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Call for papers for European Journal of English Studies 2023

Date of news: 26 August 2021

Frederik Van Dam, Chris Louttit and Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork) are the guest editors for an issue of the European Journal of English Studies, that will be published in 2023. The topic of this issue is Interstitial Spaces in the Long Nineteenth Century.

In the course of the past two decades, the field of English Studies has witnessed a return to a focus on space, both as a critical methodology and as a subject worthy of renewed attention. On the one hand, scholars draw inspiration from adjacent fields such as cultural geography and media archaeology to examine the circulation of literature and the arts in local and global contexts. Opportunities offered by digital tools play an important role in such endeavours. On the other hand, scholars rely on the foundational work of Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, and Gaston Bachelard to find new ways of mapping out the representation of space and place in English literature. In this regard, the critical gaze has honed in on overlaps, intersections, and contact zones.

Spatial turn

This subject will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the European Journal of English Studies, which which will be edited by Frederik van Dam, Chris Louttit and Joanna Hofer-Robinson (University College Cork). This issue aims to push established scholarship on the ‘spatial turn’ in new directions through an examination of interstitial spaces. While contributions on literary and cultural texts from any historical period are encouraged, the editors will particularly welcome proposals that deal with the long nineteenth century.  

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words and a short biographical blurb (up to 100 words) should be sent by 30 November 2021. 
You can find the CFP here and on the ESSE website.