The academic profile of our journal corresponds to the research dedicated to the existential literary tropes; it poses a question concerning the singularity of existence which might be recognised in the textualized experiences and subjective projections of one’s identity. A foundational term for our perspective and the trademark of our journal, the “wound” encompasses an idiosyncratic insight into not only literature and culture, but also the relationship between a human being and broadly understood environment. Since our perception of the “wound” exceeds the topics and content of the texts considerably, we connect it with the influential trends of contemporary humanities, that is, the engaged humanities that emphasise care, sensitivity, and empathy.
The chief purpose of our journal is to explore the impacts of wounds, marks, and scars (understood either literally or symbolically) on identity within the field of literary studies. Moreover, we do intend to found a publishing space which endorses the investigations delving into the existential dimension of literature. We perceive the wound as the result of a particular event and an individual trauma, yet simultaneously we acknowledge that suffering is imprinted in not only a scar, but also writing. In a way, the articles we produce, just as those we encourage other authors to submit, are engaged in a two-fold movement: they attempt to decode the meanings behind the wound and then to encode it in their textual fabric. We deem reading the scars and (over)writing (on) them a set of practices vital for all of the parties involved in literary exchange. We ask, therefore, what is the role of the liminal situation for the writing subject and we identify its “sensitive spots”; yet, at the same time, we reach the possibility of reading one’s wound as if it were ours, as if we were “regarding the pain of the others,” which enables us to grow in identity and community, recognise the value of survival, and acknowledge the possibility of change, that is, a metamorphosis or self-transformation. Literary and cultural texts allow us to recognise the wound in writing and, because of writing, to coexist with its representation, whereas our own academic practices, in turn, make it possible to capture the act of writing founded on the wound; it is this dual – affirmative – understanding of the wound that underlies the discussion we initiate.