Le Simplegadi 2019 (deadline 31 May 2019): Narrating Empathy:

Call 2019

Issue no. 19 of Le Simplegadi

Narrating Empathy:

Story-Telling and Equitable Inter-Connections in Languages and Literatures

Issue no. 19 explores story-telling and literary texts as representations of reciprocal and caring relationships through which social division and exclusion are effectively transcended and equitable inter-connections are fostered. In times where individuals are influenced to avoid expressions of empathy and mutual understanding towards out-groups such as marginalized women, minorities, immigrants and the poor, literary works play a crucial role in valuing the dignity of life and of every human being beyond narrow nationalisms, authoritarian structures and patriarchal domination. To create new empathetic and caring inter-connections we need, as Riane Eisler highlights, “stories and beliefs that do not idealize, normalize, or eroticize domination and violence but rather promote equal linking amongst human beings based on the power to nurture, to support, to create and to accomplish things together.”

We therefore welcome submissions focusing on the following areas of interest:

– the role of story-telling in fostering a culture of peace as a creative model for socio-cultural transformation;

– the language of empathy and the representation of equitable relationships in films, media and social media;

– empathetic narratives in Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary Literatures and Languages;

– empathy and equitable inter-connections in social relationships and inter-cultural representations.

Contributions should conform to any of the four main sections of the journal: Poetics, Articles, Book Reviews and Interviews. Le Simplegadi follows a multilingual policy and promotes linguistic and pluricultural diversity; contributions in languages other than English are therefore welcome.

Submissions must conform to the guidelines that can be found on the journal’s website, section Notes for Contributors.

Only contributions that are in line with the guidelines and which arrive before the deadline will go through the peer review process. Authors must submit an abstract in the language of the article and in English (maximum 200 words).

To facilitate the reviewing process, submit articles in RTF format to: simplegadi@uniud.it

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover message including postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and a brief biographical statement.

The deadline for submissions is 31st May 2019