FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures

ORCID logoHaun Saussy | University of Chicago
Honorary Editor
Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University
The main aim of the UNESCO-affiliated Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (FILLM) is to encourage dialogue between scholars from all over the world. (Full details of how the Federation goes about this are to be found at

By the end of the twentieth century, FILLM’s mission was taking on considerable urgency. Linguistic and literary research had become steadily more professional and specialized, a development which, though significantly raising overall standards, also tended to divide scholars into many separate and often smallish groupings between which communication was rather sporadic. Over the years this amounted to a serious handicap, not only in terms of new ideas and findings which never got cross-fertilized, but also in terms of the hard economic facts of disciplinary survival. Scholars who concentrated all their attention on just some single area of expertise sometimes found it difficult to convince the holders of governmental or university purse-strings that education and research in languages and literatures was a worthwhile investment.

In the world’s current phase of hyper-rapid globalization, the relative lack of contact between scholars in different subject-areas is a more glaring anomaly than ever. In setting up FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures, FILLM is intensifying still further its efforts to foster a world-wide community of scholars within which a rich diversity of interests will be upheld by a common sense of human relevance. Books published in the series will be about languages and literatures anywhere in the world, and will be written in an English that is immediately understandable and attractive to any likely reader. Every book will present original findings – including new theoretical and methodological developments – which will be of prime interest to those who are experts in its particular field of discussion, but it will do so in a way that can also engage readers who are not experts.

This dual address is the series’ chief hallmark. The overall goals are, on the one hand, to spread detailed insights on particular phenomena from many different countries and, on the other hand, to guard against scholarly provincialism and overspecialization. In this way FILLM is hoping to promote a universal dialogue about linguistic and literary studies which, by clarifying their human raison d’être, will consolidate their professional legitimation.

Edited by Tom Clark
2022. xv, 240 pp.
Edited by Pia Maria Ahlbäck, Jouni Teittinen and Maria Lassén-Seger
2022. ix, 256 pp.
Edited by Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Mark Ittensohn, Enit Karafili Steiner and Olga Timofeeva
2021. xv, 252 pp.
Edited by Gunilla Hermansson and Jens Lohfert Jørgensen
2020. xix, 342 pp.
Roger D. Sell
2020. xii, 425 pp.
Décio Torres Cruz
2019. xv, 325 pp.
Edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Madhu Grover
2019. xix, 363 pp.
Edited by Tommi Alho, Jason Finch and Roger D. Sell
2019. xi, 273 pp.
Roger D. Sell
2019. xii, 396 pp.
Edited by Casie Hermansson and Janet Zepernick
2018. xix, 431 pp.
Raul P. Lejano, Alicia P. Lejano, Josefina D. Constantino, Aaron J.P. Almadro and Mikaella Evaristo
2018. xii, 170 pp.
Anders Pettersson
2017. xiii, 196 pp.
David Lucking
2017. xxii, 192 pp.
Edited by Tom Clark, Emily Finlay and Philippa Kelly
2017. xv, 235 pp.
Elina Siltanen
2016. x, 210 pp.
Jason Finch
2016. xiii, 249 pp.
Edited by Sarah J. Paulson and Anders Skare Malvik
2016. xiii, 265 pp.
Edited by Theo D’haen, Iannis Goerlandt and Roger D. Sell
2015. xv, 280 pp.
Editorial Board
ORCID logoMeenakshi Bharat | University of Delhi
ORCID logoTom Clark | Victoria University, Melbourne
Sonia Faessell | University of New Caledonia
ORCID logoLuisa Granato | National University of La Plata
Gu Yueguo | The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
John Noyes | University of Toronto
Philippe-Joseph Salazar | University of Cape Town
Tatania Venediktova | Moscow University
Advisory Board
ORCID logoPia Maria Ahlbäck | Åbo Akademi University, Nominated by KTS – The Finnish Literary Research Society
ORCID logoPetra Broomans | University of Groningen, Nominated by IASS - International Association for Scandinavian Studies
Rudong Chen | Peking University, Nominated by GRS – Global Rhetoric Society
ORCID logoErik Doxtader | University of South Carolina, Nominated by ARCSA - Association for Rhetoric and Communication in Southern Africa
Sebastian Feller | Growth - competency based education, Nominated by IADA – International Association for Dialogue Analysis
ORCID logoFabio Finotti | University of Pennsylvania, Nominated by AISLLI - Associazione internazionale per gli studi di lingua e letteratura italiana
Elisabeth Jay | Oxford Brookes University, Nominated by IAUPE - International Association of University Professors of English
ORCID logoPhilippa Kelly | California Shakespeare Theater, Nominated by AULLA - Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association
ORCID logoPaula Krebs | MLA, Nominated by MLA – The Modern Language Association
Liam Lanigan | Governors State University, Nominated by ALUS – Association for Literary Urban Studies
ORCID logoBénédicte Ledent | University of Liège, Nominated by ACLALS - Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies
Liliane Louvel | Poitiers University, Nominated by ESSE – European Society for the Study of English
ORCID logoDiana Luz Pessoa de Barros | University of São Paulo, Nominated by ALFAL - Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina
Daniela Merolla | Leiden University, Nominated by ISOLA - International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa
ORCID logoJean-Marc Moura | Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, Nominated by ICLA - International Comparative Literature Association
Tanja Nathanael | The University of Southern Mississippi, Nominated by ChLA – Children’s Literature Association
S. Ade Ojo | Le Village Français du Nigeria, Nominated by WAMLA - West African Modern Languages Association
María Alejandra Vitale | Universidad de Buenos Aires

The series welcomes submissions. Book proposals, preferably structured along the lines indicated in our Guidelines for Book Proposals, can be sent to the editor: hsaussy at

When you are instructed to prepare your manuscript for production, please follow the Guidelines for Manuscript Submission.


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