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Terrible Beauties: Europe, Conflict and the Imagination in Literature and the Arts

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Deadline: 31 March 2018

A rationale for the collection

Episodes of conflict have often proved to be watersheds in the history of Europe, its states and its peoples. Wars have involved the redrawing of maps and the reconfiguration of identities of smaller as well as larger units – of nations, localities, institutions, and the connecting networks of solidarity and allegiance. Conflict has dictated the rise and fall of states and political regimes, the slaughter and displacement of populations, the destruction of infrastructures; it has also entailed medical and technological progress, and stood at the roots of much social innovation and artistic creativity. Additionally, war has played a central role in the relationship between Europeans and people in other parts of the world, most notably Africa, Asia and the Americas in the long course of modern imperialism. From Agincourt to the Somme, from Balaclava to El Alamein, the history of civilization is inextricable from the history of catastrophe. Indeed, not a few catastrophes have been caused in the name of civilization.

The present peer-reviewed collection aims at considering the consequences that a history of conflict(s) in Europe has had, within imaginative production, for an ongoing refashioning of perceived identities. The volume is intended to showcase and discuss the impact of such processes on literary and artistic representations, with an emphasis on materials from the British Isles but preferably also from a comparatist perspective.

The collection reflects the ongoing concerns of a research group, Relational Forms: Medial and Textual Transits in Ireland and Britain, based at CETAPS (the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies), which has been responsible for a wide gamut of publications, including Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts: Page and Stage, Canvas and Screen, ed. Rui Carvalho Homem (Rodopi: 2012), and English Literature and the Disciplines of Knowledge, Early Modern to Eighteenth Century: A Trade for Light, ed. Jorge Bastos da Silva and Miguel Ramalhete Gomes (Brill-Rodopi: 2017).

Call for contributions

We invite contributions of essays (6000-8000 words) consistent with the volume rationale outlined above. Suggested (merely indicative) topics include:

       European wars in literature and the arts

       rout and road: narratives of disaster and displacement

       heroism, patriotism, faith, adventure, trauma

       poetry and battlefields, self and community

       reviewing the massacre: verbal and visual reenactments of war scenarios

       conflict, identity, translation: representations across media / across languages

       drama, war and Europe: “a nation thinking in public...”

       shooting Europe: film, war and memory

       war after peace, peace after war

Prospective contributors should send an extended abstract (250-300 words) to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 March 2018. Contributors will be notified of the editors’ decision before 30 April 2018. The collection is due to be published by a global publisher in 2019.