IStReS – Iberian Studies Reference Site

IStReS aims at offering different tools of reference to scholars working in the field of Iberian Studies:

  • A database that collects and systematizes a comprehensive, relational bibliography of publications produced in the last two decades in multiple languages —including every Iberian language— that deal with the polycentric relationships between the different cultures and literatures of the Peninsula throughout history;
  • A Who is who section, destined to highlight the most relevant scholars and their contribution to the field;
  • A News section that provides updated information related to the field of Iberian Studies such as conferences, symposia, calls for papers, recent publications, etc.
  • This project is partially funded by the Exploratory Project “Digital Map of Iberian Literary Relations” (1870-1930) [IF/00838/2014] of the Foundation for Science and Techonolgy [FCT], and by Boston College (Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences).

    The Problems of Literary Genres

    In 2018 “The Problems of Literary Genres” is going to publish four volumes (3 of them concerning a selected theme):

    1) – general genre issue with no specific dominant subject
    Submissions to: 2018-01-31

    2) culture of narcissism/exhibitionism
    Exemplary topics: confession (genre) and its alternations in the participatory culture; the generality of authorship (self-publishing, social media, blogs, vlogs, etc.); autobiography and its boundaries; the magnitude of PR and marketing; publishing strategies and their role in reception, criticism and “vitality” of texts.
    Submissions to: 2018-03-31

    3) engaged culture/culture in danger
    Exemplary topics: roles of culture and literature, but also journalism, in shaping social relations in the age of bottom-up social movements; engaged culture; engaging processes in culture; ideology in literature; (geo) policy, civic journalism, rhetoric and ideological engagement, new journalism; discourse of power; critical potential of genres such as parody or pastiche, but also novels or engagement poetry.
    Submissions to: 2018-05-31

    4) monstrous culture/ monsters in culture
    Exemplary topics: the Gothic convention and its newest incarnations; the evolution of gothic figures of monstrosity and monstrous bodies – appropriated and appropriated bodies; Gothicism and gender and sexuality; transformation / hybridization of the Gothic genre; Gothic convention in such categories as repulsion, nostalgia, transgression; Gothic narratives – innovations and repetitions; relations between Gothicism and current socio-political context; the impact of the Gothic convention on the rhetoric of political debate; Gothic issues on the meta-level; cultural circularity of the Gothic themed media – fandoms, social media, specialist magazines.
    Submissions to: 2018-08-31