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*With apologies for crossposting* Peter Lang Oxford is delighted to announce the 2018 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Comparative Literature.

Proposals are invited from early career scholars ­in Comparative Literature for academic monographs to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial board. The winner of the competition will receive a contract to publish the volume with Peter Lang.

Proposals for the Comparative Literature competition should be submitted to Laurel Plapp ( by 31 July 2018 and include an abstract (including chapter synopses), CV and a sample chapter (5,000 to 10,000 words in length) in separate Microsoft Word documents.
Proposals are welcome from scholars working on any aspect of Comparative Literature or World Literature and must be written in English. Research that fits within the scope of the Peter Lang book series New Comparative Criticism is especially encouraged (please see below and on the series webpage: Proposals under review elsewhere should not be submitted.
The winner will be offered a contract for a non-subsidised book to be published within six months of receipt of the complete and approved manuscript. Planned manuscripts should be 60,000 to 100,000 words in length. Authors will be expected to copy-edit the manuscript in accordance with the style guidelines provided.

Applicants should be early career scholars who have been awarded a PhD between 2013 and 2018 or expect to be awarded a PhD in 2019.
Decisions will be made by 1 December 2018 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.
For general information about the competition, please contact Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU. E-mail: Tel: 01865 514160.

New Comparative Criticism
Series Editor: Florian Mussgnug, University College London

New Comparative Criticism is dedicated to innovative research in literary and cultural studies. It invites contributions with a comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary focus, including comparative studies of themes, genres, and periods, and research in the following fields: literary and cultural theory; material and visual cultures; reception studies; cultural history; comparative gender studies and performance studies; diasporas and migration studies; transmediality. The series is especially interested in research that articulates and examines new developments in comparative literature, in the English-speaking world and beyond. It seeks to advance methodological reflection on comparative literature, and aims to encourage critical dialogue between scholars of comparative literature at an international level.

Previous Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition Winners

Zélie Asava, The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities in Irish Film and Television (ISBN 978-3-0343-0839-7). Available from (Winner in Irish Studies, 2011)

Marina Avelar, Giving with an Agenda: How New Philanthropy Advocates for the Corporate Reform of Education (ISBN 978-1-78707-688-4). Forthcoming 2019. (Winner in Education Studies, 2016)

Prafulla Basumatary, Verbal Semantics in a Tibeto-Burman Language (ISBN 978-1-78707-339-5). Available from (Winner in Linguistics, 2016)
Alberica Bazzoni, Writing for Freedom: Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative (ISBN 978-3-0343-2242-3). Available from (Winner in Women’s Studies, 2015)
Paula Blair, Old Borders, New Technologies: Reframing Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland (ISBN 978-3-0343-0945-5). Available from 45184. (Winner in Film Studies, 2012)
Mercedes del Campo, Alternative Ulsters: Troubles Short Fiction by Women Writers, 1968–1998 (ISBN 978-1-78874-330-3). Forthcoming 2020. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2017)

Ruth Kitchen, A Legacy of Shame: French Narratives of War and Occupation (ISBN 978-3-0343-0856-4). Available from (Winner in French Studies, 2011)

Katya Krylova, Walking Through History: Topography and Identity in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard (ISBN 978-3-0343-0845-8). Available from (Winner in German Studies, 2011)

Samuel Merrill, Networking Remembrance: Excavating Buried Memories in the Railways beneath London and Berlin (ISBN 978-3-0343-1919-5). Available from (Winner in Memory Studies, 2014)

Michèle Milan, Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Study of Franco-Irish Translation Relationships (ISBN978-1-906165-65-9). Forthcoming 2019. (Winner in Irish Studies, 2015)

Maria Morelli, Queer(ing) Gender in Contemporary Italian Women’s Writing: Maraini, Sapienza, Morante (ISBN 978-1-78874-175-0). Forthcoming 2018. (Joint Winner in Modern Italian Studies, 2017)

Frances Mossop, Mapping Berlin: Representations of Space in the Weimar Feuilleton (ISBN 978-3-0343-1834-1). Available from (Winner in German Studies, 2013)

Clare Stainthorp,Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet (ISBN 978-1-78874-147-7). Forthcoming 2018. (Winner in Nineteenth-Century Studies, 2017)

Whitney Standlee, ‘Power to Observe’: Irish Women Novelists in Britain, 1890–1916 (ISBN 978-3-0343-1837-2). Available from (Winner in Irish Studies, 2013)

Nina Valbousquet, Rome, Zion, and the Fasces: Italian Catholics and Antisemitism in Europe (1918–1946) ISBN 978-1-78874-190-3. Forthcoming 2019. (Joint Winner in Modern Italian Studies, 2017)

The 8th Congress of the European Society of Comparative Literature will take place in Lille from 28th-31st August 2019: “Literature, cultural exchanges and transmission: knowledge and creation between past and future”

Forthcoming Congress

Organizers: Fiona McIntosh-Varjabédian and Karl Zieger

The deadline for abstracts of individual papers and panels has been extended until 22 July, but please let the organizers know by 30 June if you intend to submit a proposal either for a panel or an individual paper.

N.B. The co-panellists are chosen by the head of the panel. It is not necessary at this stage to give the exact identity of the co-panellists. However, please tell the organizers how many sessions you need (one, two, or three sessions of two hours).

Please send your expression of interest / proposals to : and

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 John Dryden Translation Competition, run in conjunction with the British Centre for Literary Translation:

The winners of the John Dryden Translation Competition for 2017-18 have been announced. The jury has evaluated translations from a range of languages into English and awarded the following:

First prize:
Colin Bramwell and Wen-Chi Li for Selections from the poetry of Yang Mu from the Chinese of Yang Mu’s (出發)給名名的十四行詩.

Second prize:
Adam Sorkin and Diana Manolefor (Selections) from the Romanian of Emilian Galaicu-Păun’s

Third prize:
Kseniia Vitalievna Bogdanova for The Legend of Larra of the Staff from the Russian of Maxim Gorky’s Легенда о Ларре.

Paul Melo e Castro for Raw Muscle from the Portuguese of Rubem Fonseca’s (A Força Humana.)

The following entries were also shortlisted for the prize:

Lindy Falk van Rooyen for Up Close & Distant (excerpt) from the Danish of Dorrit Willumsen’s Nær og fjern.

Laura Shanahan for The End of the Set Phrases (and of Sally Moore’s Life) from the Italian of Viola di Grado’s La fine delle frasi fatte (e della vita di Sally Moore).

Matthew Hyde for Hanuman’s Journey to Lolland (excerpt) from the Russian of Andrei Ivanov’s Путешествие Ханумана на Лолланд.

Bella Bosworth for Letters from Mamá from the Spanish of Julio Cortázar’s Cartas de mamá.

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition.

Call for Papers: (De)Constructing Masculinity: Manifestations of Maleness, Male Sexuality and the Male Body in Greco-Roman Antiquity Date: 2nd November 2018, King’s College London

Keynote Speaker: Professor Helen King (Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Open University).

(De)Constructing Masculinity is a one-day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of masculinity in the Greco-Roman world, generously funded and supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).

What did it mean to be a man in the ancient world? And what did it mean for an individual to fall short of the criteria for manliness?

These questions will form the foundation of (De)Constructing Masculinity as it seeks to explore various constructions of masculinity in ancient Greco-Roman literature and the ways in which hegemonic masculinity is challenged or affirmed by these gender expressions. (De)Constructing Masculinity is also firmly intended as an interdisciplinary conference with the aim of encouraging conversations between researchers in the fields of Classics, Comparative Literature and Theology given the wealth of materials that these disciplines share.

We welcome abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers by postgraduate students and early career researchers. All abstracts must be sent in PDF format to no later than 30th June 2018 (EOD). All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by 14th July 2018. We will also accept proposals for complete panels of up to 3 papers. Suggested themes for both panels and individual papers include, but are by no means limited to:

– Performing masculinity and male sexuality in and through ancient literature
– Literary representations of problematic male bodies
– Subversive representations of male archetypes, e.g. soldier, statesman, citizen, athlete, father, religious leader etc.
– Male authorship and the dynamics of gendered canonisation in literary traditions
– Political loss and its effect upon collective and individual notions of masculinity
– The appropriation of female imagery and language by male writers
– Women performing masculinity in and through ancient literature
– The implications of literary manifestations of gender androgyny
– The role of men and masculine status in the New Testament and other early Christian writings
– Comparative analysis of any of the above themes within Greco-Roman and early Christian literature.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the conference team at For further information about the conference and about registering your interest in attending, please see our website at (De)Constructing Masculinity Conference