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WHAT

Call for papers for a special journal issue on in the 1968 period.

TOPICS

Proposals are invited for articles in English of up to 6000 words on the subject of Italian cultural magazines, periodicals, or reviews in the 1950s-70s that responded to protest and change. The special journal issue will comprise articles on reviews from a range of language areas, including French, German, Romanian, and English.

Recent research (such as Gildea, Mark and Warring, eds, ‘Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt’ (OUP, 2013)) has demonstrated that ‘1968’, far from being a primarily Parisian event, or even constituting a shorthand for anti-authoritarian protests in some Western countries that year, was a widespread, transnational group of phenomena that took different forms in various geographical locations, and whose repercussions are still being felt and interpreted today.

Print culture was central to the expression and exchange of views before, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the political upheavals of the late 1960s. Less studied in that respect than journals devoted to politics or theory, literary and cultural periodicals published responses by writers to their environment that contributed to protest and reaction through their rapid publication times and the role of journals in generating exchange and leading literary developments. Even when articles did not directly address political questions, the prevailing culture of some reviews developed in new directions in the subsequent months and years.

APPLICATION

Please direct any questions to Emma Wagstaff: e.r.wagstaff@bham.ac.uk. The deadline for proposals of 300 words, to be sent to the same address, is 30 November 2020. Accepted articles will have the later deadline of December 2021.


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