Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

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Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

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The Call for Papers that preceded, and invited submissions to, this special issue welcomed essays engaging the rich etymology and history of the word "romance," a word that the Oxford English Dictionary requires three full pages to address. Mosaic sought submissions on a wide range of potential topics, including the figure of the "romantic," the roman, romantic fiction, Romanticism, "the Romantics," and the state of the love story in literature and film. Releasing such a Call is one of the great privileges of an editor, or so I have found, never yet having been disappointed, or left unsurprised, by the number and diversity of responses each Call receives. The current special issue attests to this kind of receptivity, ranging as it does from "Snuff Fiction" to "ecoromance," from Hardy to Artaud, and from Don Quixote to Kill Bill. The essays collected in this special issue represent the "cream of the crop," in that every submission Mosaic receives is vetted, through a blind process, by at least three reviewers who are selected from the journal's world-wide pool of experts: nameless co-educators who give willingly and freely of their time to evaluate essays in their field of expertise. Without relying on its thousands of reviewers, Mosaic would not be able to publish, consistently, such distinguished scholarship across so wide a multi-disciplinary span.

From October 1-4, 2014, Mosaic will host its fourth international, interdisciplinary conference at the University of Manitoba, A matter of lifedeath. As we recognized at Mosaic before disseminating the conference Call, this topic is a challenging one: I asked myself whether it is too difficult, the same question that occurred to me before sending out the "Freud After Derrida" Call for our last conference in 2010. Then as now, I have been overwhelmed with the number, quality, and multi-disciplinarity of the submissions received. The conference will bring together 109 event presenters from different countries and disciplines along with a projected additional 100 registered participants (all students register at no cost). …

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