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Call for Papers

The year 2023 marks the 80th anniversary of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, written in 1942 and published in France in April 1943. This work remains as one of the most translated books on the planet, which permeates several generations and age groups. Moreover, it represents the most universal philosophy of life through the childlike eyes of the child character, reflecting, above all, on the great values that guide our lives.
In honour of this literary work, so often appropriated by children, which according to Cabral (2023) symbolizes the poem itself in the broad sense of creation or invention through language, of giving the subject word and giving the word voice, we propose starting from Saint-Exupéry's "(po)ethic [which] remains as current, as precise, and as urgent as it was eighty years ago" (Cabral, 2023, our translation) to reflect on contemporary literary production that is inscribed in an intercultural and interartistic dialogue. Like The Little Prince, other generalistic literary works have become specialised, namely in children and youth literature, flying away from the pages of the books that contain them and reach the stage, the screen, or other less usual artistic forms. They even become two- or three-dimensional pieces of art, transform themselves into other literary forms, such as a poem or even fanfic. However, the opposite also happens and what started as a movie (consider the Star Wars trilogies) also transmutes into books, comics, new series and the like. The possibilities are thus endless, as are the works that can be the starting point for these metamorphoses.
We also aim at exploring, analysing, and discussing bordering topics in a constant search for textuality and intertextuality in a global context and, therefore, liable to various intersemiotic, multimodal, and intermedial readings.


Maria de Jesus Cabral

University of Minho

Maria de Jesus Cabral is Professor of French Literature (19th-20th century) and affiliated member of the CEHUM at the University of Minho, Portugal. She is the author of Mallarmé hors frontières, the result of her doctoral thesis (2005). Her work focuses on Symbolist poetics, starting from Mallarmé, from a cross-border perspective (Belgian, Swiss and Portuguese literature), with a particular interest in the relationship between theatre and literary reading. She has also devoted several works to the literary production of Saint-Exupéry, about whom she  wrote a first thesis titled Saint-Exupéry: itinéraires fictionnels (1997).

Since 2012, her research and teaching have also involved a dialogue between literature and medicine. She is particularly interested in the possible application of theatre and literary reading in medical education and as a laboratory for ethical issues. She is a member of the Ethics Committee for Research in Life and Health Sciences at UMinho.

Committed to multilingualism and scientific francophony, she co-created in 2003 the APEF (Association Portugaise d'Études Françaises) of which she is currently Honorary President, and the journal Carnets, an electronic journal of French studies, in 2009, which she directed between 2015 and 2022. She is a founding member of the research group LEA! Lire en Europe Aujourd'hui (coord. Franc Schuerewegen), of which she is a member of the Board.

She is also a translator, in particular of critical works on literary thought and translation (Ricoeur, Kristeva, Grandmont, Heidmann, Trouvé)

Latest co-edited works: Poetics and practices of the Gift (2021), Touch: medical, artistic and literary prospections (2020), Doctors, carers, let's dare literature. A virtual laboratory for ethical reflection (2022), Lectures de la fatigue (2023).

Begoña Regueiro Salgado

Faculty of Education and Teacher Training at the Complutense University of Madrid

Begoña Regueiro Salgado (https://www.ucm.es/dlaef/begona-regueiro-salgado; ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1583-8693; Scopus. Researcher ID: 57197720312) is Professor of Children's Literature and Literary Education in the Faculty of Education and Teacher Training at the Complutense University of Madrid. Director of the UCM Research Group "ELLI (Educación Literaria y Literatura Infantil") and until 2017 member of the UCM Research Groups "La Otra Edad de Plata" and LEETHI ("Literaturas españolas y europeas del texto al hipermedia"). Author of more than seventy academic works focused on Spanish Romanticism, literature of the Silver Age (“la Edad de Plata”), poetics in the transition from the 20th and 21st centuries, didactics of literature, and children's literature. From 2013 to 2018, she was director of the UCM journal "Didáctica. Lengua y Literatura". From 2016 to 2019, she was coordinator of the Humanities section of the El Escorial Courses at the Complutense University of Madrid. She currently coordinates the departmental section of Didactics of Spanish Language and Literature at the Faculty of Education.

In the literary field, she is the author of the poetry collections Alma soñada (GEEPP, 2009), Diosas de barro (Devenir, 2012), Versos de piel (Lastura, 2016), Dos mil doce (Lastura, 2020) and Ser raíz (2022). He has also participated in thirteen national and international poetry anthologies. Between 2000 and 2015, she edited the literary creation magazine Otras Palabras and, in addition to Otras Palabras, she has published short stories and poems in creative magazines and academic journals specialising in literature. Between 2005-2014 she coordinated monthly literary recitals and literary gatherings in "Artépolis", "Café el Despertar", "La Marabunta" and "El gato verde". From 2005 to the present, she frequently participates in events and literary fairs. In 2010 she was the second 'Peers Visiting Writer' at the University of Liverpool, in the context of the E. Allison Peers Centenary, and, in 2019, she participated as a guest poet in I Seminar "Poems. Versando la música", organised by Centro Asociado a la UNED.


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