Rethinking Modernism

deadline for submissions: 
April 10, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
University of Rome La Sapienza

The year 2022 will mark the first centenary of the ‘annus mirabilis’ of British modernism, the year 1922, which saw the simultaneous publication of Virginia Woolf’s first experimental novel, Jacob’s Room, of James Joyce’s Ulysses, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, R.M. Rilke’s Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus. Taking its cue from this cause for celebration, the 2022 special issue of Studium, a top-tier journal in Italy founded at the beginning of the 20th century, will thus be devoted to reassessing the impact of modernism in a European and trans-medial perspective, not only in literature, that is, but also in the visual arts, music, the theatre, as well as the language of literary criticism and philosophy and the craft of translation, along the last hundred years. The issue will welcome papers dealing with: 


-       The redefinition of the modernist canon

-       The impact of modernism on language/languages

-       Transnational and cross-cultural modernism 

-       American vs European modernism

-       Modernism vs post modernism

-       Rethinking tradition after modernism

-       Modernism and the visual arts, music and theatre

-       Translation 

-       Modernism in literature and philosophy

-       Subjectivity, displacement and fragmentation

-       Journals/Reviews


Paper proposals (250 words) and a short cv should be sent to Emilia Di Rocco ( and Iolanda Plescia ( by 10 April, 2022. Proposals will be evaluated by 30 April 2022, and articles ready for publication must be sent to the editors by 15 September 2022.