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World Literature Studies 2/2022: World Literature from the Perspective of “Small” Literatures

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Miloš Zelenka

Over the past few decades, world literature has been conceived of as a canon or a system which texts enter through the “large” literatures written in hegemonic languages such as English. Texts from smaller literatures have to fulfill something extra in order to achieve the status of world literature. This concept presents world literature as a correlate of political and economic power. The current issue presents studies reflecting on the relation of ”small” literatures to world literature, while also raising epistemological and ethical questions.

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World Literature Studies 1/2022: Translation and creativity

WLS1_2022_obalka_orezova linka1This issue takes creativity and translation as its two core topics. The contributions position themselves to these themes in various ways, ranging from addressing creativity in translation on the theoretical level, through the employment of methodologies creatively appropriated from other disciplines and applied to hybrid objects of study, to the inquiries into interactions between humans and technologies and persisting hierarchies of power. The composition of the volume, addressing such topics as dance, troubadour poetry, neural networks or queer perspectives in translation studies, encourages the reader to embrace the cross-pollination of research objects and methodologies.

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World Literature Studies 2/2021: The Location of Utopia

WLS2_2021_obalka_vyrezEditors: Péter Hajdu and Róbert Gáfrik

The geographical and temporal orientation of European and non-European utopias seem to differ in many politico-cultural aspects. The articles collected in this issue demonstrate that national and cultural determination can still be perceived, and they confirm the attention paid to the issues of nationalism, colonialism, or religious imperialism in utopia studies. Moreover, some of the authors show that an interplay between the culture of origin and the local/cultural otherness of the imagined elsewhere allows for an imagological approach to utopias.

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World Literature Studies 1/2021: Posthuman Topics in Literature and Other Arts

WLS1_2021_obalka vyrezEditor: Bogumiła Suwara

Since its emergence as a genre, science fiction has dealt with the concept of human transformation. In various narratives describing the encounter of people with posthumans or aliens, human stereotypes, human nature and the humanistic paradigm itself are exposed to the challenge and critical reflection which posthumanism has introduced and developed within the contemporary humanities. The articles in this issue are focused on identifying transhuman and posthuman themes and motifs in both literary and artistic forms of science fiction (including bioart, film and television series) from a posthumanist perspective.

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World Literature Studies 3/2020: The Language of Transcendent Experience in Phenomenological Literary Interpretation

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Editors: Magda Kučerková, Martin Vašek
This issue is thematically focused on the language of transcendent experience, especially the category of inexpressibility, as it has been captured in the history of European literature by texts with artistic or aesthetic value. The individual studies, in the form of literary interpretation or philosophical reflection, seek to examine the balance between the transcendental experience and the words that capture it. The intellectual impulse behind this reflection, anchored in the dialogue of literary science and phenomenology, is the work of the contemporary French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, especially the concept of the saturated phenomenon.

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Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts

World Literature Studies, Special Issue, vol. 11, no. 4, 2019

Edited by Tomáš Jirsa (Palacký University Olomouc) and Rebecca Rosenberg (King’s College London)

Across cultural history, the face has figured both a site of intimate familiarity and radical unknowability. On the one hand, the face is the most immediate and recognizable marker of identity: an organic surface upon which interiority is projected and displayed. Continue reading Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts

World Literature Studies 1/2018 “Frontier Orientalism in Central and East European Literatures” – call for contributions

Editors: Charles Sabatos (, Yeditepe University, Istanbul; Róbert Gáfrik (, Institute of World Literature, Bratislava

The purpose of this issue of WLS will be to explore the phenomenon of frontier orientalism in the literatures of Central and Eastern Europe. We welcome contributions from literary historians and theorists, as well as those in related disciplines. Other than its obvious differences from Said’s colonizing Orientalism, how does frontier orientalism contribute to the formulation of “imagined communities,” both national and transnational, in the region? Submissions may cover any time period and all “borderland zones” between Europe and the East (primarily between the Habsburg and Ottoman empires, but including other imperial frontiers, i.e. Russian/Caucasian, as well.) We prefer that authors include some consideration of the term “frontier orientalism” as it has been developed in the articles below, or elsewhere.

We invite authors to send an abstract of around 250 words to the editors (both addresses above) by May 31, 2017. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their abstracts by the end of June and final papers will be due by October 15, 2017.

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New Volume of the World Literature Studies

2 Vol. 8 (25) 2016
Magic Realism in Central European Literatures


This issue maps possible filiations between magical realism and central European literatures. The authors of the issue focus predominantly on Slovak but also Hungarian, Czech, and Romanian literature. They try to encompass several sources of “magic realism” in the central European cultural milieu. Individual articles show that in addition to the influence of significant works of world literature classified within magic realism, local inspirations and own narrative traditions play an important role in the domestication of magic-realism strategies. It can thus be claimed that several original authorial, national or “areal” models of magic-realistic narratives have emerged in central Europe.


Call for Contribution for thematic issue: Magic Realism in Central European Literatures

Magic realism in literature is perceived as a movement, tendency or type of modern fiction of Latin American origin. Scholarly reflection of this complex phenomenon, variously represented in individual national literatures, agrees that it merges two ways of seeing and  depicting, two systems of representation: Enlightenment-rational („realist“) and supernatural-mythical („magic“).

This thematic issue of the journal WLS proposes to map possible affiliations with magic realism in Central European literatures. We are interested in scholarly recognition of the appropriation of significant works of world literature and in analyses of inspirations that rediscovered the „magical“ in narrative traditions of own literature, or induced the formation of idiosyncratic authorial, national or „area“ models of magic-realist narration.

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