Monographic Issue: Contagion and Illness in the Time of Galdós
Proposal Submission Deadline (250 words): November 30, 2020
Article Submission Deadline (maximum 10,000 words): April 16, 2021
Expected Publication Date: November 2021

Toni Dorca (Macalester College)
Sara Muñoz-Muriana (Dartmouth College)
Gabrielle Miller (Baylor University)

The death of Benito Pérez Galdós on January 4, 1920 coincided with the final months of an influenza pandemic that began in the spring of 1918. Curiously, and in one of the many historical parallels so often found in his fiction, the commemoration of the centennial of Galdós’ death in 2020 has been similarly affected by the devastating coronavirus pandemic.

This unfortunate coincidence serves as a pretext, and perhaps even as catharsis, for the creation of a monographic issue of Anales Galdosianos dedicated to literary and cultural representations of plagues, contagions, bodily diseases, and mental disorders in nineteenth-century Spain. To this end, the journal welcomes essay proposals for topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • “Classicism is health, romanticism is disease” (Goethe): spleen and mal du siècle.

  • Urban psychoses.

  • Poverty and disease in the rural world.

  • Contagion and social class.

  • Visual and cultural representations of plagues in nineteenth-century Spain.

  • “Where are the minor illnesses that are very common in real life?” (Conan Doyle): cough, colds, flu, wounds, vomiting, tonsillitis, hives, rashes, scarlet fever, etc.

  • Childhood illnesses.

  • Gender, sexuality and disease.

  • Decadence and degeneration at the end of the century.

Proposals written in English, Spanish, Galician, or Catalan should be sent in a Word document (.doc or .docx) to:

Toni Dorca

The deadline for receiving proposals is, as indicated, on November 30, 2020.

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