Linguistics: Collections

Legenda Collection Legenda is the MHRA’s book imprint for new research in the Humanities.

Founded in 1995 by Malcolm Bowie and others within the University of Oxford, Legenda has always been a collaborative publishing enterprise, directly governed by scholars. The MHRA joined this collaboration in 1998, became half-owner in 2004, in partnership with Maney Publishing and then Routledge, and has since 2016 been sole owner.

Titles range from medieval texts to contemporary cinema and form a widely comparative view of the modern humanities, including works on Arabic, Catalan, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish literature. Editorial boards and committees of more than 60 leading academic specialists work in collaboration with bodies such as the Society for French Studies, the British Comparative Literature Association and the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Legenda's business affairs are governed by a Management Committee chaired by MHRA's Hon. Treasurer. Editorial decisions are taken by a Board consisting of the Chair of Legenda and of each series's general editor, ex officio. More than 60 academics sit on the Editorial Committees chaired by members of the Board.

Editorial Board

  • Chair (until 1 January 2017): Colin Davis (Royal Holloway)
  • Chair (from 1 January 2017): Jonathan Long (University of Durham)
  • For Germanic Literatures: Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
  • For Italian Perspectives: Simon Gilson (University of Warwick)
  • For Moving Image: Emma Wilson (University of Cambridge)
  • For Research Monographs in French Studies: Diana Knight (University of Nottingham)
  • For Selected Essays: Susan Harrow (University of Bristol)
  • For Studies in Comparative Literature: Duncan Large (British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia)
  • For Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures: Trevor Dadson (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • For Studies in Yiddish: Gennady Estraikh (New York University)
  • For Transcript: Matthew Reynolds (University of Oxford)
  • Managing Editor: Graham Nelson (University of Oxford)

Recently Published Titles

  • Children and Yiddish Literature

    From Early Modernity to Post-Modernity

    By Gennady Estraikh, Kerstin Hoge, Krutikov Mikhail

    Children have occupied a prominent place in Yiddish literature since early modern times, but children’s literature as a genre has its beginnings in the early 20th century. Its emergence reflected the desire of Jewish intellectuals to introduce modern forms of education, and promote ideological…

    Hardback – 2016-07-26

  • Haunted Serbia

    Representations of History and War in the Literary Imagination

    By David Norris

    Haunting is what happens when the past is disturbed and the victims of previous violence, who are thought to be buried and forgotten, are brought back to the present and made to live again. Serbian fiction writers of the 1980s exhume the ghosts of the past, re-remembering the cruelty of the…

    Hardback – 2016-07-25

  • Rethinking Juan Rulfo’s Creative World

    Prose, Photography, Film

    Edited by Nuala Finnegan, Dylan Brennan

    Though primarily known for his haunting, enigmatic novel Pedro Páramo and the unrelenting depictions of the failures of post-revolutionary Mexico in his short story collection, El Llano en llamas, Juan Rulfo also worked as scriptwriter on various collaborative film projects and his powerful…

    Hardback – 2016-07-21

  • Pasolini after Dante

    The 'Divine Mimesis' and the Politics of Representation

    By Emanuela Patti

    What role did Dante play in the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975)? His unfinished and fragmented imitation of the Comedia, La Divina Mimesis, is only one outward sign of what was a sustained dialogue with Dante on representation begun in the early 1950s. During this period, the philologists…

    Hardback – 2016-07-20

  • Translating Myth

    Edited by Ben Pestell, Pietra Palazzolo, Leon Burnett

    Ever since Odysseus heard tales of his own exploits being retold among strangers, audiences and readers have been alive to the complications and questions arising from the translation of myth. How are myths taken and carried over into new languages, new civilizations, or new media? An international…

    Hardback – 2016-07-20

  • Lucidity

    Essays in Honour of Alison Finch

    Edited by Ian James, Emma Wilson

    This collection of essays addresses the question of lucidity as a thematic in literature and film but also as a quality of both expression and insight in literary criticism and critical thought more generally. The essays offer treatments of lucidity in itself and in relation to its opposites, forms…

    Hardback – 2016-07-20

  • Rewriting 'Les Mystères de Paris'

    The 'Mystères Urbains' and the Palimpsest

    By Amy Wigelsworth

    Key works of popular fiction are often rewritten to capitalize on their success. But what are the implications of this rewriting process? Such is the question addressed by this detailed study of several rewritings of Eugène Sue’s Mystères de Paris (1842-43), produced in the latter half of the…

    Hardback – 2016-07-15

  • The Poetry of Ernest Jones

    Myth, Song, and the ‘Mighty Mind’

    By Simon Rennie

    As the last leader of the Chartist movement, Ernest Charles Jones (1819-69) is a significant historical figure, but he is just as well-known for his political verse. His prison-composed epic The New World lays claim to being the first poetic exploration of Marxist historical materialism, and his…

    Hardback – 2016-05-31

  • Poetry and the Leningrad Religious-Philosophical Seminar 1974-1980

    Music for a Deaf Age

    By Josephine von Zitzewitz

    The Religious-Philosophical Seminar, meeting in Leningrad between 1974-1980, was an underground study group where young intellectuals staged debates, read poetry and circulated their own typewritten journal, called ‘37’. The group and its journal offered a platform to poets who subsequently entered…

    Hardback – 2016-05-24

  • The Italian Academies 1525-1700

    Networks of Culture, Innovation and Dissent

    Edited by Jane E. Everson, Denis V Reidy, Lisa Sampson

    The intellectual societies known as Academies played a vital role in the development of culture, and scholarly debate throughout Italy between 1525-1700. They were fundamental in establishing the intellectual networks later defined as the ‘République des Lettres’, and in the dissemination of ideas…

    Hardback – 2016-04-21

  • Aloysius Bertrand's Gaspard de la Nuit

    Beyond the Prose Poem

    By Valentina Gosetti

    Aloysius Bertrand’s Gaspard de la Nuit (1842) is a familiar title to music lovers, thanks to Ravel’s piano work of the same name, and to specialists of French literature, especially those interested in Baudelaire’s prose poetry. Yet until very recently the collection and its author have generally…

    Hardback – 2016-04-05

  • Baudelaire and Photography

    Finding the Painter of Modern Life

    By Timothy Raser

    Hardback – 2015-10-23