CFP De Gruyter - Melancholic Literature in the 17th-19th centuries

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2022
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CALL FOR PAPERS for a topical issue of "Open Cultural Studies"MELANCHOLIC LITERATURE in the 17th-19th CENTURIES "Open Cultural Studies" ( invites submissions for a topical issue on MELANCHOLIC LITERATURE in the 17th-19th CENTURIES, edited by Ángeles García Calderón (University of Córdoba, Spain).
The language and aesthetics of melancholy are themes present in numerous literary works. In the English-speaking world, works such as John Milton's “Il Penseroso” or Anne Finch's “The Spleen: A Pindaric Ode” stand out as key examples in this genre.  European cultures and literatures configure their own traditions regarding the embodiment of melancholy in literary work, both in prose and verse. This melancholic literature may reflect suffering, depression, and deep emotion, but also beauty. It may also draw on historical, artistic, medical and psychological aspects of melancholy. Similarly, the literary discourse on melancholy contains medical aspects, philosophical themes, and enormous psychological depth. This call centres on the presence of melancholy in European literature - fiction, poetry, and drama - of the 17th-19th centuries. We are seeking papers on both canonical and classic works, as well as papers on lesser-known works and cultures, that feature melancholic discourse. 
Submissions will be accepted from September 1 to December 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at
As the article type, choose “Research Article: Melancholic Literature”.
Before submission authors should carefully read the Instructions for Authors, available at
All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

As a general rule, publication costs should be covered by Article Publishing Charges (APC); that is, be defrayed by the authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with the Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscript.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be sent to Ángeles García Calderón ( If you have any technical or financial questions, please contact the journal’s Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at