Call for Papers

Volume XLV (2023)

Understanding Primo Levi

Deadline: April 15, 2023

On April 22nd, the Transnational Italian Studies of Bryn Mawr College organized a symposium dedicated to the memory of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Patruno (1941-2020) titled Understanding Primo Levi, after Patruno’s milestone book. In Understanding Primo Levi, Patruno defined Levi as a writer of "encyclopedic vein" and argued that his significance as an artist and a communicator lay in the fusion of his scientific sensibilities and literary creativity. In keeping with the spirit of Patruno’s scholarship, the 2023 special issue of NIS invites papers that illuminate the work of Primo Levi from a broad range of perspectives.  We are pleased to publish innovative and insightful criticism into Levi’s prose, lyric, essays, translations, interviews, short stories, and science fiction tales, as well as investigations of the publication, reception, and re-interpretation of his works, including cinematographic adaptations and theatrical performances.  Thirty-five years after his death, Primo Levi remains one of the most widely read Italian writers, in Italy and abroad. His works are also read and examined in courses well beyond Italian literature and language, including Jewish studies and Holocaust studies, comparative literature, history, psychology, and philosophy, and in discussing violence and guilt within the context of moral and ethical behavior. 

In this monographic issue of NeMLA Italian Studies new interdisciplinary investigations on Levi will intersect with the most recent scholarship to move beyond the barriers that all too often have created compartmentalized scholarly inquiries. Thus our volume will offer additional tools to engage scholars with an author who is regarded as one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century.

NeMLA Italian Studies has a blind reader policy, and the editorial staff will erase the personal information from the copy sent for evaluation to each of the readers. We encourage submissions by graduate students and by established scholars of all ranks.

Article-length submissions should not exceed 10,000 words, including notes and a list of only works cited (not general bibliography). Articles can be either in English or Italian. Submissions are subject to double-blind peer-review and published contributions are indexed and abstracted widely. 

Please supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your submission. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter/message that includes the author’s relevant affiliations, a U.S. or international postal address, and an e-mail address. Contributors need to submit, in order, their name and work affiliation at the end of the article. Manuscripts for articles should be submitted to and/or as attachments in Microsoft Word format. Attachments should be marked with the last name of the contributor, followed by the name/subject of the paper (Dunne/Boccaccio — Dunne/Postmodern).

Once accepted, all contributions must follow the MLA Stylebook, 7th ed., and be print-ready. All articles should be double-spaced, including notes, which must be endnote-formatted. All manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s) and the author(s) assume all responsibility for obtaining written permission for unpublished or published material quoted in excess of fair use and/or for the reprinting of illustrations any illustrations. Images may be submitted as digital files (.tiff or high quality .jpgs) at least 300 dpi. Since images take up space normally reserved for text, please keep any such materials to a minimum 

Please direct questions and correspondence to: and

The deadline for article submission is April 15, 2023.