Founded In    1979
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Language(s)   English

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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
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Each issue is about 200 pages long, and has a paid circulation of ca. 1,400 copies.
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Atlantis is the journal of the Spanish Association of English Studies, AEDEAN (Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos). Since 1979 it has been publishing scholarly work in the area of English, covering a broad range of linguistic, literary and cultural topics. The Journal has a decidedly international outlook and encourages contributions from across the world. Atlantis is published twice a year, in June and December, and includes articles, reviews and interviews.

“A Relaxing Cup of Lingua Franca Core”: Local Attitudes Towards Locally-Accented English

Towards the end of the twentieth century, a view emerged suggesting that English had become a lingua franca for communication and, consequently, was no longer the property of its native speakers. Today, the emphasis is on the heterogeneity of the English-speaking world, thus calling into question the legitimacy of the inner circle Englishes. In this vein, it is suggested that non-native accents of English should be granted a legitimate status, provided that mutual intelligibility is preserved. In this paper we compare Lingua Franca Core (LFC) features of pronunciation with the speech to the 2015 International Olympic Committee given by the then Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella. We use auditory analysis and speech analysis software when necessary in order to: (a) systematically describe her use of non-native features which could be labelled as Spanish English; (b) assess these in terms of their potential to impair intelligibility as described in Jennifer Jenkins's LFC. The data obtained enable us to provide an analysis that sheds light on how the English as a Lingua Franca debate may be influenced by local attitudes towards correctness in speech. This, in turn, has implications for a sociolinguistically-informed approach to the teaching of pronunciation.

Paula Martín Salván, Gerardo Rodríguez Salas and Julián Jiménez Heffernan, eds. 2013. Community in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Verbal Agreement with Collective Nominal Constructions: Syntactic and Semantic Determinants

This corpus-based study investigates the patterns of verbal agreement of twenty-three singular collective nouns which take of-dependents (e.g., a group of boys, a set of points). The main goal is to explore the influence exerted by the of-PP on verb number. To this end, syntactic factors, such as the plural morphology of the oblique noun (i.e., the noun in the of-PP) and syntactic distance, as well as semantic issues, such as the animacy or humanness of the oblique noun within the of-PP, were analysed. The data show the strongly conditioning effect of plural of-dependents on the number of the verb: they favour a significant proportion of plural verbal forms. This preference for plural verbal patterns, however, diminishes considerably with increasing syntactic distance when the of-PP contains a non-overtly-marked plural noun such as people. The results for the semantic issues explored here indicate that animacy and humanness are also relevant factors as regards the high rate of plural agreement observed in these constructions.

Mrs. Fielding: The Single Woman as the Incarnation of the Ideal Domestic Women

Eighteenth-century female writers realized that single women were scorned and viewed with contempt. They tried to modify the negative stereotypes, found mainly in the work of male authors, by offering more attractive portraits of single, independent women. Elizabeth Hamilton dignified the figure of the "old maid" by creating the characters of Martha Goodwin, Maria Fielding and Mrs. Mason. The aim of this article is to analyse the similarities between Hamilton herself and Mrs. Fielding in Memoirs of Modern Philosophers (1800), as well as comment on how Hamilton used her fictional counterpart to explore her own ideas on women's education, marriage or spinsterhood. With a character like Mrs. Fielding, Hamilton not only created a positive role for old maids like herself but showed her readers that it was possible for an unmarried woman to have a varied, interesting, useful and fulfilled life.

The Inoperative Community in The Bell Jar: The Sharing of Interrupted Myth

In this essay I intend to offer an analysis of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar (1963) that goes beyond the scope of the confessional and feminist readings which have prevailed in Plathian studies. Following the critical interest raised by the notion of community and its problematic relationship with individual subjectivity in recent decades, I draw on Jean-Luc Nancy's understanding of "community" (1985-1986) in order to offer an alternative interpretation of The Bell Jar. The theoretical framework which inspires this essay declares the impossibility of an operative community which actually fulfils the natural longing of all human beings for immanence and transcendence. I argue that The Bell Jar actually tackles the interruption of two long-standing myths -- the possibility of community and the assertion of autonomy of the self. Since the latter has already been addressed by several authors as a central issue in Plath's novel, I here focus on how she deals with the shattered myth of community. Far from being a narcissistic account of private traumas, the novel is paradoxically an attempt to share with others a universal plight -- the overwhelming sense of humans as exposed and finite beings facing the absence of a community of immanence. Ironically, it is the sharing of that disturbing truth which allows the emergence of community in Plath's novel.

Woody Guthrie’s “Songs Against Franco”

In 1952 Woody Guthrie wrote a series of songs condemning the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. These songs were never published or recorded. The present article, based on research at the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the first study of Guthrie's anti-Franco writings, situating them in the context of Guthrie's abiding anti-fascism amidst the repressive political culture of McCarthyism. Guthrie's Songs Against Franco are also placed within the broader history of the songs of the Spanish Civil War as they were adopted and perpetuated in American leftist circles following the defeat of the Second Spanish Republic. Written coterminously with the onset of Guthrie's fatal Huntington's disease, they are the legacy of his final assault on what he perceived to be the transplanting of embryonic fascism into the US, a small but coherent body of work yoking the Spanish past to Guthrie's American present.

Toward an Affective Problematics: A Deleuze-Guattarian Reading of Morality and Friendship in Toni Morrison's Sula

It might sound rather convincing to assume that we owe the pleasure of reading the novel form to our elemental repository of physical perception, to our feelings. This would be true only if mere feelings could add up to something more than just emotions, to some deep understanding of the human. After all, a moment of epiphany, where we begin to realize things that dramatically disturb our normal state of mind, is not just emotional, nor indeed a simple moment. Despite its root in the corporeal, a mo(ve)ment of affective realization reaches beyond the realm of the human and opens up the plane of virtual potentials. In this work, we intend to map out the points and relations of affective singularity that pervade the narrative of Toni Morrison's Sula (1973). Also, we will discuss how these mo(ve)ments of sensation give form to Sula's and Nel's experiences and contribute to an affective transformation in morality and friendship.

Under the Radar: Jess Walter’s The Zero and the State of Irony and Satire after 9/11

This article explores a typically overlooked novel within the corpus of post-9/11 fiction, Jess Walter's The Zero (2006), and puts forward some hypotheses for this under-examination. The article suggests that the various debates that arose in the aftermath of 9/11 -- the status of fiction after tragedy, the theses on the demise of irony and satire, the high expectations put on canonical authors to give meaning to the event, and standardized explorations of the figure of the terrorist Other -- all served to construct readings for The Zero that fell within prescriptive approaches to post-9/11 fiction and thus missed its highly subversive potential. While recent academic output is starting to explore The Zero in innovative ways, early reception failed to examine it conceptually and formally, favoring as it did a trauma studies approach that resulted in a bland analysis of the novel's focus on terrorist figures. This article offers a reading of The Zero through Mikhail Bakhtin's theorization of satirical carnivalization, a practice that is especially suited to construct a dialogic, polyphonic and inquisitive narrative to not only question but dialogue with the post-9/11 United States.

Unexpected Alliances: Friendship and Agency in US Breast Cancer Theater

As theorists from different fields have proved, the hegemonic discourse has excluded women from the grammar of friendship, pitching them as rivals as a requisite for the survival of patriarchy. However, real life and cultural products provide evidence that women are capable of friendship, even in isolating contexts like life-threatening disease. With an interdisciplinary approach that bridges female illness and feminist friendship via drama, this paper analyzes three plays in which bonding in the context of breast cancer is placed center stage. Friendship is presented as a form of agency that allows for the construction of a network within which the cancer patient finds tools to resist the androcentric medical discourse and to recover her capacity to decide and act. This process echoes the philosophy of the Women's Health and Breast Cancer movements in a productive feedback loop between social movements and their related cultural repertoires.

Exorcising Personal Traumas / Silencing History: Jennifer Johnston’s The Invisible Worm

Jennifer Johnston's novel The Invisible Worm (1991) is an exemplary trauma narrative, both stylistically and thematically. It centres on the consciousness of its protagonist -- Laura -- and narrates her painful and protracted psychological process of coming to terms with a past marked by repeated sexual abuse by her father, which culminates in rape, and her mother's consequent suicide. Yet The Invisible Worm is also a contemporary example of the Irish Big House novel, a genre that articulates the identitarian, historical and social plights of the Anglo-Irish. My intention in this article is to consider how the narrative's evident interest in the personal dimension of Laura's traumas works to obviate the socio-historical and political elements that have also contributed to the protagonist's predicament. I will also analyse the different treatment afforded to the individual and the collective past: while the novel is explicit and optimistic in the case of Laura's personal story, it remains reluctant to speak out about historical evils, with the result that, at the end of the novel, although freed from her personal traumas, Laura remains the prisoner of her historical legacy.

“A Dangerous Love”: Ben Okri’s Persisting Commitment to Literary Experimentation

A once high-profile post-colonial writer, it is noticeable that the London-Nigerian novelist and essayist Ben Okri has all but dropped out of view as far as the literary establishment is concerned. While his earlier works still receive much academic attention and are deemed highly influential, critical engagements with his later fiction are almost non-existent. With this in mind, our aim is to map out the many transformations the author's work has gone through and offer explanations as to the reasons behind certain negative receptions of the author's work. To understand the new directions the author's current writings have taken, one must analyse the totality of his novelistic writings as a single collective body striving towards a sustained renovation of the literary form. Our premise is that this experimentation might, contrary to its aim, be hampering the author's success, and our study shall, therefore, examine in detail the experimental nature of these later works and offer a series of perceptions as to their possible shortcomings.

“I Have Always Been a Writer”: An Interview with Evelyn Conlon

Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty, eds. 2014. Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory

Silvia Pellicer-Ortín. 2015. Eva Figes’ Writings: A Journey through Trauma

Brenda M. Boyle, ed. 2015. The Vietnam War. Topics in Contemporary North American Literature

John Knox. (1588) 2016. El primer toque de la trompeta contra el monstruoso gobierno de las mujeres. Tratado contra María Tudor y otras reinas de la edad moderna. Estudio preliminar, traducción y notas de José Luis Martínez-Dueñas y Rocío G. Sumillera

María Jesús Lorenzo-Modia, ed. 2016. Ex-Sistere: Women's Mobility in Contemporary Irish, Welsh and Galician Literatures

Barry Forshaw, ed. 2016. Crime Uncovered: Detective. // Fiona Peters and Rebecca Stewart, eds. 2016. Crime Uncovered: Antihero

Elena Oliete-Aldea, Beatriz Oria and Juan A. Tarancón, eds. 2016. Global Genres, Local Films: The Transnational Dimension of Spanish Cinema

Goretti García Morales, María Isabel González Cruz, Carmen Isabel Luján García and María Jesús Rodríguez Medina. 2016. La presencia del inglés en la publicidad televisiva española (2013-2015)

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