THE ANATOMY OF LOVE: issue 14 of [sic] - a journal of literature, culture and literary translation (SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED)

deadline for submissions: 
February 14, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Zadar

[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation
University of Zadar
Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV. br 2
23000 Zadar

Call for Papers for issue 14 of [sic]:THE ANATOMY OF LOVE


Submission deadline extended until February 14

While it gives shape and meaning to a large portion of everyone’s life, erotic and romantic love seems almost elusive and certainly difficult to talk, think, or write about. People have tried, more or less tentatively, and drawing from Plato’s legacy we now have a modest count of philosophies on love – for, however contradictory it may seem, some kind of philosophy is necessary, even if only in those cases when the elusiveness and difficulties triumph. More recently, Mikhail Epstein in Sola Amore (2011) laments the inability of contemporary critical theory to address love; the reason, according to him, is to be found in the fact that in the era claimed by technology and simulacra, love remains an experience that cannot be simulated. The difficulties surrounding any theorizing and philosophizing about the experience of love are also implicit in Alain Badiou’s interpretation of love, given in In Praise of Love (2009), as a quest for truth, an existential project the purpose of which is to reconstruct the world from a de-centered perspective, experiencing it on the basis of difference, and allowing for a complete acceptance of otherness. The two authors, among several others who have in recent years attempted to interpret love and place it within contemporary theories, suggest the two primary questions that we wish to use as starting points in this issue of [sic]: that of the representability of love in fiction, media, or arts; and of love as a site of negotiation of different values and systems. Namely, if love cannot be simulated, how is its representation in a variety of cultural products and practices achieved, and, if it necessarily involves a change of perspective so as to embrace difference, how does it relate to various socio-political phenomena or enter into a dialogue with the concepts such as family, sexuality, power, etc.? We invite submissions of:

a)    articles from different disciplines within the broad fields of arts and humanities and social sciences, with a view to addressing the following or similar topics that are of interest and importance to scientific research on love:


  • Narrative and linguistic, visual and graphic representation (or the lack thereof) of erotic and romantic love, as well as of the related phenomena of desire, seduction, and sex acts;  
  • Love and violence, i.e. falling in love as a forceful or violent event or, on a different note, violence and death drive as contradictory or complementary aspects of love/eros;
  • Love in the age of mechanical reproduction, namely, the impact and reception of popular and mass produced artifacts such as romantic comics, romance-novels, or soap operas;    
  • Love in the age of technology, namely, the position of love in various fictional or actual dystopian systems and the transformations of love in media and social networks;  
  • Love as a site of negotiation between different ideologies, and its potential of subversion against institutionalized power and dominant systems of belief; 
  • Love contextualized within gender studies and queer theory, more precisely, the ways in which love is linked with sexuality and employed to either emphasize or underplay the importance of otherness and différance;      
  • Love in the context of spatiality, following what Luisa Passerini in edited collection New Dangerous Liaisons (2010) describes as a unique connection between the sense of belonging to Europe and courtly/romantic love;
  • Love and eroticism in the context of postcolonial studies, following Edward Said’s claims about the Orient as a constructed fiction which represents the repressed desires of the Western world;
  • Considering recent global-scale political events and the appearance of new revolutionary movements, and following again Alain Badiou’s belief that falling in love should never be devoid of risk and chance, the significance of love for the course of history and politics.  


b)    translations (into English or Croatian) of literary texts dealing with any of these aspects of love.


[sic] – a journal of literature, culture and literary translation accepts:

  • original research papers: 5,000 to 7,000 words
  • reviews: up to 2,000 words
  • translations of literary texts: 5,000 to 7,000 words

Submission of research papers, reviews or translations of literary texts implies that the work described has not been published previously and that its publication is approved by all authors. By submitting a manuscript to [sic], the authors acknowledge that that the manuscript is original and entirely the result of work of the author or authors. The ownership and rights of works submitted and published in [sic] shall reside with the author(s). However, [sic] reserves the primary right of publication.

Submission Process

All manuscripts (research papers, reviews, and translations of literary texts) should be submitted by email attachment to [sic] accepts submissions in English or Croatian. Manuscripts must be computer typed and saved in .doc or .docx formats (Times New Roman, letter size 12 points, double spaced, fully paginated). Please attach to every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

Research Articles

All submitted research papers should contain:

  • title page with full title and subtitle (if any)

For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full contact details plus short biographical note (up to 150 words) should be supplied in a separate file. Please ensure that you have anonymized the script throughout, deleting self-references until after the review process is complete.

  • abstract of 100-150 words
  • up to 10 key words
  • main text and word count – submissions must not exceed a total of 7,000 words, including abstract, main text, notes, all references and author’s short biographical note

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere (all quotations, titles, names, and dates should be double-checked for accuracy).


All submitted reviews should include the following:

  • title page with full title of the review and additional information on the work reviewed (title, author, publisher, place and date of publication, number of pages)
  • main text and word count – submissions (main text of the review and author's biography) must not exceed a total of 2,000 words

Translations of Literary Texts

All translations should include the following:

  • title page with full title and subtitle (if any) and the author’s and translator’s name
  • main text and word count – submissions (main text or the translation, original author’s and translator’s biographies) must not exceed a total of 7,000 words

Authors of translations are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders allowing the publication of the original author’s work in their translation in [sic].

Citing and Formatting

Authors are responsible for ensuring that manuscripts are accurately typed before final submission. Manuscripts may be returned to the author if they do not follow the basic guidelines of the house style. The house style for [sic] is based on MLA (Modern Language Association) Style ( Authors will receive proofs of their manuscripts and be asked to send corrections to the editors within 3 weeks. Submissions are subject to editing and styling that complies with the journal's standards. Submitted manuscripts are not returned to authors. The journal does not pay contributors.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Submission Process should be sent to the journal’s editors at:

NEW submission deadline: February 14, 2017
Anticipated publication date: June 15, 2017