We are pleased to present a selection of articles that focus on a wide range of innovative topics relevant to contemporary discourses. We are especially excited to include two articles on medieval themes. The first analyzes three female characters in the medieval French romance Partonopeu de Blois to show female empowerment through the subversion of courtly and patriarchal conventions; the second focuses on the English Abbot Ælfric, the author of hagiographies, homilies, and biblical commentaries. “Continuums, Simultaneity and Politics in Contemporary Latin American Authors” and “The Sensorial, Biocentric Philosophy of Michel Serres and Michel Onfray: Rehabilitating the Human Body” explore the intersection of science and literature, while “Lyric Subversions: The Case of James Merrill” and “Defying Death: Stigmas and Rewards of Immortality in Taoist and Gothic Literature Traditions” pursue intertextual connections, ambiguous representations of female characters, and possibilities for transgression and transcendence. Although the articles are diverse in their topics...

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