Saturday, July 10, 2010

Textus CFP

Dear Friends,

The journal Textus -- the official publication of the Italian
Association for English Studies -- will devote its 2011 literature
issue to *Between Italy and the British Isles – dialogue and
confrontation from the dawn of vernacular literatures to the Act of

*If you are interested, please see the complete call for papers below.



*/Textus/** XXIV/3 (Sep.-Dec.) – 2011*

*Literature issue

*Between Italy and the British Isles – dialogue and confrontation
from the dawn of vernacular literatures to the Act of Supremacy*

Editor: Alessandra Petrina (Università degli Studi di Padova)

Co-editor: John Law (Swansea University)

Call for Papers: 5 June 2010

Deadline for abstracts: 15 July 2010

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1 August 2010

Final version to the editors: 15 December 2010

Edited version to the publisher: 1 September 2011

This issue of /Textus/ focuses on Anglo-Italian relations, exploring
connections, analogies and exchanges in late medieval and early
modern history and literature in English.

In the transition between late medieval Latin and the dawn of
vernacular literatures, the literary map of Europe shows a number of
convergences, facilitated and made relevant by the development of
translation among the various vernaculars. Historical and political
events, together with the geographic collocation of the various
cultural communities, as well as linguistic variants, determine
cultural and literary influences. As recently noted by Alastair
Minnis, the concept of “vernacular” goes beyond language to
embrace literary traditions, the formation of the canon, cultural
history and the transformation of ideologies.

In this context, the study of the relation between Italian culture
and literatures in Middle and Modern English (including Scottish,
Welsh and Irish variants) has long been an object of critical debate.
Single, extremely significant Italian authors, above all Dante and
Petrarca, have been studied for the role they have played on the
formation of the English canon, and for their influence on major and
minor writers; and the relation between Italian literature and local
vernaculars associated with English (from Middle Scots to Irish) has
been investigated. Italian humanism has been a term of reference for
the study of contemporary and later literature in English. The events
associated with the Reformation have deeply marked the history of
Anglo-.Italian relations, and the vagaries of the circulation of
books and ideas.

Possible aspects that might be taken into consideration include
(though they are by no means limited to) the following:

- Italian culture and the development of the English canon

- Italophobia and Italophilia

- Observing Italy from outside

- Petrarch before Petrarchism

- Travelling topoi: images and concepts crossing geographical borders

- Italian humanism: a changing interpretation

- Translating and appropriating

- Universities: the network of international exchanges


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