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English Academy Review: A Journal of English Studies

For a Special Issue on
SPACES of the SACRED: Mapping Literary Mysticism

Abstract deadline
07 October 2022

Manuscript deadline
30 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Rosanna Masiola, Libero, Italy
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Renato Tomei, University for Foreigners, Perugia, Italy
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SPACES of the SACRED: Mapping Literary Mysticism

The English Academy Review – A Journal of English Studies

Special Issue: 40 (1): May 2023

Edited by Rosanna Masiola and Renato Tomei

 Aim of the Special Issue:

The Special Issue ‘SPACES of the SACRED: Mapping Literary Mysticism’ is aimed to map literary mysticism and spiritual literature in its multifaceted aspects. This call intends to bring together contributions on the poetics of sacred spaces and shrines, literary spirituality, narrative topophilia, and places of devotion. It addresses themes and topics grounded in a defined spatial perspective against globalisation, countering the effects of material and cultural homogenization, and resisting the current tendency to the domestication and destruction of literary sacred spaces and places of the spirit.

 Critical Questions

This challenging call raises crucial issues questioning and problematizing the need for literary sacred places and spiritual places in poetics and narrative. More specifically:

  • What makes a space sacred? And why a space becomes a spiritual place and devotional site?
  • What happens under the impact of destructive violence, profanation, and de-sacralization?
  • How can it be preserved and re-sacralized and re-created in exile?
  • Up to what point can memory, resistance, and diaspora literature reconstruct and re-locate this spirituality?
  • Are there conflicting tensions between mystic memory and the sense of loss through domestication, manipulation, and the hegemony of globalisation? Is there still space for mystic literature?
  • Can we detect the underground veins of mysticism in literature?

 Topics

We invite the submission of abstracts on original and unpublished studies including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • (Post)-colonial literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Mystic narrative and poetics
  • Diaspora and slavery studies (pilgrimage, exodus, migration)
  • Travel Literature and Narrative (exploration)
  • Eco-literature and heritage tourism
  • Human geography (charting, mapping, exploration)
  • Metropolitan literature- (cityscapes, ghettoes, yards)
  • Film and (multi)media studies (cinematic and stage adaptation)
  • Language, Translation, and Lexicography
  • Imagery, Iconography, and the Sublime (verbal and visual)
  • Holocaust, apartheid, genocide, and extermination

Submission Instructions

The abstract (200 words), n.5 keywords and a short bio of the contributor (50 words) should be sent to [email protected] and [email protected] by 7 October 2022.

If the abstract is accepted, the contributor will be required to submit the final text (5000 to 6000 words, all in) by 30 December 2022.

Paper should be MS word compatible and typeset in Times New Roman 12 point and double spaced and conform with the EAR style Guide (Chicago 7th ed.) Maximum 5000 words.

Instructions for Authors

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