The JOLCEL spring issue of 2021 is a thematic issue about one of the central concepts in the name of the journal itself: cosmopolitanism. The name JOLCEL refers to Latin cosmopolitanism and European Literatures. The three articles assembled in the journal's fifth issue demonstrate how literature created concepts of cosmopolitanism to explore the fissures between (historical) imperialism and idealisations of that imperialism by means of cosmopolitan ideologies.
Contributions to the Journal treat topics that cross traditional chronological and linguistic boundaries. From the first century AD to roughly the eighteenth century, Latin remained the standard equipment of the European author and his/her reader and functioned as an undercurrent through European history. Through its constant interactions with other languages with cosmopolitan standing (Greek, Arabic and Hebrew) and with the rapidly changing literary production in the vernaculars, Latin strongly defined Europe’s literary identity.
Jeroen De Gussem
Maxim Rigaux (coordinator)
Dinah Wouters (coordinator)