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We accept original specialized articles on research in the following fields: * Literatures in English in both contemporary and historical perspectives; * Literary Theories and Criticism; * Cultural Studies including Cinema and Media Studies; * Linguistics including theoretical, empirical, historical and applied; * Cognitive and functional approaches; * Discourse and pragmatic studies; * Multimodal Discourse Analysis. We particularly welcome interdisciplinary approaches between fields, such as: * Linguistic tools applied to literary analysis; * The interplay between language and culture; * Language and the analysis of cultural phenomena such as diaspora in different contextual settings; * Literature, language and gender theories / gender theories and literary works. * These are but a few of the many possibilities that an interdisciplinary stance suggests.

ISSN   0210-6124
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Andrew Blake, University of Winchester; Martin Bygate, Lancaster University; Teresa Fanego, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela; Fernando Galván, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares;  Heinz Ickstadt, Freie Universität Berlin; J. Hillis Miller, University of California at Irvine; Susheila M. Nasta, Open University; Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza, Universidad de La Rioja. See website for a complete listing of the Board of referees.

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The Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal founded in 1979 and published twice a year in June and December. It publishes original research articles on linguistic, literary and cultural topics, past and present, of English-speaking communities, including pertinent cross-cultural comparative analyses. Book reviews are also accepted. The journal is open to academic advertising. In addition, Atlantis offers a forum for commentaries and interviews on matters of interest to its wide readership. In December 2004 Atlantis celebrated its Silver Jubilee. Since its foundation in 1979, Atlantis has been edited by Dr. Antonio Garnica Silva (1979-1983), Dr. Javier Coy Ferrer (1984-1988), Dr. Catalina Montes Mozo (1989-1991), Dr. José S. Gómez Soliño (1992-1996), Dr. Santiago González y Fdez. Corugedo (1996-1998), Dr. Rafael Portillo (1999-2002), Dr. José Antonio Álvarez Amorós (2003-2005 ), and Dr. Angela Downing (2006-).
General Editor: Angela Downing
Managing Editor: Carmen Méndez García
Book Reviews Editor: Clara Calvo
Assistant Editor: Ludmila Urbanová
Assistant to the Editor: Juan Rafael Zamorano Mansilla
Copy Editor: Jorge Arús Hita
Each issue is about 200 pages long, and has a paid circulation of ca. 1,400 copies.
The Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN) has reached a formal agreement with EBSCO Casias, Inc. (doing business as EBSCO Publishing), the Gale Group, and H. W. Wilson to grant them non-exclusive rights over the contents of Atlantis so that they can offer their customers an on-line version of the journal. Since their customers include, for instance, many of the leading research libraries in the U. S. and throughout the world, it is envisaged that the readership and influence of Atlantis, as well as its capacity to attract quality contributions, will grow accordingly in the future.
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December 2017 issue of Atlantis

"What Are Novelists For?" Atonement and the British Novel

This essay emerged from the intersection of two texts: a 2009 article by Alistair Cormack claiming that Ian McEwan's Atonement (2001) was a rejection of postmodernism in favor of a return to F.R. Leavis's "Great Tradition," and the protagonist Briony's closing question: "What are novelists for?" This essay criticizes the ongoing legacy of Leavis's association of literature and moral improvement, an argument still being recycled today by critics like Harold Bloom and Martha Nussbaum, by tracing McEwan's long history of interrogating this presumed ethical link in his fiction. Far from affirming Leavis's position, McEwan's work shows that some of humanity's worst atrocities have coincided with its greatest periods of education and literacy. Rather than a moral phenomenon, the concluding section of the essay draws on the recent work of Nancy Armstrong, among others, to argue that the novel reflects the production of a peculiarly modern form of subjectivity that allows Atonement, by combining postmodern strategies with references to seminal texts from the British tradition (Richardson, Fielding, Burney, Austen, Woolf), to reveal the obscured roots of what gave birth to the novel in the first place.

Elena Seoane and Cristina Suárez-Gómez, eds. 2016. World Englishes: New Theoretical and Methodological Considerations

Race Relations in Black and White: Visual Impairment as a Racialized and Gendered Metaphor in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno"

While scholarship has increasingly acknowledged Ralph Ellison's indebtedness to Herman Melville, whose novella "Benito Cereno" (1855) was used as an epigraph to Invisible Man (1952), fewer scholars have discussed their common literary foci on blindness as a racial and gendered visual metaphor. Borrowing from the latest scholarship on whiteness and/as racial dominance, this article revisits "Benito Cereno" to show how Captain Delano's lack of belief in the possibility of a slave insurrection throughout the novella is itself an effect of racism, stemming mostly from the taken-for-granted-ness of white superiority, which Melville shows as distorting the whites' perceptions of blacks. In so doing, I will also explore Ellison's reworking of Melville's racial imagery in Invisible Man, which seems to extend the blindness metaphor to both black and white characters, re-presenting cross-racial blindness as reciprocal rather than unidirectional. As part of this argument, the article posits the inseparability of gender and race, suggesting that Ellison's depiction of white racism may be traced back to the (antebellum) definition of American manhood as free and nonenslaved, which Melville's novella both illustrates and undermines. I thus conclude that Ellison's and Melville's works skilfully anatomize, and critique, the discourses on whiteness and/as masculinity of their respective historical moments, highlighting their interdependence, but also their internal contradictions, which the black characters end up using to their own advantage.

Grounding Oneself at the Crossroads: Getting Home Alive by Aurora Levins Morales and Rosario Morales

This article analyzes the multiple dimensions of hybridity in Getting Home Alive (1986) by Puerto Rican Aurora Levins Morales and Rosario Morales. This revolutionary autobiography is experimental in both form and content, containing poems, stories, journals, reportage and so forth. It resists clear categorization as to genre, defies any one culture or language and presents a sense of place rooted in multiple places. The voices of mother and daughter end up fusing into one, together with the voices of all their ancestors. The multiple sensitivities of both women, products of multidirectional migrations, ethnicities, cultures, languages and class are symbolized in grounding themselves at the crossroads, embracing a relational collective identity, wholeness and choice while rejecting fragmentation or alienation.

"In my Beginning is my End": Multidirectional Memory and the (Im)Possibility of Escaping the Holocaust in Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay

Anita Desai's novel Baumgartner's Bombay (1988) makes evident its alliance with the determinist view of history according to which history repeats itself without allowing human agency to escape the occurrence of events. Baumgartner's Bombay embodies this view by telling the story of Hugo Baumgartner, a man condemned to suffer the same destiny of exclusion and abuse all his life. My main aim is to demonstrate that, through this hybrid figure (German, Jewish, Indian), along with the circular structure of the novel and the repetitive use of images and metaphors evoking Otherness and alienation which this analysis discloses, Desai deploys the multidirectional model of memory, defined by Michael Rothberg as the overlap of individual and collective traumatic memories of different nations at different times. I conclude that Desai's work exemplifies the way individual and collective Holocaust memories may be transposed to divergent traumatic events and conflicts, like those of the Partition and the British internment camps in India. Furthermore, it reveals how the examination of notions of Otherness and stereotypical identity formation can be helpful to understand the mechanisms that underlie the diverse episodes of genocide and trauma witnessed during the twentieth century.

Oblique Kinds of Blackness in Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues

This paper addresses the meanings of blackness in Esi Edugyan's second novel, arguing that the text lends itself up to a multiplicity of readings. On one hand, this is achieved by exploring the historicity and geography of race, insofar as the text dwells on how the totalitarian German state and the Second World War concur to impose shifting and sometimes even antagonistic forms of racialization on all non-Aryans. On the other, it is the result of bringing together characters that, while phenotypically belonging to the same group, are yet altogether dissimilar as to origins, language and upbringing. Consequently, the novel showcases experiences and subjectivities across the spectrum of what Paul Gilroy has named "the Black Atlantic."

Reporting Verbs as a Stylistic Device in the Creation of Fictional Personalities in Literary Texts

This article presents an analysis of how reporting verbs can contribute to the creation of fictional personalities in literary texts. The examination of verbs was carried out using Caldas-Coulthard's (1987) taxonomy, in which verbs are classified in self-contained categories according to the reporter's level of mediation on the words glossed. The examples under analysis were all taken from Charles Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby (1839). For the sake of consistency, I focused on one character, Ralph Nickleby, whose words are reported using twenty-six verbs a total of 501 times throughout the story. As will be shown, Dickens's choice of verbs projects a specific way of speaking that triggers information about the villain's personality, thereby contributing to shaping his well-known evil character. The analysis will also illustrate how reporting verbs can influence the way in which readers form an impression of characters on the basis of their ways of speaking during the course of a story.

Author(itie)s and Sources in the Prefatory Matter to Eighteenth-Century English Grammars for Children

During the eighteenth century, language-experts were increasingly concerned with correctness and appropriate social expression. As a result, English grammar went through several attempts to codify and prescribe rules for correct usage, so that the number of these works increased rapidly from the 1760s onwards and reached a notable peak in the 1790s. In order to find a place in an increasingly saturated marketplace, authors, editors and publishers variously resorted to selling strategies that included, for instance, adding value to the English grammar by incorporating rich prefatory or post-main-text matter. This paper deals with author(itie)s and sources explicitly mentioned in the prefatory matter of eighteenth-century English grammars for children, with a focus on metacomments aimed at endorsing the book with reliability and validity for teachers and young learners. The study is based on acknowledged author(itie)s and sources so as to identify which were most commonly cited in the material examined, on the one hand, and to discuss the different reasons articulating this practice, on the other.

Spanglish: The Hybrid Voice of Latinos in the United States

The language practices of Latinos in the US continue to attract attention from politicians, educators, journalists, linguists and the general Hispanic and non-Hispanic public. While monolingual speakers of English in the US expect Hispanics to shift to English like other minority language speakers have done in the past, monolingual speakers of Spanish expect them to speak "pure" Spanish. Even Spanish-English bilingual speakers criticize Latinos for mixing Spanish and English or speaking Spanglish. This term has been rejected by some linguists who claim that it is technically flawed and only applies to casual oral registers. In this paper I consider the linguistic nature, sociolinguistic functions and attitudes towards Spanglish, I show that Latinos are using this hybrid, heteroglossic variety beyond casual oral registers, and I suggest a broader perspective which not only considers the linguistic features of Spanglish but also the political, social and cultural issues involved.

Accounting for the Alternating Behaviour of Location Arguments from the Perspective of Role and Reference Grammar

This paper presents a description of the alternations in which the location argument participates in English and accounts for its various realizations from the point of view of Role and Reference Grammar. The analysis of the multiple alternating behaviour of the location argument in various transitive and intransitive alternations in English is mostly related to marked macrorole assignment typically to Undergoer, such as in He loaded the truck with hay (as compared with the kernel construction He loaded hay on the truck), but also to Actor as for instance in the Location subject alternation, in which the location argument occupies the subject position, as in The bag carries all your belongings, a construction which implies the loss of one of the arguments in the kernel structure (I carry all your belongings in the bag). Additionally, the syntactic behaviour of location arguments in marked constructions very often conveys a change of Aktionsart ascription with respect to the kernel construction, as in the swarm alternation in which the predicate in the kernel construction is analysed as an activity (Bees swarmed in the garden) whereas in the marked construction it changes into a state (The garden is swarming with bees), a feature that has been attested in some of the constructions analysed in this paper. This investigation also provides an analysis of the with­-phrase that is often encoded in the marked constructions where the location argument is codified as a core argument.

Learning Pragmatic Routines during Study Abroad: A Focus on Proficiency and Type of Routine

The present study explores pragmatic learning during study abroad (SA) programs, focusing on gains in learner recognition and production of pragmatic routines, and considers whether proficiency and type of routine play a role in this. One hundred and twenty-two international students in their first semester of study at US universities completed a pre-test and a post-test version of a vocabulary knowledge scale (VKS) and a written discourse-completion task (DCT). Pragmatic routines elicited for recognition were categorised according to how bound they are to specific situations, while production routines were operationalised in terms of prototypicality. The results revealed that knowledge of pragmatic routines increased during a semester abroad, particularly in terms of recognition. While this increase was unrelated to proficiency, type of routine did play a significant role. Students showed greater gains in recognition of situational routines and in production of those that are highly-prototypical. The findings of the study underline the importance of SA programs for the acquisition of pragmatic routines, and suggest that exposure to routines in relevant contexts enhances pragmatic development.

Emron Esplin and Margarida Vale de Gato, eds. 2014. Translated Poe.

Gabriel Insausti. 2015. Tierra de nadie: la literatura inglesa y la Gran Guerra.

Silvia Pilar Castro Borrego and María Isabel Romero Ruiz, eds. 2015. Identities on the Move. Contemporary Representations of New Sexualities and Gender Identities.

Elena Oliete-Aldea. 2015. Hybrid Heritage on Screen. The 'Raj Revival' in the Thatcher Era.

Elinor Shaffer and Catherine Brown, eds. 2016. The Reception of George Eliot in Europe.

Tyrus Miller, ed. 2016. The Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis.

Marisol Morales-Ladrón, ed. 2016. Family and Dysfunction in Contemporary Irish Narrative and Film

David Alderson. 2016. Sex, Needs & Queer Culture. From Liberation to the Post-Gay.

Jane Lugea. 2016. World Building in Spanish and English Spoken Narratives

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