Call for Monographs

May 20, 2017

Call for Monographs

The recent debate on the theory of lyric in the United States (The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology, edited by Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins, 2014; Culler’s Theory of the Lyric, 2015) and Germany (Theories of Lyric, in «Journal of Literary Theory», XI, 1, 2017) raised new questions about our ideas and perceptions of lyric, especially within the so called ‘World Literature’. The new Monograph Series of Mosaici. Online Learned Journal of Italian Poetry aims to publish, in electronic form, short monographs (between 40,000-60,000 words) that investigate 20th century Italian poetry through interdisciplinary methodologies. For this call, the Mosaici Team will be looking for works that explore the poetics of Italian  Contemporary Literature, with a strong focus on close reading and critical theory; these works should explore the cross-disciplinary dialogue around 20th century Italian poetry and its possible influences on other areas of knowledge, as well as to trace the network of mutual influences that 20th century Italian poetry created with other European contemporary poetic traditions. Special attentions will be devoted to works that focus on Italian modernist poetics, a topic that so far has not received enough attention within the debate on Italian modernism.

The manuscripts to be proposed must be written in either Italian or English. They will be read and commented on by at least two expert members of the Monograph Series Editing Board, and/or (if necessary) one external scholar expert in the field of research that the proposed monograph discusses. Manuscripts on any aspect of Italian poetry, which should be edited following the MHRA Style Sheet, can be submitted by following the Submit Link or sent directly to the section directors.

Authors wishing to discuss a proposal informally in the first instance, may contact the relevant section directors,

Professor Gianni Turchetta (, Dr. Alberto Comparini (

or Dr Rossella Riccobono (

In order for the monographs to be published by December 2018, the authors must submit a 1000-word book proposal by the end of September 2017 and if selected, the full manuscript by end of April 2018.

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