Beat Literature in Europe - Oct. 15, 2013, Nov. 30, 2013, Feb. 28, 2014

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Harri Veivo, Petra James and Dorota Walczak-Delanois
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Call for contributions

Harri Veivo (University of Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, University of Helsinki), Petra James (Free University of Brussels/Université libre de Bruxelles) and Dorota Walczak-Delanois (Free University of Brussels/Université libre de Bruxelles) are editing a collection of articles on Beat literature in Europe.

The editors aim to chart the networks, mediators and communication channels that permitted the circulation of Beat literature in Europe in general and in countries where the original Beat writers did not reside in particular. At the same time, the editors would like to enhance reflection of the specific local political and sociocultural contexts that motivated interest in Beat literature and influenced its reception, translation and interpretation, with analysis of the eventual mutations in the poetic, ethic and political aspects of Beat.

Authors are invited to frame Beat literature in a large context, reading literary texts in relation to issues of lifestyles, gender, media, visual arts, music, subcultures and politics, especially if Beat literature can be linked with lawsuits, press scandals or other clear indices of subversive action. The editors welcome articles dealing with the Cold War period and with countries on both sides of the Iron Curtain, but also with the lasting interest for Beat literature in the contemporary context as evidenced for example by new translations. The contributions can focus on one country or language only or address topics with wider transnational dimension.

Please use the following address for all correspondence:

Preliminary enquiries encouraged before October 15, 2013.
Abstracts and short biographical notes by November 30, 2013.
Essays by February 28, 2014.