send your proposals (one A4 page maximum) to Dr. Élise Ouvrard
Accepted articles will be published in the thematic dossier “The Brontës and the Idea of Influence” on the website of LISA e-journal:

(posted 10 January 2008, updated 3 November 2010)

Controversy: Literary Studies and Ethics
JLT-Journal of Literary Theory online

Submissions are continuously accepted.
Are literary scholars and critics supposed to voice their view on normative questions within their academic writings? How far should world views, political opinions and evaluations enter into the scholarly and critical work with literary texts? Is it even possible to exclude such judgements from literary studies? How and why do different traditions of literary studies treat these problems divergently?
Submissions are expected to refer to previous contributions to this controversy by Peter J. Rabinowitz and Marshall W. Gregory, which can be found at and at
Please contact the editorial office for further details at

(posted 10 February 2011)