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Call for papers Signature Buildings. Aesthetics and Ideologies in the Narration of Monuments.

Signature Buildings.

Aesthetics and Ideologies in the Narration of Monuments.

Edited by Paola Spinozzi e Marisa Verna


We propose to devote a thematic section of Issue 2/2018 to expressions of creative writing inspired by monuments. Our aim is to understand how and why diverse re/constructions of their specific genesis, descriptions of architectural features, explanations of symbolism, histories of mentors, sponsors and artists generate over/interpretations in the form of essays, short stories, historical novels and poems. Each article will investigate the ways in which writers, while speculating on and verbally reconstructing a monument, can instil aesthetic and ideological appreciations.

The narration of monuments will be examined with particular reference to:

— polysemantic buildings, rooted in a specific place and historical context, but also open to multiple intercultural elaborations;

— modes of constructing, restructuring or contesting historical identities and cultural memories;

— stimuli for the imagery, through which mythical figures and events are evoked.

We intend to select articles focusing on the narration of monuments in various countries, in order to be able to draw a broad international atlas.


Those who would like to contribute a paper, are invited to send an abstract in English of max 400 words, with 3-5 keywords, no later than November 15, 2017. Abstracts should be sent to Marisa Verna (marisa.verna@unicatt.it) and Paola Spinozzi (paola.spinozzi@unife.it).

Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their contribution no later than November 30, 2017.

The deadline for the complete article is March 1, 2018. Articles should be max 50.000 characters long (including spaces) and should follow the journal Stylesheet, which can be downloaded at: www.analisilinguisticaeletteraria.eu

The thematic section will be published in December 2018.