Publication of September 2022 issue of Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies – “Cultures of Travel: Tourism, Pilgrimage, Migration”

Dear Colleagues,

We take great pleasure in announcing the publication of the September 2022 issue of Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. The special issue, “Cultures of Travel: Tourism, Pilgrimage, Migration,” is guest edited by Professor Candida Syndikus, Director of the Graduate Institute of Art History at National Taiwan Normal University. This special issue features five research articles. There are also two research articles on general topics. All articles are available on our website; for more information please visit

Justin Prystash
Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies


Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Vol. 48 No. 2 (September 2022)
Special Issue “Cultures of Travel: Tourism, Pilgrimage, Migration”
Guest Editor: Candida Syndikus


Introduction: Cultures of Travel / Candida Syndikus

The Travail of Travel: Compassion as Emotional Labor in Ancrene WisseYu-Ching Wu

Valdichiana and the Rise of Florence in the Late Fourteenth and Early Fifteenth Centuries: A Road to Rome, A Road to Territorial Power / Koching Chao

Travel in Search of Knowledge in Early Hadith Science: al-Rāmahurmuzī’s Conception of al-riḥla fī ṭalab al-ʿilm in al-Muḥaddith al-fāṣil bayna al-rāwī wa-l-wāʿīI-Wen Su

Material Culture, Memory, and Mobility: Emily Georgiana Kemp’s Travels in China / Juanjuan Wu

Suffering at a Distance: Fatih Akin’s Iconoclastic Cinema and the Limits of Compassion / Jonas Teupert

Literary and Cultural Criticism
Radical Genre: Simon Critchley and Slavoj Žižek on the Comic / Chi-Fang Chen

Self-Destructive Double Questers: A Psychosocial Study of Suicide in Paul Auster’s The Locked Room / Maryam Soltan Beyad, Hossein Nazari, and Mona Jafari

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