Legenda, the book imprint of the Modern Humanities Research Association for new research, today announces its newest book series: Visual Culture, chaired by Carolin Duttlinger. Full details of the series and its first five titles can be found at http://www.mhra.org.uk/series/vc. Two of those titles will appear in autumn 2021 (this one and this one), with more to follow in 2022.

Visual culture is a vibrant and fast-growing field which showcases the interdisciplinary nature of research in Modern Languages and the Humanities more generally. The new Legenda series Visual Culture reflects the dynamism of this field. It publishes cutting-edge monographs and edited collections on any aspect of global visual culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. In line with this expansive scope, areas of interest include photography, advertising, memorials, urban visual studies, installation and performance art, commercial art and design, museum and gallery studies, and text-image relations in a variety of media and contexts.

Carolin Duttlinger, the first General Editor to chair the series, says:

Visual culture is a rich, dynamic, and innovative area of Modern Languages research. I'm excited to be heading this new series, which will provide a home and focal point for both emerging and established scholars working in this field.

Joining her on the Editorial Committee are:

  • Ita Mac Carthy (Italian; University of Durham),
  • Katherine M. H. Reischl (Russian Literature and Visual Studies; Princeton University),
  • Noa Roei (Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis; University of Amsterdam),
  • Frederic J. Schwartz (History of Art; University College London),
  • Lindsay Smith (English; University of Sussex),
  • Paul Julian Smith (Comparative Literature, City University of New York), and
  • Edward Welch (French; University of Aberdeen).

Books in the Visual Culture series are fully illustrated. As with all Legenda publications, they are initially published in hardcover and ebook editions, and subsequently as affordable paperbacks. No subvention or other funding from authors is required. As publisher of Legenda, the MHRA is conscious that rights fees are an increasing burden for scholarly authors in visual culture, and particularly for early career researchers who may have less access to institutional funding. The Trustees have therefore agreed, for a period of three years in the first instance, to look sympathetically at applications for grants of up to £500 per title to reimburse authors in the Visual Culture series in cases where more direct sources of funding (from research grants or departmental allowances) have been unavailable.

Jonathan Long, the chair of the Legenda imprint, adds:

I’m delighted that Legenda is launching this exciting new series and publishing cutting-edge research that recognises the increasing diversity of modern languages as an evolving discipline.

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