Journal of Early Modern Studies

Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS) is an open access peer-reviewed international journal that promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion on issues concerning all aspects of early modern European culture. It provides a platform for international scholarly debate through the publication of outstanding work over a wide disciplinary spectrum: literature, language, art, history, politics, sociology, religion and cultural studies. JEMS is open to a range of research perspectives and methodological orientations and encourages studies that develop understanding of the major problematic areas relating to the European Renaissance.

EDITORS IN CHIEF

Donatella Pallotti curriculum

Paola Pugliatti curriculum

Dept. of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology
University of Florence - Via Santa Reparata 93
50129 Florence - ITALY
email: jems@comparate.unifi.it

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Announcements

 

Journal of Early Modern Studies has been accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS.

 

We are proud to announce that Journal of Early Modern Studies  (JEMS) has been accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS.  

Following evaluation by the Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB), which uses strict criteria to vet the sources that Scopus lists, it has been recommended that Journal of Early Modern Studiesbe accepted for inclusion.

JEMS has quickly established itself internationally as a highly respected journal, publishing quality research in all aspects of early modern European culture. This positive development will enable JEMS to continue to strengthen its reputation as a leading journal in its field. 

We would like to thank the Editorial and Advisory Board members, authors, reviewers and guest editors for their valued contribution. 

 
Posted: 2019-06-21
 

CALL FOR PAPERS: JEMS 10, 2021

 

We are now inviting contributions for Volume 10 of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, to be released online in 2021.

Early Modern European Crime Literature: Ideology, Emotions and Social Norms

Edited by Maurizio Ascari and Gilberta Golinelli

The 2021 issue of JEMS aims to cover various inter-related fields within the vast domain of European crime literature, with a particular focus on the British Isles. The literary and cultural phenomena we aim to investigate range from street literature, with its variety of broadsides and chapbooks, to drama (from revenge tragedies to domestic tragedies) and providential fictions, such as John Reynolds’ The Triumphs of Gods Revengeagainst the Crying and Execrable Sinne of Murther (1621-35), including the translation and transnational circulation of crime stories.

While exploring the connection between real crime and the literary imagination at various levels (from street literature to more sophisticated renderings), this issue delves into the ideological import of crime narratives intended as prevention of crime, a form of psychological ‘policing’ that compensated for the absence of organized police forces by reasserting the certainty of mundane and supernatural punishment. At the same time, focusing on the description and the representation/performance of emotions will enable us to analyse early modern criminography with the right lens to highlight its peculiarity and interrogate its multilayered aims. Instead of pivoting mainly on detection, early modern crime narratives revolve around criminal lives and criminal minds, not to mention self-appointed justice seekers, although of course community-based forms of social control were far from absent in early modern Europe. Both on page and on stage, providential fictions are often tragic and proto-melodramatic in tone, and this includes broadsides, which typically climax with a ballad to be sung to the tune of a song, achieving a combination of news circulation and engaging rhetorical/aural effects.

Given the nature of early modern crime literature, we invite papers exploring these and related issues:

History. The relation between historical criminal events and their literary representations. Many early modern crime narratives are part of the vogue of news that was fostered by both the invention of print and the translation/remediation of foreign materials. Being marketed as ‘true stories’ (often soon after the events they recount), in order to exploit the sensational appeal of real criminal cases, these narratives can be regarded as the ancestors of what we label as true crime. 

Ideology.The conceptualization of crime in relation to the complementary paradigms of sovereign power (or mundane justice) and of God’s omniscience/omnipotence. Early modern crime is conflated with sin, and in the absence of organized policing detection is correspondingly presented as resulting from the synergy of social surveillance and providence. The emphasis is on coincidence rather than on organized and rational detection. Due to the containment of, and simultaneous fascination with, transgression, criminals are portrayed as both abject and heroic, but we can also interpret these ambivalent portraits as the ‘product’ of gender constrictions and discriminations. 

Agency.While criminal agency is often presented as stemming from the devil, early modern crime narratives reveal an increasing ‘psychologisation’ of crime, investigating both the criminal’s motives and the devastating impact of guilt. This interest for the criminal overlaps with the conception of the human the early moderns inherited from classical tragedy, notably with the Aristotelian concept of hamartia.

Emotions.Early modern crime literature appeals to the emotions on various levels and in all its forms, whether the focus is on the plight of victims or on the inner turmoil of offenders and revengers. 

Body. The spectacle of the violated/murdered body, of bodily punishment and execution rituals, raises questions on the various meanings and appropriations of a racialized and gendered body, calling our attention to the body as a powerful symbol and rhetorical tool in relation to a set of discourses in which science and medicine conflate with politics and ideology.

Gender: Gender as a method of inquiry has been extremely useful to re-consider the formation of identities, subjectivities, their agency and their access to justice and compensation. Reading the performance and representation of male/female crime and criminals in a gender perspective might illuminate how gender relations and hierarchies were implicated in the construction of systems of power, social norms and national legal system.

Genre.Early modern crime fiction covers a wide spectrum of genres, ranging from domestic tragedies and revenge tragedies to providential fictions, ballads, sermons and other religious texts. Issues of crime and punishment are also central to early modern utopias and utopianspeculations and thus pivotal in those hybridliterary texts in which fictional debates on social norms and justice, on the nature of crime and on capital punishment serve(new) political programmes and the envisioning of alternative forms of government. 

Main deadlines:

30th June 2019:

Please send your proposal and working title to the editors (maurizio.ascari@unibo.itgilberta.golinelli@unibo.it). 

20th July 2019

Notification of proposal acceptance.

10th January 2020: 

Submission of articles to the editors.

Please note that articles must comply with the editorial norms and must not exceed 12,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. Articles may include up to 10 images (for publication they need to be submitted in 600 dpi resolution and with publication permit). All articles are published in English. Please be so kind as to have your paper revised by a native speaker.


 
Posted: 2019-02-27 More...
 

CALL FOR PAPERS: JEMS 9, 2020

 

We are now inviting contributions for Volume 9 of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, to be released online in 2020.

Stones, Castles and Palaces to be Read - Graffiti and Wall Writings in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Edited by Raffaella Sarti

The 2020 issue of JEMS will address the major cultural phenomenon of graffiti and wall writings in medieval and early modern Europe. The volume’s subject was inspired by the Conference on Stones, Castles and Palaces to be Read in Medieval and Early Modern Europe that took place in Urbino, 15-17 May 2017 and which ran together with an exhibition on the graffiti of the Ducal Palace of Urbino (La pietra racconta. Un palazzo da leggere, 29 March - 21 Mai 2017). The volume will mainly collect a selection of contributions presented at the Conference but is also open to consider a limited number of proposals in relation to the study of wall drawings and wall writings in medieval and early modern Europe.

The themes addressed may range from the analysis of one particular case study to comparisons of different cases and even large overviews. Proposals dealing with issues such as the relationship between writing on paper and writing on walls, the social and gender identity of those who wrote and drew on walls, the legitimacy or illegitimacy of writings and drawings on walls, the (legitimate or illegitimate) content of such writings and drawings, their location, their intended public and readership will be especially welcome. Selection criteria will also include how the proposed articles fit into the collection as a whole, as well as their adequacy to the issues addressed in the call for papers.

Main deadlines:

30th April 2018:

Please send your proposal and working title to the editor (raffaella.sarti@uniurb.it). 

31th May 2018:

Notification of proposal acceptance

2nd September 2018:

Submission of articles to the editor. 

Please note that articles must comply with the editorial norms and must not exceed 10,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. Articles may include up to 10 images (for publication they need to be submitted in 600 dpi resolution and with publication permit). All articles are published in English. Please be so kind as to have your paper revised by a native speaker. 

 
Posted: 2018-02-06
 

CALL FOR PAPERS: JEMS 8, 2019

 

We are now inviting contributions for Volume 8 of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, to be released online in 2019.

Beyond Books and Plays. Cultures and Practices of Writing in Early Modern Theatre. Edited by Lene Buhl Petersen and Raimondo Guarino.

The 2019 issue of JEMS will address the major cultural phenomenon of the production of written texts and, in a broader sense, the uses of writing in early modern theatre. Thus the volume is situated at the crossroads between textual studies, performance studies, and studies of orality vs. literacy. Going further than the relationships between book and stage, initiated by D.F. McKenzie and R. Chartier, and developed in a number of important studies concerning the printing of early modern drama, the range of suggested topics is expected to address textual practices both as sources and offshoots of theatrical enterprises, the skills related to writing and reading in players’ cultural environments, and the relationship between the popular professional theatre and literary milieux.

This call for papers invites researchers interested in the production of manuscripts (plays, promptbooks, parts, plots) in theatrical practice, from the late fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, not only in the contexts of major national traditions (i.e. Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, Siglo de oro, French Classical theatre, Italian Academic and professional theatrical environments) but also in peripheral and lesser known areas. Specific attention could also concern the connections between printed texts (not only printed plays, but also treatises, reports and players’ literary works) and performances, including civic and religious representations. In addition to philological and historical assessments, articles could draw attention to players’ literary competence, texts as tools for memorization, practices of oral/aural reproduction, the setting up of dramatic repertoires; and/or the rise of specific professional figures such as prompters and scribes employed in professional theatres to keep and reproduce manuscripts. Thus, the collection of articles should hopefully open up new horizons in the syntheses and synergies between literary traditions and performance cultures in early modern Europe.

Main deadlines:

31st October 2017: adhere to project and send working title and abstract to Raimondo Guarino (raimondo.guarino@uniroma3.it) and Lene Buhl Petersen (lenebuhlpetersen@gmail.com).

28th February 2018: finalize paper for submission to referees. Articles must comply with the editorial norms and must not exceed 12000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. All articles are published in English. Please be so kind as to have your paper revised by a native speaker.

 
Posted: 2017-07-25
 

CALL FOR PAPERS: JEMS 7, 2018

 

We are now inviting contributions for Volume 7 of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, to be released online in March 2018. The issue, jointly edited by Riccardo Bruscagli and Luca Degl’Innocenti, is entitled Out Loud: Practices of Reading and Reciting in Early Modern Times.

Its aim is to bring together scholars from a wide disciplinary spectrum who are working on the linguistic, literary, historical, and more broadly cultural features of the practice of reading and reciting poetry and literary texts, in formal as well as informal contexts, aloud. The increasing interest in orality, both from a structural and a historical point of view, has already produced a remarkable amount of very distinguished scholarship. Within this very large and diverse field of study, we intend to focus on the techniques of memorization, improvisation, and performance, which might be required in the practice of reading and reciting verse and prose aloud. For certain literary genres – typically in chivalric literature, for example – such practices, and the related skills, are obvious and well documented, but we are also calling for attention to be paid to the recitation of lyric poetry, plays (the so-called ‘closeted dramas’), short stories, novelle, and other verbal artefacts, in a broad array of contexts, ranging from Academies and Salons to informal social gatherings and even family pastimes. In the space between reading silently and reciting aloud in theatrical productions, we think there is a very large, interesting, and significant range of phenomena waiting to be explored.Contributions on the relationships between recited texts and their printed official versions are also welcome.

Main deadlines:

- 16th October 2016: adhere to project and send working title to Riccardo Bruscagli (riccardo.bruscagli@unifi.it) and Luca Degl’Innocenti (l.deglinnocenti74@gmail.com)

- 31st January 2017: finalize paper for submission to referees. Articles must comply with the editorial norms and must not exceed 12000 words, including footnotes and bibliography.

All articles are published in English. Please be so kind as to have your paper revised by a native speaker.

 
Posted: 2016-09-12
 

CALL FOR PAPERS: JEMS 6, 2017

 

The 2017 issue of JEMS, edited by Alessandro Arcangeli and Anu Korhonen, is entitled A Time of Their Own. Experiencing Time and Temporality in the Early Modern World. The issue will explore the different ways in which time was culturally constructed in the early modern period and how it was experienced, conceptualized and organized. There is no call for papers for this issue because it collects a selection of contributions presented at The Annual Cultural History Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH), which was held at the University of Bucharest Campus, Romania, on September 7-10, 2015

 
Posted: 2016-09-12
 
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