CFP: Romanticism and Contemporary Literary Theory

Rebecca Shen's picture
Call for Papers
October 15, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Literature, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies, Philosophy

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a forthcoming special issue of the journal Humanities focused on “Romanticism and Contemporary Literary Theory.” As Brian McGrath has noted, new literary theoretical ideas are often articulated for the first time in relation to Romantic-period texts. This may be because Romantic-period authors, like literary theorists today, returned repeatedly to fundamental questions about relationships between expression and self-becoming, the environment and human flourishing, progress and the persistence of the past. It may be because so many of the ideas about education, perception, and community that still influence us found their first expression in English between the 1780s and 1830s. This special issue will showcase the diversity of theoretical advances being made from within Romanticism right now. Proposals are welcome to showcase any contemporary literary-theoretical perspective. Papers should document recent contributions within the field of Romanticism related to that theoretical perspective as well as contributing new insights about specific Romantic-period texts. Preference will be given to novel perspectives on frequently taught texts in order to make the issue a valuable reference for teaching as well as research. Proposals for the following contemporary theoretical perspectives are invited, in particular, but scholars are very welcome to submit other perspectives also.

Romanticism and:

ecocriticism, phenomenology, trauma, post-secularity, disability studies, post-colonial studies, post-critique, psychoanalysis, gender studies, historicisms, formalisms, memory studies, and statelessness

Abstracts of 300 words due by October 15th 2018.

Notification of acceptance by November 5th 2018.

Please send proposals to:

Prof. Dr. Cassandra Falke
Guest Editor


Manuscript Submission Information


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  • romanticism
  • literary theory
Contact Info: 

Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Cassandra Falke; assitant editor: Rebecca Shen