Books and special issues of journals – Deadlines July to September 2021

Intercultural Communication and Ubiquitous Learning in Multimodal English Language Education
Call for chapters for an edited volume
Proposals Submission Deadline: 15 July 2021
  • Soraya García-Sánchez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Richard Clouet, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Today’s society demands empirical findings towards English Language Education (ELE) for greater multimodal intercultural communication that responds to ubiquitous learners’ context and competences. Learning English is not limited to face-to-face or distant classroom programs, but it implies reaching successful communication and communicative mediation with different spaces and cultures transforming foreign language learning into an intercultural and collaborative experience. Moreover, English Language Education is ubiquitous since it happens inside and outside the classroom and it is often supported by Computer/Mobile Assisted Language Learning (CALL/MALL). This ubiquity necessarily links with online multimodal communication that allows ELE learners to engage in different types of interactions using different mediums (written, spoken, visual, audiovisual, …). Under the constant transformations in the fields of Applied Linguistics and, in particular, in English Language Education, there exists a need for an edited collection of the latest original research in this area.

This Call for Chapters (CFC) calls for submissions to the edited book Intercultural Communication and Ubiquitous Learning in Multimodal English Language Education. The main subject area of this book is Applied Linguistics, a research discipline covering real-world language situations. This book will aim to report current empirical research methods and review relevant theoretical advances in English language learning, linked to applied technologies and action research for experiential situations in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP). It will deal with the most innovative approaches to English Language Education from an intercultural and communicative perspective that would cover key concepts such as collaborative ubiquitous learning and multimodal communication. Qualitative and quantitative studies are welcome.

The target audience of this book will be composed of academics, researchers, and educators working in the fields of Applied Linguistics, English Language Education (ubiquitous learning, collaborative learning, mediation and engagement as interactive communicative strategies), intercultural communication and CALL/MALL. Likewise, the book will provide insightful pedagogical advances for successful English Language Education, knowledge acquisition and communication skills concerning experiential learning environments for English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

The proposed articles should be written in English and focused on, but not limited to: – (Technology and Pedagogical) Advances in CALL/MALL for English Language Communication – Multimodal Communication in EFL/ELF/ESP – Multimodal English Language Education – English Language Ecosystems set in a (Telle-)Collaborative Ubiquitous Learning Approach – English as a Lingua Franca and Intercultural Communication – Strategies towards Intercultural Communication – Intercultural Communicative Competence: Experiential Learning Approaches – CEFR Mediation and Intercultural Communication – CEFR Approaches towards Communicative Mediation in English Language Learning

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2021, 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 July 29, 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 20, 2022, 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, Intercultural Communication and Ubiquitous Learning in Multimodal English Language Education. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

  • July 15, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • July 29, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
  • January 20, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
  • March 10, 2022: Review Results Returned
  • April 30, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
  • May 15, 2022: Final Chapter Submission


Soraya García-Sánchez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:

Richard Clouet, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:

The full call for chapters can be found at

(posted 8 April 2021)

Beyond the White House: The First Lady in Film, Fiction, and Culture.
An edited collection of essays
Deadline for proposals: 16 July 2021

This edited collection seeks to explore the representation of the First Lady in a range of different texts and media. The collection aims to examine the President’s wife in a purely cultural context by investigating the ways in which she has been represented, embodied, characterised and commemorated in film, fiction, memoir, photography and portraiture, television, theatre, education, museum studies, fashion, and social media.

Beyond the White House is an original work that makes use of cultural interpretation to reconfigure the figure of the First Lady as a culturally authoritative individual possessing the ability to sway, change, inspire, and manipulate public attention and opinion. Moving away from biographies and histories, this is the first volume of its kind to consider the representation of the First Lady figure through the prism of popular culture – and therefore consider her impact upon ‘cultural politics’ – and the first to regard her as a strategically important socio-cultural figure.

Removed from the patriarchal hierarchy of White House politics and expectations, the First Lady emerges as a force of her own; she subtly carves out cultural agency and gender identity despite her (in)visibility in the public eye. Simply by being the ‘First Lady of the United States’ she possesses what MaryAnne Borrelli has labelled the “performance of descriptive representation” (Women and the White House: 229). The relationship between the woman and the office is paramount; the existence of the title ‘First Lady’ permits popular culture to tolerate or reject not only political and cultural manoeuvring, but also issues of gender, race, self, location, fashion, identity, satire, memory, authority, and even pedagogy. The office of the First Lady is what the woman makes it, and in Beyond the White House she has become a commanding cultural icon.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The First Lady in film and on television (both fictional First Ladies and representations of real First Ladies, such as in the new First Ladies series from Showtime)
  • First Ladies in fiction (this might be retellings of the stories of real First Ladies, or new fictional First Ladies)
  • First Ladies and self-representation, life-writing and memoir (i.e. Becoming by Michelle Obama, Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton)
  • First Ladies in education; how the role of FLOTUS is represented and taught in classrooms
  • The First Lady on display; exhibitions, curatorship and portraiture of FLOTUS
  • Photography and portraiture of the First Ladies (in magazines, photoshoots and journalism as well as official portraiture)
  • First Ladies on stage and in theatre
  • Fashion and the First Ladies (from inaugural gowns to Melania’s ‘I really don’t care’ jacket)
  • Self-representation and social media; FLOTUS on Twitter and Instagram.

Please send 300-500 word abstracts, a short bio to Dr Anne-Marie Evans ( and Dr Sarah Trott ( ) by 16th July 2021

(posted 17 June 2021)

Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria
A special issue of Cycnos
Deadline for proposals: 20 July 2021

It is our pleasure to launch a call for papers for a special issue of Cycnos entirely dedicated to Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria. The volume is mainly meant for the students and teachers of the Agrégation in France consequently, the papers may bear upon the whole novel and analyse its thematic, generic, historic, political, ethical, rhetorical or structural aspects and in this case the articles may be written in French or in English; or the papers may bear upon a specific excerpt and take the form of a close reading and in that case the articles will have to be written in English.

We expect the proposals for the 20th of July 2021. Our response will be given by the 1st of August and the completed papers will have to reach us by the 1st of October for a publication at the beginning of November 2021 – so that all the Agrégation students may have access to the volume before the written exams.

Thank you for sending a title and an abstract (around 300 words) as well as a short résumé (around 200 words) to Vanessa Guignery and Christian Gutleben :

(posted 20 April 2021)

Hunger and Waste
Literature and Medicine, Volume 40, Number 1, Spring 2022
Deadline for proposals: 1 August 2021

Issue Editor: Isabelle Meuret

This issue of Literature and Medicine will interrogate expressions of hunger and waste in both literary and biomedical contexts. Hunger is a physiological disposition, a daily preoccupation, and a metaphor for desire. On another scale, global hunger—leading to malnutrition and starvation—affects hundreds of millions living in poverty. As for waste, the dearth, careless use, or squandering of resources, together with climate change and other environmental challenges, have raised new concerns about food supplies and unequal access.

Literary variations on the theme of hunger and waste span from the stories of hard-line strikers to those of hunger artists or modern anorexics. Famine fiction is a genre in itself. Memoirs by eating-disordered patients have replaced fasting saints’ hagiographies. Likewise, doctors and caregivers are confronted with the complications of bodies wasting away: subjects may be affected by severe pathologies, suffer dietary restrictions, endure invasive treatments, or resist nutritional intervention or rehabilitation. But while inanition can be lethal, fasting also proves therapeutic. Severe calorie restriction endangers the functions of the organism, induces alterations in energy metabolism, results in nutrient deficiencies and dehydration—yet abstaining from food may cause health benefits in terms of weight loss, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

Both literature and biomedicine grapple with issues pertaining to hunger and waste in terms ofrepresentations (How, by whom, to what ends are stories of starvation told? How do the mechanisms of hunger and waste work? What are the effects of malnutrition on mind and body?); significations (What are the social, political, religious meanings of hunger? Is anorexia a response to trauma?); aggravations (What are the consequences of famine on vulnerable populations? How does emaciation interpellate the other?); counteractions (Which clinical, ethical, and humanitarian responses best address food deprivation? What are the challenges of (re-)feeding individuals and entire nations?)

These questions show the many avenues for problematizing hunger and waste in fields such as the health and medical humanities, cognitive literary criticism, fat and hunger studies, and narrative medicine. They invite interdisciplinary dialogue with sociology, philosophy, history, psychology, anthropology, media and cultural studies, and performing and visual arts. They also encourage and welcome intersectional methodologies, for instance in connection with disability and lgbtq+ studies, or critical race theory. In any instance, proposals should consider literature or biomedicine, or both, in their broadest sense, as points of reference, and will ideally fit in one of these topical categories:

  • Food insecurity; malnutrition in times of poverty, famines, wars, exiles, and epidemics.
  • Food waste; including protest against consumerism, or environmental impact thereof.
  • Hunger strikes; political and/or subversive resistance to coercion and oppression.
  • Fasting vs feasting; asceticism, relative to spiritual or religious taboos and rituals.
  • Anorexia; pathologization, medicalization, and treatment of self-starvation.
  • Hunger and anger; expression of rage, of ravenous appetites and insatiable desires.

Strong submissions that do not quite fit into the theme issue as it takes shape will also be considered for inclusion in general issues of the journal.

Deadline for submission: August 1, 2021.  Address inquiries to

Call for Papers and Guidelines for Contributors

Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarship that explores representational and cultural practices concerning health care and the body. Areas of interest include disease, illness, and health; the cultures of biomedical science and technology and of the clinic; disability; and violence, trauma, and power relations as these are represented and interpreted in broadly defined archives of verbal, visual, and material texts. Literature and Medicinefeatures one thematic and one general issue each year. Past theme issues have explored identity and difference; contagion and infection; cancer pathography; the representations of genomics; and the narration of pain.

Literature and Medicine is published semiannually. Literature and Medicine editors will consider essay clusters devoted to a particular topic or written on a specific occasion. Submissions on any aspect of literature and medicine will be considered, but the journal rarely publishes short notes, personal essays, or creative writing. Authors are advised to look carefully at past issues of the journal (available on the journal website) before submitting their work. Manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words in length. Please include an abstract of 100–150 words, and 3–5 keywords.  All submissions should have text, end notes, and bibliography double-spaced and prepared according to guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, current edition. Authors will be responsible for securing permission to include visual images, figures, or verbal quotations that exceed fair use.

Literature and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal. Authors’ names should appear only on a cover sheet, and any identifiers in the text should be masked so manuscripts can be reviewed anonymously. Literature and Medicine reviews only unpublished manuscripts that are not simultaneously under review for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts must be submitted in digital form (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) through our website:

Correspondence should be sent

(posted 16 June 2021)

‘Bondian Drama’ and Young Audience
An edited book published by Vernon Press
Deadline for proposals: 15 August 2021
Editor: Uğur ADA, PhD (Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa University, Turkey)
Edward Bond is one of the most controversial and prolific playwrights of British theatre. Throughout his writing career; the playwright has challenged the conservative standpoint of theatre and education institutions which, he believes, alienate human beings ‒ especially children ‒ from their inner self. He reveals the cultural, psychological, social and individual conflicts of human beings between their inner self and outer world by exploring the effects of violent acts in his plays some of which were staged at more than 60 countries all over the world.
Against the degradation of the dignity and sociality in the modern world, the playwright has developed a creative collaboration with theatre in education companies, local or regional theater groups since the end of 1980s. This collaboration has bought out theatre plays for young audience and also theoretical works which have enabled artistic/educational benefits for all the stakeholders of the art of theatre.
This book seeks works from established and emerging scholars on topics including but not limited to:
  • Edward Bond and ‘Bondian Drama’
  • Theatrical and Pedagogical Background of ‘Bondian Drama’
  • ‘Bondian Drama’ and Theatre for Young Audience
  • ‘Bondian Drama’ and ‘Dramatic Child’
  • ‘Bondian Drama’ and Theatre in Education (TiE)
  • Edward Bond’s Plays for Young Audience (Big Brum Plays, etc.)
  • Future Implications of ‘Bondian Drama’ on Theatre for Young Audience
  • Abstract/Chapter Due: 15 August 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 September 2021
  • Full Drafts of Chapters: 1 November 2021
  • Finalized Full Drafts of Chapters: 15 December 2021
Proposals should be between 500-700 words and should clearly describe the author’s thesis and provide an overview of the proposed chapter’s structure. Completed chapters (7000 – 10000 words) are also welcome. All proposals/chapters should be prepared for blind review, removing any reference to the author. As a separate document, authors should provide a short CV containing contact information and relevant publications and presentations.
Please note, submitted proposals/chapters should not have been previously published nor currently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Proposals/Chapters should follow APA style. There are no any submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication.
Please email questions and submissions to the editor Dr. Uğur ADA,
This book is proposed to be published by Vernon Press (an imprint of Vernon Art and Science Inc., USA), an international academic publisher of bilingual scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. Please visit for more details regarding Vernon Press and this publication.

(posted 13 May 2021)

J.R.R. Tolkien in Central Europe
Edited Volume/Collective Monograph
Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2021

Due in part to the success of the film adaptations, Tolkien, and by extension, fantasy has recently been rediscovered as a trending genre paradigm in Western literary and media scholarship. It is perceived as a conduit for underlying cultural ideas about world-building and historical nostalgia, transmediality, fandom and participatory culture as well as media convergence. Tolkien and the fantasy genre have seen an upsurge in post-socialist Central Europe as well, yet while the fandom is increasing, the scholarly study of Tolkien’s Central European legacy has lagged behind, with fantasy still being considered a niche genre situated on the popular end of the literary scale. This monograph proposes to correct this oversight, re-contextualize concepts and discourses about Tolkien’s reception in the post-socialist Central-European context, and examine the impact of his legacy on the re-positioning of fantasy in Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, and Polish popular culture.

This study would be both a historical investigation of the development of fantasy through national literatures of Central Europe, and a methodological reflection on the metamorphoses that ensure the survival and dissemination of Tolkien’s work.

Successful proposals will address (but are not limited to) the following:

  • the reception of Tolkien’s work in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland (both pre- and post- 1989, but with an emphasis on the contemporary situation)
  • the ways Tolkien’s work has been perceived, disseminated, studied, and most recently, taught at universities in Central Europe
  • translations of Tolkien’s work in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland
  • what the shifting focus of literary scholarship towards popular genres reveals about forms of cultural import from Anglophone contexts between and across media / between and across literary fiction and screen media
  • how fantasy’s world-building helps circulate ideas about racial, political and geographic otherness, domination and equity, and finally, mythological conceptions of good vs. evil, from communist times to the present
  • what is the relationship between discourses of Tolkien’s work and the political, economic and cultural anxieties in post-socialist Central Europe, and what they reveal about the ways we negotiate local cultural legacies in relation to global ones
  • the reflections of Tolkien’s legacy in contemporary Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish fantasy writing (across literary fiction and screen media)
  • how manifestations of historical nostalgia, transmediality, fandom and participatory culture as well as media convergence mobilize Tolkien’s legacy in a Central-European context

Abstracts of 500 words with a brief author bio note (100 words) with ”Tolkien in Central Europe” in the subject line should be sent to the editors: Janka Kascakova at and David Levente Palatinus at The deadline for abstract submission is September 15, 2021. If accepted, the authors will be invited to present their preliminary findings and first versions of their papers at an online/hybrid conference to be held at the Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia in March 2022. The final chapters will be due on 31 May 2022. Please, note, the original papers/proposals can be written in one of the Central European languages (Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Polish) but will have to be translated into English for the monograph. However, we prefer papers in English. The book proposal will be submitted to an established international publishing house. Do get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Important Dates:
Submission of 500-word abstract: 15 September 2021
Decision to authors (abstract): 30 September 2021
Submission of first draft: 15 February 2022 (6000-8000 words)

Online/hybrid conference: mid-March 2022
First review: 30 April 2022
Submission of final papers: 31 May 2022

(posted 15 June 2021)

Journal of Ecohumanism
Journal of Ecohumanism invites contributors to the inaugural issue
Submission Deadline: 30 September 2021
Journal of Ecohumanism aims to open up new possibilities in reconfiguring the multidimensional internship among humans and the more-than-human world by focusing on the structure, mechanics, functionalities, and representations of this internship manifested across ecohumanist and civil contexts. Since Environmental Humanities ample research has looked at variable aspects of ecological citizenship, we have to focus on globalization’s temporality in the rise of Citizen Humanities. In this sense, we are in the midst of constant transformations and evolutionary processes, contributing to the world defining, even perceiving new planetary narrations. In response, the Journal of Ecohumanism develops conversations to consider how challenging conditions shape the concept of citizenship as form, structure, identity, representation and insight, as well as how ecohumanism affects our civil experience of space and time.
Moreover, Journal of Ecohumanism features original research articles, discussion papers and book reviews in a great range of topics covered by critical ecohumanism and citizenship, including but not limited to works informed by cross-cultural and transnational approaches in their intersections with literary theory, cultural studies, cultural criticism, comparative literature, media studies, social studies, religious studies, medical humanities, continental philosophy, and environmental ethics. Τhe journal welcomes research in environmental humanities, ecopoetics,  ecofeminism, ecopsychology, eco-/bio-art, eco-linguistics, matters of Anthropocene or Capitalocene, symbiosis and the era of Symbiocene, citizen humanities and art, semiotics of space and place, urban ecology, smart cities, resilience and sustainability, biopolitics, bioterrorism, pandemic literature and art, posthumanism and related topics about eco-citizenship and the future of Humanities.
All the aforementioned disciplines and research fields change how we understand citizenship by interpreting and translating the complexities of the world that we live in alongside the interplays among humans and the more-than-human world. In conclusion, the Journal of Ecohumanism is open to contributions from around the globe by enriching and promoting the interdisciplinary dialogue between academics, practitioners, policymakers, and students working on different disciplines and encouraging the ecohumanist and citizen narratives in both theory and praxis.
Currently, submissions in English and French, are considered. For all articles, an abstract in English is required. For submissions in French, another abstract in the original language is required.
The Journal follows a strict double-blind review policy embedded in our general publishing ethics and supported by rigorous academic scrutiny of papers published. We invite papers, commentaries, discussion papers and book reviews investigating the ecohumanist and civil narratives in Environmental Humanities, Citizen Humanities, Literary Theory and Cultural Criticism, enabling short research accounts, debates, study cases, book reviews in this interdisciplinary field of Humanities. The Journal seeks to explore issues beyond the “ecocentric-anthropocentric” binary and to examine the changing status of subjectivity, agency, and citizenship today through the complex relations between nature and techno-culture while encouraging a philosophical rethinking of citizenship in a more-than-human world.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Ecocriticism and the Εcological Culture
Environmental Ethics
Eco-/Bio Art
Ecohumanism and Continental Philosophy
Ecohumanism and Posthumanism
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Postcolonial Studies
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Animal Studies
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Media Studies
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Religious Studies
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Disability Studies
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Medical Humanities
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Gender Studies
Ecohumanism and Citizenship and/in Narrative Studies
Citizen Humanities
Citizen Art
Pandemic Literature
Pandemic Art
Semiotics of Space and Place
Urban ecology, Smart cities, Sustainability, Resilience
Anthropocene or Capitalocene
Matters of Symbiosis and the era of Symbiocene
Eco-citizenship and the future of Humanities
All submissions should follow the latest guidelines of APA style referencing. You are welcome to submit full-length papers and discussion papers (5000-6000 words), commentaries and book reviews (1000-2000 words).

Please direct any queries about the journal to (

(posted 15 June 2021)

Words and Music – Rock and Roll Writing
A Book Project
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2021

Frank Zappa (if indeed it was he— words of music have a notorious life of their own) once said that writing about music is ‘like dancing about architecture.’ This infamous quip sounds clever, but how true is it, how valid? Whatever else it does, music also makes us say— or write— things.

This book project aims to embrace all forms of writing which are inspired by rock and roll, and seeks especially to attract discussions of decentred and untypical forms of writing where rock and roll is the focus. While seeking to be inclusive, the editors will especially welcome proposals on the following topics:

  • the rock novel as genre, whether written by novelists or rockers
  • obituaries of rock musicians
  • gender and rock writing
  • rock writing as ‘an action medium that best came to life when the writer was right in the thick of that action.’ (Nick Kent 2010: 149-150)
  • ethnicity in/and rock writing
  • autobiographies and memoirs by musicians, roadies, publicists
  • musicological writing about rock
  • rock writing in the margins/in the run-out grooves
  • oral stories of rock
  • digital writing/social media and rock
  • films, for instance Blinded by the Light which uses rock as a peg to hang the
    story on; spoofs (Spinal Tap, Rutles), rockumentaries (Oasis’s Supernova), fictions (Yesterday): how the image ‘writes’ the music

Scholars, researchers and writers wishing to offer a contribution should provide a title and a brief synopsis (250 words) of their proposed essay, along with a biobiblio (100 words).

Please send submissions by 30 September 2021 to the editors:

Adrian Grafe:
Andrew McKeown:

(posted 3 July 2021)

The essay as a genre
A monographic issue of Odradek
Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2021
One of the features that anyone embarking on the description of the essay as a genre unquestionably has to face is the indeterminacy that is germane to its essence (Obaldia 1995), which is reflected in a desultory and fragmentary style, made up of anecdotes, illuminations, criticisms and suggestions for further reflection (Berardinelli 2008). Ever since its 17th-century origins, the essay has represented a site where it is possible to engage in vehement public oration – often simply unrequired or explicitly opposed – in the manner of the famous “soapbox orators” in Hyde Park (Sanders 1989).
Following T. W. Adorno’s 1958 definition of the essay as a “heretical genre”, we might indeed be tempted to postulate that the essayist’s voice is bestowed on his/her readers at full strength when it engages in a process of systemic critique and current demystifying of dogmas pertaining either to a specific intellectual paradigm or to a historical period at large. Embodied from time to time by medieval Scholasticism, or 18th-century Enlightenment, Victorian moralism, up to 20th-century Totalitarian ideologies, these dogmas sanctioned, by means of their inflexibility, the victory of single memorable essays that have remained, despite their original context of production, aesthetical testimonies capable of resisting the decay of the material situation they originally commented upon (Ozick 1997).
A fierce, free, heretical voice is what allows the essayist to embark on a diffused, polemical questioning of the received doxa, of the conventional idée reçue, of ideological conformity, and it also allows a retrospective recognition of the essay as the prime literary form suitable for criticism, intended as a campaign against banality deriving its strength from an epideictic liveliness embodied by the logic of the vox clamantis in deserto.
Starting from these general considerations, we solicit proposals for contributions we solicit proposals for contributions to a monographic issue of Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics, and New Media Theories proposing general reflections on the form, single-essay analyses, or panoramic views of essayists whose body of work illuminated this ability of voicing the heresy. Among the possible lines of research we wish to underpin:
  • the essay as a vehicle for the critique of  religious dogma;
  • the essay as an instrument for an engaged resistance to Totalitarian regimes;
  • the essay as a tool for novel or irreverent literary criticism;
  • the essay as the scourge of aesthetical and artistic conformism:
  • the essay as criticism of social mores of a specific epoch.
Adorno, T. W. «Il saggio come forma» [1958], Note per la letteratura (Einaudi, 2012).
Atkins, Douglas G., Tracing the Essay: From Experience to Truth (University of Georgia Press, 2005).
Beradinelli, Alfonso, La forma del saggio (Marsilio, 2008).
Cantarutti, Giulia (et al., a cura di), Il saggio. Forme e funzioni di un genere letterario (il Mulino, 2008).
Gallerani, Guido, Pseudo-saggi: (ri)scritture tra critica e letteratura (Morellini, 2019).
Glaudes, Pierre (ed.), L’essai: métamorphoses d’un genre (Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2004).
Good, Graham, The Observing Self : Rediscovering the Essay (Routledge, 1988).
Karshan, Thomas, Murphy, Katryn, (eds.), On Essays: Montaigne to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Klaus, Carl, The Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay, (University of Iowa Press, 2010).
Id. (ed.), Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time (University of Iowa Press, 2012).
Milnes, Tim, The Testimony of Sense: Empiricism and the Essay from Hume to Hazlitt (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Obaldia, Claire de, The Essayistic Spirit: Literature, Modern Criticism and the Essay (Clarendon Press, 1996).
Ozick, Cynthia, “SHE: Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body”, in The Atlantic, September 1998,
Sanders, Scott Russel, “The First Singular Person”, in Alexander Butrym (ed.), Essays on the Essay: Redefining the Genre, (University of Georgia Press, 1989).
Important Dates
  • 30 September, 2021: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • 15 October, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
  • 30 May, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
  • December, 2022: Journal publication.

Paolo Bugliani

(posted 31 July 2021)