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The international editorial board is pleased to announce the publication of altrelettere, a new, peer-reviewed and open access digital journal of Italian literature and gender studies, hosted by the University of Zurich. We welcome articles and reviews on any aspect of the topic of writing by and about women in the Italian literary context. There are no chronological limitations and contributions are accepted in all the main European languages. To explore the journal and for further details of how to submit contributions, including the style guide, see:

To Be or Not to Be a Mother: Choice, Refusal, Reluctance and Conflicts -
Motherhood and Female Identity in Italian Literature and Culture

eds. Joy Charnley and Laura Lazzari
Closing date for submission of proposals: 30 November 2014
Closing date for submission of articles: 30 April 2015
Contacts: Joy Charnley, Laura Lazzari
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