Category Archives: Calls for Papers, Articles, Translations


The British Comparative Literature Association offers an annual prize for an essay written in English on any aspect of comparative literature, in memory of Arthur Terry (1927–2004), who served as President of the BCLA for many years. The aim of the Prize is to recognise work of outstanding merit at Master’s level. There are three prizes of £100, £50,and £30 and the winning entrants are also given one-year free BCLA membership.

The deadline for application is 12 noon on Friday 7 September 2018. The judges are members of the Association’s Executive Committee. The prizes will be awarded at the BCLA Postgraduate General Meeting in November 2018. Winning entries are also eligible for publication in full on the website.

CALL FOR PAPERS Special issue of Translation and Literature  ‘Literary Back-Translations’


Special issue of Translation and Literature

‘Literary Back-Translations’,

Edited by Véronique Lane, Lancaster University

Over time, some translations of literary works are returned to their original languages. For example, Antonin Artaud’s 1931 French translation of Matthew Gregory Lewis’ gothic novel The Monk was back-translated into English in 2003. Such back-translations challenge the assumption that an original can only be superior to its translation and raise questions about what an ‘original’ actually is. They also resist generic classification: should we consider them as ‘adaptations’, ‘versions’, ‘refractions’, or literary works in their own right? By asking these and other questions, this special issue of Translation and Literature on ‘literary back-translations’ responds to the call of several scholars, such as André Lefevere, Katja Krebs, and Laurence Raw, for new approaches drawing on both adaptation and translation studies, rather than conceiving them as autonomous and competing disciplines.

Contributors are invited to reflect on translation as a creative process as well as a cultural product, and to consider the phenomenon of back-translation, in terms not limited to but including: ideology (such as back-translations motivated by feminist or postcolonial agendas), creativity (back-translations spotlighting the notion of authorship), or material history (back-translations restoring lost texts for their original audiences). Either the source or the target language of the translations discussed will be English; studies of literary texts translated from or back into any modern language are welcome.

Abstracts (c.250 words) and a paragraph-long biography
(for information not publication) are invited by 15 November 2018.
Please submit to
Complete essays (c.7,500 words) will be required by 15 November 2019.

*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