Journal of Romance Studies

Interdisciplinary Research in French, Hispanic, Italian and Portuguese Cultures

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General Editors: Catherine Davies and Katia Pizzi, Institute of Modern Languages Research

Published in association with the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The Journal of Romance Studies (JRS) promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences and anthropology.

One themed issue and two open issues are published each year. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures is also included. Articles published in the journal cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.

Subjects: Romance Studies, Literature, Cultural Studies

Current Issue

Volume 14, Issue 3, Winter 2014


SPECIAL ISSUE: Mutating Cities

Introduction: Mutating cities: Palimpsestic traces in the urban context
Claire Launchbury and Cara Levey


Roman Fever: Anarchiving Eternal Rome, from Roman Holiday to Petrolio
Dom Holdaway and Filippo Trentin

Writing the city: London as urban palimpsest in Louis Ferdinand Céline’s Guignol’s Band I & II
Claire Lozier

Shameful things in the city: Writing and re-righting colonial urban space in José Luandino Vieira’s Luuanda
Paul Melo e Castro

The ‘other’ Havana of Leonardo Padura Fuentes: Palimpsests, heterotopias and cultural subversion in La neblina del ayer
Diana Battaglia

Between marginalization and decentralization of memory: Peripheral palimpsests in post-dictatorship Buenos Aires and Montevideo
Cara Levey

Barcelona’s permeable monument: Fontserè’s Umbracle and the Parc de la Ciutadella
Robert Davidson



The palimpsestic imagination
Max Silverman