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31 January 2013

Legenda launches new Germanic Literatures series 

Legenda, published by Maney and the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), is pleased to announce a major new book series for 2013: Germanic Literatures. It will be one of the largest within the Legenda collection, greatly strengthening coverage of this field.

Germanic Literatures
includes monographs and essay collections on literature originally written not only in German, but also in Dutch and the Scandinavian languages. Within the German-speaking area, it seeks also to publish studies of other national literatures such as those of Austria and Switzerland. The chronological scope of the series extends from the early Middle Ages to the present day.

While the focus of Germanic Literatures is on written culture, Legenda also publishes on German film and television in the Moving Image series. Additionally, material on Yiddish literature and culture can be found within Studies in Yiddish, the only scholarly series in English dedicated to the field.

The new series is chaired by Ritchie Robertson, FBA, Taylor Professor of German at the University of Oxford, and titles are selected by an editorial committee including: Dr Barbara Burns (University of Glasgow), Professor Jane Fenoulhet (University College London), Professor Anne Fuchs (University of Warwick), Professor Susanne Kord (University College London), Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (University College London), Dr Almut Suerbaum (University of Oxford) and Professor John Zilcosky (University of Toronto).

Welcoming the new series, Professor Colin Davis (Royal Holloway), chair of the Legenda Editorial Board, said: “Germanic Literatures recognises the remarkable contribution made by authors working in Germanic languages to world culture, and it is committed to publishing some of the most exciting work currently being done in the field.

Forthcoming titles in the series include: Yvan Goll: The Thwarted Pursuit of the Whole, by Robert Vilain; Sebald’s Bachelors: Queer Resistance and the Unconforming Life, by Helen Finch; Goethe’s Visual World, by Pamela Currie; and German Narratives of Belonging: Writing Generation and Place in the Twenty-First Century, by Linda Shortt. 

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This is just one of a number of major initiatives of the book series. Legenda launched its prestigious Moving Image series in 2012, chaired by Professor Emma Wilson (University of Cambridge), and 2012 also marked the unveiling of the new Legenda website.

Furthermore, 2014 will see the launch of another exciting new series:
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures will be launched in partnership with the Association for Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) and chaired by Professor Trevor Dadson (Queen Mary, University of London).

With over 40 titles in 2013, Legenda serves a wide scholarly community in the humanities. Notable forthcoming titles include
Transformative Change in Western Thought: A History of Metamorphosis from Homer to Hollywood, edited by Ingo Gildenhard and Andrew Zissos; Likenesses: Translation, Illustration, Interpretation, by Matthew Reynolds; and a two-volume edition of the Selected Essays of Malcolm Bowie.