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Call for papers for a MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities n. 15.

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities is an electronic open-access journal intended to allow researchers to present initial findings or hypotheses that might, at a later stage, be eligible for publication in established scholarly journals. As such it will be of particular interest to postgraduate researchers, although established scholars are also invited to submit papers.


Distanced, distorted, diminished: the echo represents an imperfect aftermath to communication. Yet it also denotes potential, a widening impact, an afterlife to the spoken (or written) word. With these central preoccupations of (mis)communication, resonance and legacy, the echo has become a recurrent metaphor and critical tool in literary studies. Such concerns hold obvious interest for modern linguists, and in the ever-expanding fields of translation studies and comparative literature. It is hoped that this issue of MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities will evidence the multifaceted meaning of the echo, as well as demonstrating the echoes which resonate between diverse cultures, languages and periods.

We encourage a creative and wide-ranging approach to the idea of the echo, to reflect the rich potential of the term. In T. S. Eliot’s ‘Marina’, the memory of the past is twinned with the echo of the self into the future via the relationship of parent and child. This echoing of the self is also pertinent to Joan W. Scott’s insightful term ‘fantasy echo’, whereby in her analysis women ascribe elements of themselves into the past to create a gendered cross-temporal identification.[1] As a starting point, contributors may wish to engage with such concerns, and with other areas which may include but are not limited to:

  *   Displaced Authorship/ Plurality in Authorial Voice
  *   Memory and Trauma
  *   Intergenerational Legacy
  *   Translation/ Transnationality
  *   Adaptation
  *   Reception Theory and History
  *   Comparative Literature
  *   Cultural Studies / History
  *   Gender Studies
  *   Sociolinguistics
  *   Postcolonialism
  *   Cultural Discourse Studies
  *   Environmental Humanities


We invite proposals covering a range of periods (from the medieval and Early Modern to the twenty-first century) and across different national contexts (including English-, French-, Germanic-, Hispanic-, Italian-, Portuguese-, and Slavonic-speaking cultures). We hope to attract scholars working in a variety of fields (Modern Languages, English Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural History, Film and Media Studies and Digital Humanities, Art History, Performance and Reception History, and others).

We invite proposals for papers of up to 4000 words in MHRA style, with completed essays to be delivered to the editors by 3rd July 2020. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent, accompanied by a short biographical statement on the same page, to by 28th February 2020.

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