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The Literary London Journal

ISSN 1744-0807


To tie in with the forthcoming Literary London Conference (6-8 July 2016) on the theme of ‘London and the Globe’, The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on ‘Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares‘.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016 and articles (between 5-7,000 words) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions:

  • How are ‘Londoners’ (Henry VIII, 1.2.155) constructed in Shakespeare’s plays?
  • What role did – or do – London audiences play in constructing Shakespeare?
  • In what ways can we rethink Shakespeare’s anatopism, i.e. his staging of London as other cities?
  • Can we see evidence of ‘Global Shakespeares’ in the refracted Londons he represented?
  • What urban locations – in London or beyond – matter in Shakespeare’s plays, and our current understanding of them?
  • What contributions can contemporary spatial theory make to understanding Shakespeare’s staging of cities such as London?
  • Do Shakespeare’s staged cities cultivate or curtail the ambiguities (linguistic, spatial, sexual and social) of urban life?
  • In what ways can we see The Globe Theatre – past and present – as a microcosm of a changing and conflicted London?
  • How does the reconstructed Globe Theatre offer a venue for staging modern urban experience?
  • What role does the reconstructed Globe Theatre play in (re)conceptualising Shakespeare’s relationship with London?

All submissions should be sent to either Adam Hansen (adam.hansen at northumbria dot ac dot uk) or Adele Lee (a.lee at gre dot ac dot uk).

The Literary London Journal is the free, online, open-access journal of the Literary London Society.

Founded in 2003 by Lawrence Phillips, who edited the journal between 2003 and 2011, it is the first and only journal to provide a common forum for scholars and students engaged specifically in the study of London and literature. From the start, The Literary London Journal has aimed to publish the best new research relating to London and literature.

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The Literary London Society is dedicated to fostering an intellectual community that facilitates interdisciplinary exchange. The Literary London Journal plays an important part in meeting that aim. While the editorial focus of the journal is on representations of London in literature, articles in cognate disciplines that contribute to readings of London are very much encouraged. These subject areas include readings of London in history, drama, film, geography, art history, architecture, urban sociology, painting and engraving, and many more.

The Literary London Journal is fully peer-reviewed. It is published twice a year, in spring and autumn, and is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography and the Directory of Open Access Journals. It appears online only and is free to all. It remains the intention of the Literary London Society to keep the Journal online and free into the foreseeable future.