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This monograph spotlights women writers’ contributions to the philosophy of German Romanticism. Dorothea Mendelssohn Veit Schlegel, Rahel Levin Varnhagen, Karoline von Günderrode, and Bettina Brentano von Arnim suggested a new vision for an emancipated community of women that develops through philosophical discourse of Progressive Universal Poetry. Their personal, fictionalized, and literary letters reinvent and retheorize the Romantic notions of sociability, symphilosophy, and sympoetry, as theorized by men, and retheorize the concepts of love. They provided a model for shaping intellectual and cultural life in the modern world while challenging rigid dichotomies of classs, gender, and ethnicity.
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This academic series is devoted to biography as an object and a method of research, with a view to answering the current demand for a theorization of biography as an emerging field, at a crossroads between several disciplines in the humanities. The main goal of the series is to publish leading publications in the field of biography studies.
Biography is considered here as distinct from autobiography. The Biography Studies series will not be a solely historical series, nor a series for literary theory, nor for Life Writing, but a series for biography studies: genuinely inter- and multidisciplinary, providing the subject of biography its own deserved space. It will not publish (biographical) source publications or biographies, but publications that reflect on and investigate biography/biographies as a research methodology and with regard to its role in public spheres.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn
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No other modernist writer in English has attracted more or broader international attention than James Joyce. Translations, adaptations, and imitations as well as works of criticism are being published in increasing numbers and frequency, and show a proliferating diversity of approaches and perspectives on the work, life, and influence of Joyce.
In view of the internationalism of Joyce studies, and the current dissemination of literary-critical pluralism, this peer-reviewed series hopes to offer a platform for specifically "European" perspectives on Joyce's works, their adaptations, annotation, and translation, studies in biography, the history of and current debates in Joyce criticism, Joyce's place in literary history, matters of influence and the transmission of ideas etc.
In calling this series "European" in the broadest sense, we aim at soliciting not only the submission of articles by European contributors, but more generally all essays and research focusing on issues of European concern such as language, nationality and culture, literary-historical movements, ideology, politics, and distribution, as well as literary-critical perspectives with European roots.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.

Women Writers in History is an international peer-reviewed book series that publishes monographs and edited volumes on a variety of subjects related to the history of women authors as a category until the early twentieth century. In particular, the series addresses the role women writers and female cultural brokers played in their respective countries, beyond national borders in the whole of Europe, and further afield. The series foregrounds new material and approaches that shed light on this topic, focusing especially on the contemporary reception of these women’s writings. Thanks to important efforts in text digitization, for instance of the early periodical press and of private correspondences, as well as the increasing availability of bibliometric databases studying the international circulation of books and texts, much new reception data is now becoming available. Literary historians are now beginning to use these data to understand the place of female authors in European literary history. We welcome research that, rather than focusing on individual authors and individual case studies, focuses on large-scale research, preferably drawing on empirical data concerning the reception side of literary communication. Volumes should ideally focus on the communication that took place between these historical female authors and their (contemporary) readers at home and abroad, and should provide insight into the positions adopted by these women. The series Women Writers in History is coordinated by members of the international NEWW Network (New approaches to European Women’s Writing, created in 2005) and the DARIAH-EU working group ‘Women Writers in History’. For more information on this working group, please see, or consult the online tool (currently being redeveloped at which allows users to stock, share and analyze historical reception data.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals to the publisher at BRILL, Christa Stevens. Also researchers who are no members of the NEWW network are welcome to submit a proposal.
Syria, Constantinople, Moldavia, Wallachia and the Cossacks’ Lands
Paul of Aleppo, an archdeacon of the Church of Antioch, journeyed with his father Patriarch Makarios III ibn al-Za'im to Constantinople, Moldavia, Wallachia and the Cossack's lands in 1652-1654, before heading for Moscow. This book presents his travel notes, preceded by his record of the patriarchs of the Church of Antioch and the story of his father's office as a bishop and election to the patriarchal seat. The author gives detailed information on the contemporary events in Ottoman Syria and provides rich and diverse information on the history, culture, and religious life of all the lands he travelled across.
Although Jesuit contributions to European expansion in the early modern period have attracted considerable scholarly interest, the legacy of José de Acosta (1540–1600) is still defined by his contributions to natural history. The Theologian and the Empire presents a new biography of Acosta, focused on his participation in colonial and imperial politics. The most important Jesuit active in the Americas in the sixteenth century, Acosta was fundamentally a political operator. His actions on both sides of the Atlantic informed both Peruvian colonial life and the Jesuit order at the dawn of the seventeenth century.
The Experiences of International and Domestic Students Studying in an Australian University
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Eight international and four domestic doctoral students share the story of completing their doctoral journey at an Australian university, as well as their experiences of being part of a large collaborative research group that served as a source of support and motivation on their doctoral journey. They share their dreams, hopes, and frustrations of searching, applying, being rejected and finally accepted as a doctoral candidate. International students share their impressions and experiences of being in a new land with a new language and immersing themselves and their families in a distinctly different culture and society. These are the stories of the challenges they encountered and their struggles and successes.

Contributors are: Elizabeth Allotta, Laura Emily Clark, Maria Ejlertsen, Daeul Jeong, Solange Lima, Huifang Liu, Mohammad Tareque Rahman, Umme Salma, Margaret Schuls, Sara Haghighi Siahgorabi, Lauren Thomasse and Tran Le Nghi Tran.
More than thirty years after German reunification, Life Stories from the German Democratic Republic addresses how life in the GDR is remembered, thereby enriching and complexifying the narratives of East German life found in public history, museums, tourist venues, film, media and popular fiction. The frequent stress on material lack, social restrictions and the repressive state is expanded and reconfigured by interviewees who variously both challenge and confirm widespread assumptions about what it meant to live in the GDR. Aimed at a wide readership, this book gives English-speaking readers access to varied and detailed accounts of everyday life, individual engagement with state institutions and different views of GDR politics, society and culture.
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Thomas Bernhard, one of the most significant post-war European writers, continues to fascinate. The twenty essays in this bilingual volume offer new readings of the Austrian writer’s works via three interconnected strands: language, history and subjectivity.

In Austria, Bernhard was often viewed as an enfant terrible. Yet after his death in 1989, he has increasingly undergone what novelist Alexander Schimmelbusch calls a ‘Mozartisation’. Against this background, the volume refocuses attention on Bernhard’s works themselves, underlining why these continue to be subversive and compelling.

The essays in this volume address Bernhard’s creative linguistic interventions; his theatrical verve; his literary persona; and his response to the traumatic historical legacy which continues to shape Austrian subjectivities long after 1945.

Thomas Bernhard – einer der bedeutendsten europäischen Nachkriegsautoren – wurde in Österreich oft als enfant terrible wahrgenommen. Nach seinem Tod in 1989 kam es jedoch immer mehr zu einem Prozess der „Mozartisierung“ (Alexander Schimmelbusch), dem Versuch, Bernhard in das offizielle österreichische Selbstbild einzureihen.

Vor diesem Hintergrund lenkt dieser Band die Aufmerksamkeit wieder auf Bernhards Werke selbst und unterstreicht, warum diese nach wie vor subversiv, spannend und nicht zuletzt irritierend sind.

Unter den miteinander verbundenen Themenschwerpunkten Sprache, Geschichte und Subjektivität befassen sich die Beiträge mit Bernhards kreativen sprachlichen Interventionen, seiner theatralischen Präsenz, seiner literarischen Persona und seiner Reaktion auf das traumatische historische Erbe, das die österreichischen Subjektivitäten noch lange nach 1945 prägt. Auch, aber keineswegs nur deshalb, hat Bernhard nichts von seiner Faszination eingebüßt.