A ‘line field’ is text on a page. A field is a tract of ground on which something grows. ‘Fields’ are the environments (context, co-text, genre, medium, culture, history) within which texts are produced and read, interact, and change. The field metaphor seeks to valorise the dynamic of literature. This is the purpose of LINE FIELDS.

LINE FIELDS is an open-access, peer-reviewed series of independent papers dealing with all aspects of the textual field. Emphasis is placed on such concerns as give the MMES its highly individual identity. Our fields are the cultural areas of transition and conflict but equally those of mediation and compromise. We are concerned with history, periodization and demarcation matters, with interactions and processes in the literary ‘fields’; with the fertile though often neglected fields between literature and folklore, between tradition and modernity, between canonical and popular cultures; with the ‘zones’ that make such a prominent part of Postmodernist fiction, but equally with the ‘heterotopias’ of horror or science-fiction. We focus on the betwixt-and-between nature of visual poetry, the intermedial character of drama and film, the différance between languages that is verbalised in translation, the intangible time-frontiers in postcolonial studies. We cater to the interdisciplinary and the intertextual. If there is anything contemporary criticism is alert to, it is the existence of ‘fields’ which were invisible a generation ago—when a narrowly defined literary canon seemed to be the only field worth cultivating or harvesting.


Scope and Aims

Part of the purpose of LINE FIELDS is to publish suitable work arising from the MMES Research Seminar currently underway: this includes the texts of the LinE Lectures series initiated in the fall of 2013, as well as selected papers from the work-in-progress talks to commence in 2014. Postgraduate dissertations, critical editorial work, applications of linguistic theory, folkloristics or aesthetics to literary concerns, are all eligible for publication in LINE FIELDS. The flexible design of the series ensures that neither length nor time-limits (in the form of deadlines) will hinder eligibility. The series aims to give visibility to valuable work produced within this MA programme; to provide feedback both to authors and to the programme itself; and to actively involve students in the MMES. But these might soon become self-serving, parochial aims; LINE FIELDS seeks rather to offer a forum for quality research from Spain and abroad, on the basis that this alone will guarantee excellence.

The thrust of the series is methodological. It caters mainly though not exclusively to the paper as work-in-progress, to the step-by-step analysis, to the partial result. This does not mean renouncing quality. Papers must be consistent; a thesis statement and a solid argumentation are expected, as is competence in the handling of sources, notes and bibliography. Academic rigour is a must. We put a premium upon clarity of exposition. Authors submitting a paper to LINE FIELDS are enjoined to comply scrupulously with the criteria laid down in the Instructions for Authors below, particularly in matters of lay-out and style; this will also minimize delays between acceptance of the paper and actual publication.


Editorial Board


General Editor: Manuel Aguirre

Managing Editor: Esteban Pujals

Associate Editor: Belén Piqueras

Copy Editor: Robert K. Shepherd


Advisory Board: has yet to be constituted


Publications format

Single papers, in three suggested formats:

a) full monographs

b) articles (6000-9000 words)

c) shorter papers (3000-6000 words)

The Editors will consider shorter pieces (reports, notes or queries, etc.) on an individual basis.


Instructions for authors

On matters of style authors are referred to M. Aguirre & C. Farrell 2007 “A Style-Guide for Research Students in English Literature” (http://www.limenandtext.com/pdf/2.pdf. The MHRA Style Guide, published by the Modern Humanities Research Association, is favoured; this is now available free as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file at http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml.



LINE FIELDS welcomes contributions from both new and experienced scholars. All papers are to be submitted electronically to the following e-mail address: belen.piqueras@uam.es. The main body of the text of all submissions should bear no author’s name, but the submission should be preceded by a single cover page containing full title of the paper, author’s name, affiliation and a brief CV, an abstract of the paper in the range of 100-150 words, and a list of up to eight key-words. Authors must ensure that their submission does not contain any identifying information (e.g., the author’s name and all data tending to identify him/her should be replaced by XXX in the references). Papers must be in WORD and use the WORD default settings; a twelve-point Times New Roman font is preferred. Text should be double spaced. Notes should be foot-notes, not end-notes. Right margins should not be justified.


Review Policy

LINE FIELDS uses a double-blind peer-review policy. All submissions are read by two anonymous referees who do not have access to the cover page. They provide the Editor with an unsigned written report containing a reasoned commentary and a recommendation whether or not to publish. The Editor will abide by the referees’ recommendations, which shall be binding; the Editor may call on a third reader in the event of a tie, or may use his own discretion.

Authors will be contacted by the Editors about editorial decisions within no more than three months after submission.



No fees are involved. Authors’ work is protected by a Creative Commons Licence. In the event of a paper submitted by more than one author, a special consent form will be signed by each individual party. Once a paper has appeared in LINE FIELDS, no publication in another journal etc., printed or online, will be allowed without prior written consent from the Editors; after a suitable time following publication (two years seems appropriate), such permission will normally not be withheld. If and when this happens, the author will ensure that the new publication carries an acknowledgment of LINE FIELDS as the original venue.

When submitting a paper, authors engage to abide by these conditions, and particularly agree that their paper has not been published previously (except as part of an academic thesis), and that it is not being submitted to any other venue while under consideration for LINE FIELDS.



For editorial matters, m.aguirre@uam.es
Regarding submissions, belen.piqueras@uam.es