Call for Papers: Medieval Literature and the Trans-National (journal)

Call for Papers: Medieval Literature and the Trans-National (journal)

Literature Compass invites contributions for a special issue on transnationalism in medieval literature.

The period from c. 500 to c. 1500CE can be characterized by fluidity of borders and identities. While a town or individual might have belonged to a particular religious group or political division, such identities were highly variable, in an era before the nation state. Conversion and conquest not only altered the way people and places were named, they facilitated the exchange of ideas, technologies, and cultures. Building from the recent critical turn to transnationalism, this volume of Literature Compass explores the ways that texts created new identities, either by sharing literary or linguistic traditions, or through (re)casting stories to make new boundaries appear to be old. How far do premodern cultures of interconnectivity and exchange respond to the idea of the 'trans-national'? And how has modern scholarship understood, or misunderstood, medieval transnationalism through monoglot or nationalistic critical positions? Trans-national culture is often see as a symptom of modern capitalism - how far can medieval culture modify, or contribute to, this understanding?

Inquiries and Proposals should be sent to both editors of the special issue by: January 1, 2016 (later inquiries are acceptable provided the article submission deadline will be honored)

Article submissions by: March 15, 2016

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Editors: Anthony Bale ( and Lynn Ramey (