NIS Call for Papers

Volume XXXV (2013)

Special Issue: New Perspectives on Veneto. Literary and Cultural Itineraries.

From the Ritmo Bellunese and Fra Enselmino’s poem El pianto de la verzene Maria to the contemporary works of Zanzotto and Meneghello, the language, history, and culture of the Veneto have had a significant and far-reaching impact on how the Italian nation is conceived (and perceived) artistically both nationally and abroad. Volume XXXV of NEMLA ITALIAN STUDIES is a special issue dedicated to the Veneto and aims to provide a forum for the academic investigation of this region’s role and significance in Italian culture. For this volume, the editors are seeking original, innovative research on works of literature, theater, and cinema from any chronological period that incorporate the elaboration of elements from the Veneto culture or confront issues pertaining to the reality of Veneto today.

Possible topics include but are not limited to: What is Veneto, Venetian identity, literature and women, cinema, transnational culture, Venetian theater, literature in dialect, and visual representations of Venetian culture, society, and history.

Submissions can be authored in English or Italian. Authors must comply with MLA standards for citation and documentation of sources.

Interested authors should contact the editors by e-mail:

Giovanni Spani
The College of the Holy Cross (gspani@holycross.edu)

Simona Wright
The College of New Jersey (simona@tcnj.edu)

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than May 31st, 2012.

Volume XXXVI (2014)

Special Issue: Italy in WWII and the Transition to Democracy: Memory, Fiction, Histories

After more than 60 years, the historical and cultural debate about the crucial years of 1943-1948 in Italy still divides the country and provides the basis to redefine Italian identity. From the fall of the Fascist Regime after the resounding defeat of Italy in WWII to the ensuing occupation by the Nazi and the Allies, from the struggle for Liberation to the proclamation of the Republic, the events occurring in those years represent the ground of countering political and ideological narratives even today.

Through a multidisciplinary perspective, volume XXXVI of Nemla Italian Studies searches for contributions investigating the different representations of this complex scenario. Papers on literature, film, visual arts, critical analysis, private testimony and memory are welcome. The volume aims at rethinking the cultural and artistic production of the period, as well as at illuminating the role of the intellectuals in forging shared memories and historical narratives.

Submissions can be authored in English or Italian. Authors must comply with MLA standards for citation and documentation of sources.

Interested authors should contact the editors by e-mail:

Franco Baldasso
New York University (fb591@nyu.edu)

Simona Wright
The College of New Jersey (simona@tcnj.edu)

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than March 1st, 2013.

NeMLA Italian Studies - 2014

Special Issue: The Jewish Experience in Contemporary Italy

Even before his untimely passing in 1987, Primo Levi’s contributions to the Italophone literary panorama inspired a significant amount of critical responses. One could argue that his name has become synonymous with contemporary representations of the Italian Jewry, including (but not limited to) artistic reflections of World War II and the Shoah. This volume aims to highlight new or underexplored approaches to the study of the Italkim, but also to properly contextualize and further the extant critical discourse on Italian-speaking, foreign-born authors such as Edith Bruck and Giorgio Pressburger who (among others) have had an undeniable impact on how Italian and European audiences perceive the modern Jewish experience. Contributions will be informed by the most recent scholarship on the subject (Gordon, Salah, Rothberg, Quercioli-Mincer, Serkowska, Speelman, Minuz, Marcus, Sodi, Perra and many others) and will endeavor to move beyond the barriers that all too often have helped create a compartmentalized scholarly inquiry with respect to Jewish artists operating in Italy. Essays exploring the literary and cinematic representations of the Italophone Jewish experience will constitute the principal focus of this issue. Submissions addressing unstudied/understudied artists and themes are especially welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Male and Female Jewish Identities, Migration, Transationalism and Translingualism, the Shoah, World War II and Fascism, Cinema, Theater.

Submissions can be authored in English or Italian. Authors must comply with MLA standards for citation and documentation of sources.

Articles may not exceed 10,000 words. Book reviews should not exceed 1,200 words.

Editorial communications should be addressed to the editors, preferably via e-mail, or mailed to Simona Wright, Dept. of Modern Languages, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, NJ 08628-0718. Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word for PC). Attachments should be marked with the last name of the contributor, followed by the name/subject of the paper (Dunne/Boccaccio — Dunne/Postmodern). All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter/message that includes the author’s relevant affiliations, a U.S. or international postal address, and an e-mail address. Contributors need to submit, in order, their name and work affiliation at the end of the article. NeMLA Italian Studies has a blind reader policy and the editorial staff will erase the personal information from the copy sent for evaluation to each of the readers.

NeMLA membership is not required to submit to NIS; however, membership is required for publication.

Interested authors should contact the editors by e-mail.

Philip Balma
University of Connecticut (philip.balma@uconn.edu)

Simona Wright
The College of New Jersey (simona@tcnj.edu)

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than March 1, 2014.