Journal of Romance Studies: Editor’s Choice

The Journal of Romance Studies, published in association with the Institute of Modern Languages Research, will be published by Liverpool University Press from 2017.

To celebrate, the editor has chosen a selection of some of the most notable and influential articles from the journal’s history, which Liverpool University Press is delighted to make available free of charge online for a limited time.

Please click on the article title below to download your free PDF.

‘Forgetting Africa’
Johannes Fabian
Volume 1, Issue 3, 2001

‘Acceptable hospitality: from Rousseau’s Levite to the strangers in our midst today’ 
Judith Still
Volume 3, Issue 2, 2003

‘High anxiety: Abre los ojos/Vanilla Sky’
Paul Julian Smith
Volume 4, Issue 1, 2004

‘Historical trauma and literary testimony: writing and repetition in the Buchenwald memoirs of Jorge Semprun’
Susan Rubin Suleiman
Volume 4, Issue 2, 2004

‘Women in dialogue and in solitude’
Michèle Le Doeuff
Volume 5, Issue 2, 2005

‘Psychoanalysis and the aesthetic subject’
Leo Bersani
Volume 6, Issue 3, 2006

‘Cinematic city: the Spanish avant-garde, modernity and mass culture’
Jo Labanyi
Volume 8, Issue 2, 2008

‘Antinomies of citizenship’
Étienne Balibar
Volume 10, Issue 2, 2010

‘Shifting borders’
Paulo de Medeiros
Volume 11, Issue 1, 2011

‘Representations of the Islamic community in Italy 2001–2011’
Charles Burdett
Volume 13, Issue 1, 2013

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Journal of Romance Studies Inaugural Annual Symposium

We are delighted to announce that from 2017, we will be publishing the Journal of Romance Studies.
The Journal of Romance Studies Inaugural Annual Symposium is taking place on June 6 2017 at the IMLR, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Room G35 from 2-7pm. 

Please see below for the complete list of events:

(13:00 Lunch for speakers and JRS editorial board)

14:00-15:30 Panel 1: Showcasing research excellence
Judith Still (University of Nottingham): ‘Slavery in Enlightenment America – Crèvecoeur’s Bilingual Approach’
Abigail Lee Six (Royal Holloway University of London): ‘The Vamp Rehabilitated: Carmen de Burgos’s mujer fría in the light of Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent’s señorita Vampiro’
Bernard McGuirk (University of Nottingham): ‘A Meditation on Fernando Pessoa’

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break

16:00-17:00 Panel 2: Showcasing research projects
Adalgisa Giorgio (University of Bath): ‘Matrixial Creativity and the Wit(h)nessing of Trauma: Reconnecting Mothers and Daughters in Marosia Castaldi’s Novel Dentro le mie mani le tue: Tetralogia di Nightwater’
Simon Gaunt (King’s College London): ‘The Values of French Literature and Language in the European Middle Ages’

17:00 Break

17:15 Keynote – Jo Labanyi (New York University) ‘Beyond Modern Languages?’

18:00 Presentation by Liverpool University Press and Reception


Contact: Cathy Collins at

All are welcome to attend this free symposium.

Register here >

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LUP to publish the Journal of Romance Studies from 2017

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce that from 2017, it will be publishing the Journal of Romance Studies on behalf of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR).

The Journal of Romance Studies (JRS) promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences and anthropology.
One themed issue and two open issues are published each year. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures is also included. Articles published in the journal cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.

Anthony Cond, Managing Director at LUP, said “Liverpool University Press and the Institute of Modern Languages Research share a commitment to support the Modern Languages community.  As a leading international publisher in the field, we are delighted to partner with the IMLR in publication of the Journal of Romance Studies.”

Catherine Davies, General Editor of the journal said, “LUP is a prize-winning, top rate academic publisher. It specialises in Modern Languages publications and IMLR is proud to be associated with the press. We look forward to a flurry of activity around the promotion of the JRS and welcome LUP’s interest. Together, the IMLR and LUP will take the JRS in new and exciting directions.”

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