Call for Paper: „Eros: Representations and Metamorphoses“, RILUNE

CFP: Eros: Representations and Metamorphoses

Number 13 of RILUNE (November 2019) will be dedicated to Eros: Representations and Metamorphoses.

Proposals – in Italian, French or English – should be submitted by 15 September 2018 to Proposals should not exceed 500 words and should include a bibliography and a bio-bibliography of no more than 150 words. All selected articles will be subjected to a procedure of double-blind peer review. The maximum length of the article should not exceed 40.000 characters (including spaces). The articles should be written in one of the European languages (French, Italian, English, Spanish, German, etc.) Editorial guidelines are available online at


Eros: Representations and Metamorphoses 

Eros, as a character and as a concept, has been an essential part of Western culture since ancient times. Plato’s “daemon”, introduced in the Symposium and in the Phaedrus as a way to the Truth and the Divine, has never ceased to reappear in different forms throughout the ages, and to acquire either positive or negative meanings over time and across cultures. Perceived as a tantalising demon by the monks of the desert, represented as a shooting cherub by neoclassical artists, regarded as a vital impetus in psychoanalytic theory, Eros has been changing constantly. Its vitality can be accounted for easily, in that whoever talks about Eros talks about love. Indeed, whatever the word we use to denote it – philia, agape, amour, amore, Liebe –, we are commonly referring to our desires, our impulses, our intimacy, which are aspects that have always been central and problematic in Western society, and which have inspired the works of countless artists and authors. From the tragic love stories of our literary past, to the Romantics’ description of the pains of love; from the Surrealists’ artworks of the 20th century, to the lack of communication characteristic of our postmodern era, there is hardly any author, artist, or thinker who has not dealt with the themes of love and desire.

As Denis de Rougemont has observed in L’amour et l’Occident (1956), Western civilisation has been obsessed with a type of cursed, chaste, and unhappy love originating from the myth of Tristan and Iseult and permeating its literary and artistic production since the Middle Ages. In the 20th century different methods of research started to be applied to the analysis of literary texts, noticeably the psychoanalytic method established by Freud – who was the first to discuss Eros in psychoanalytic terms (Freud, 1905) – and modernised by his successors (Jung, 1926; Lacan, 1966), particularly with respect to love and desire. Thereafter, Eros has been investigated by philosophers (Marcuse, 1955; Fromm, 1956; Girard, 1961; Deleuze and Guattari, 1972) and sociologists (Baudrillard, 1970; Bauman, 2003), who have continued to regard desire as a central component of our modern consciousness, whereas Michel Foucault, in his Cours au Collège de France (1975, 1981), has pointed out how desire has developed, since ancient times, into a hermeneutics of the subject. More recently the debate has livened up thanks to the contribution of Gender studies and Women’s studies (Irigaray, 1984; Butler, 1990; Braidotti, 1994; Lorde, 2005), with their compelling arguments about the formation of the subject and of his/her desire.

Number 13 of RILUNE aims at investigating the many representations of Eros – Eros as (erotic) desire and/or as a powerful force – abounding in the literatures of Europe throughout history.

In this light, priority will be given to articles that:

  • analyse works of literature (novels, poems, dramatic texts, comic books, etc.) that come from different cultural and linguistic areas and/or from different ages, in order to observe Eros’ transformations and evolution;
  • present a transdisciplinary approach to the topic at hand.

Articles may try to answer the following questions:

  1. How has the theme of Eros been reworked? In what forms has it manifested itself across time and space? How has it been characterised over time and across cultures? Is there a time when it disappeared from the literary landscape? How have the authors dealt with censure?
  2. How do representations of Eros define the literature of an age and of a linguistic area?
  3. Drawing upon Gender and Women’s studies, how has the relationship between one’s identity formation and the issue of sexual difference been treated in literature?
  4. Taking into account the oral tradition, what could be the value of Eros in the initiation rites?

In addition to such questions, the editors will welcome articles that will add something new to the debate.

Important dates:

Submission of proposals: by 15 September 2018

Notification of acceptance to prospective contributors: by 15 October 2018

Submission of individual articles to the editors: by 31 January 2019

Notification of acceptance of the articles: by 31 March 2019

Submission of final manuscripts: by 30 June 2019

Publication: November 2019

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