As a follow up to the one-day CLIC conference on Seriality in December 2020, the Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (JLIC) will publish a special issue on Seriality research.
The Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (JLIC) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal. It publishes high-quality, innovative research engaging with literary and intermedial phenomena from various methodological angles and a wide range of disciplines including studies on literature, theatre, media and culture. The e-journal is supported by an international editorial board and aimed at an academic readership. JLIC offers an online publication platform to researchers from various fields engaging either directly or indirectly with the study of hybrid literary and/or intermedial phenomena.
Seriality has become “an endemic feature of our twenty-first-century, hypermediated world” (Lindner 2014, ix) permeating contemporary literature, theatre, tv-series, feature films, narrative games, podcasts, YouTube channels, Instagram and other forms of storytelling social media. Like genre, Seriality is traditionally associated with repetition and variation. However, our interest seems to have shifted to the dynamic qualities of seriality. What strikes us and interests us today is not so much repetition but evolution, the development of (story) lines. As a result, the narrative aspects of seriality appear to grow in importance, a development that seems to go hand in hand with the rise of what is covered by the umbrella term ‘storytelling’ (occasionally ‘complex storytelling’, e.g. Mittell 2015). Although seriality is often explicitly linked to popular culture (e.g. Kelleter 2017), an increased interest in ‘seriality as a strategy’ can be observed in all kinds of art forms. Seriality also seems to be an important element in multi, cross and transmedial storytelling as serial narrative strategies spill from one media to another. To the idea of a Serial Shakespeare as “an infinite variety of appropriations in American TV drama” (Bronfen 2020) Ivo Van Hove and Internationaal Theater Amsterdam recently added not just their theatrical serial Romeinse Tragedies (2007, Roman Tragedies) in a carefully reworked online streaming version (2021) but also a ‘classic’ weekly -and therefore not bingeable- ten-episode tv-serial on Dutch television (2021). No wonder some see emerging a new field of research, seriality studies (Denson 2011).
We welcome academic and artistic research contributions.
Topics for articles might include, but are not limited to:
The editors welcome academic articles in written and/or audiovisual form (e.g. video-essay or other). Academic articles should be between 5,000 and 6,000 words (references and footnotes included) in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. All manuscripts are peer- reviewed. JLIC supports textual as well as multi-media formatting. All work submitted to JLIC should reference and be formatted according to our Author Guidelines. Written articles may be submitted in Word format. Figures, video and audio files etc. should be saved separately from the text.
The deadline for articles is 15 October 2021. Please send an abstract of maximum 500 words (in English and, if applicable, also in the language of your article, i.e. Dutch, French, German, Italian or Spanish) and a list of 5 keywords (in the same (two) language(s)) and a 100-word author bio (in English only) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 September 2021.
Potential contributors should bear in mind that a two-stage review process is envisaged for full essays. In the first stage, articles will be reviewed by one of the journal editors. In the second stage, articles will be double-blind peer-reviewed by at least one external anonymous expert referee.
JLIC considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that:
Lindner, C. 2014. “Foreword.”, Serialization in Popular Culture, edited by R. Allen and T. vanden Berg, ix–xi. Routledge.
Bronfen, E. 2020. Serial Shakespeare. An infinite variety of appropriations in American TV drama. Univ. of Manchester Press
Denson, S. 2011. ““To be continued...”: Seriality and Serialization in Interdisciplinary Perspective”, JLTonline (17.06.2011)
Kelleter, F. (ed). 2017 Media of Serial Narrative. Ohio State Univ. Press
Mittell, J. 2015. Complex TV. The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling. NYU Press
Roman Tragedies, 2007-2021, International Theatre Amsterdam, re: Ivo Van Hove, https://ita.nl/en/shows/romeinse-tragedies/1569929/