AIMS AND SCOPE
Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture publishes thematic issues focused on interdisciplinary critical debates about diverse phenomena in modern and contemporary literatures and cultures, from major movements and genres to the problems of cultural history, identity and communication, text, intertextuality, performativity and reception. Major methodologies range from Structuralism, Post-structuralism and New Historicism to Gender, Postcolonial and Appropriation Studies. An important objective of the journal is to stimulate and develop multi- and transdisciplinary cooperation within and among research projects and networks world-wide.
Litteraria Pragensia welcomes proposals of thematic issues including:
a title and a brief description of the theme(s) and scope of the issue
the names and bio-notes of the editor(s) and contributors with the tentative titles and abstracts of individual articles
an estimated range of the issue (typically 8 articles and editorial introduction; 45-60,000 words)
Reviews of academic books in the above areas are also welcome.
Individual articles outside thematic issues are published only provided that they are of exceptional importance and standard, and that the range of a given thematic issue allows it.
The journal emerged from the discussions about the directions in comparative literature, cultural studies and critical theory after the fall of the Iron Curtain. An important predecessor was the Časopis pro moderní filologii (Journal for Modern Philology), a major publication venue of the Prague Structuralist School (Prague Linguistic Circle) in the 1920s and 1930s. The principal aim of the new journal has been to establish and develop links between the legacy of Prague Structuralism and current poststructuralist trends.
The first issue, “The Variety of Historicisms”, was published in cooperation with scholars from the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) at Irvine and the University of California at Berkeley. A full list of topics discussed in the 25+ years of the journal’s existence is available under the ARCHIVE tab above.
Our distinguished contributors have included Neil Ascherson, Aleida Assmann, Susan Bassnett, Sacvan Bercovitch, Christoph Bode, Rui Carvalho Homem, Natalie Zemon Davis, Augusto de Campos, David Duff, S.E. Gontarski, Stephen Greenblatt, Nicholas Grene, Ton Hoenselaars, Steve McCaffery, Jerome McGann, Tom Nairn, Michael Neill, Marjorie Perloff, Murray Pittock, Marc Porée, Annie Proulx, Alain Vaillant, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, and Timothy Webb.