Call for abstract submissions for the upcoming special issue on “Orientation and Recognition in Contemporary Illness Memoirs”.

This special issue of Prose Studies aims to explore the critical possibilities of Phenomenology for illness narratives. Phenomenology, as a critical perspective, provides an especially adequate framework for illness narratives, as it deals particularly with one’s embodied situatedness. The phenomenological concepts of ‘recognition’ and ‘orientation’ function as useful critical lenses to reveal the cultural mediation of illness narratives on the issues of illness, pain, death, but also survival and resilience.

Please, address any queries to special issue co-editors, Rosario Arias (, Rosalía Baena ( or Marta Cerezo (

The deadline for abstract proposals is 15 September 2020, and the deadline for full-manuscript submissions is 1 March 2021.
This initiative is part of the research project ORION—Orientation: Towards a Dynamic Understanding of Contemporary Fiction and Culture” (MINECO Project FFI2017-86417-P).

Special issue with Professor Mark Llewellyn (Cardiff University), Neo-Victorian Negotations of Hostility, Empathy and Hospitality. Special issue of Volume 24 of EJES 20 (2020). Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2018.

  • Arias, Rosario. “The ‘Other’ Voice in Survivor Narratives: A Gender-Based Approach to the Holocaust”. Human Diversity in Context. Ed. Cinzia Ferrini. Open access. Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2020. 333-47.
  • Arias, Rosario and Patricia Pulham. Guest editors of “Tracing the Victorians: Material Uses of the Past in Neo-Victorianism”. Special issue of Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914. Volume 9 number 3 2019.
  • Arias, Rosario. “Wounded Characters and Vulnerable Lives and Places in Ian McEwan’s Saturday”. The Wounded Hero in Contemporary Fiction: A Paradoxical Quest. Ed. Susana Ortega and Jean-Michel Ganteau. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. 114-30.
  • Baena, Rosalía. “Too Late to Die Young. Nearly True Tales from a Life by Harriet McBryde Johnson.” Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives. Eds. G. Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan, 2019. 755-758.
  • Baena, Rosalía. “When Time Stops: Death and Autobiography in Contemporary Personal Narratives.” Eds. Daniel Jernigan, Neil Murphy & Michelle Wang. The Routledge Companion to Death and Literature (forthcoming 2019).
  • Borham-Puyal, Miriam. “Canons and Corpses: Teaching the Afterlives of the Classics and the Creation of Cult-Objects”. In: C. Herrero y D. Escandell, eds. Transmedia in Education. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Cerezo Moreno, Marta. “Traces of Stigma in John Banville’s The Sea.” Literature and Medicine 36.1. Spring 2018: 124-145.
  • Monrós Gaspar, Laura. “Epic Cassandras in Performance (1795-1868)”. Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2018. 508-23.
  • Monrós Gaspar, Laura. “La gitanilla en el teatro victoriano. Textos y Contextos”. Anales cervantinos 49 (2017): 271-93. DOI: