CFP: Comparative Literature and Global Studies (12/31/04; journal issue)

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Journal of Theory and Criticism
Issue Number 13, 2005


Comparative Literature and Global Studies:
Histories and Trajectories

The recent debates on global literary studies seems to augur that
comparative literature is in the process of rethinking the horizon of its
engagements. Whether in an attempt to revitalise the ethical legacy of a
certain kind of secular universalism, or in an effort to respond to the
challenges of "cognitive mapping" in the era of globalization, the
discipline seems intent on (re)imagining broader vistas than those of an
increasingly provincialized European literary tradition. That this is
occurring at a time when both reading audiences and multilingual literary
markets seem to be on the wane reinforces the need for critical reflection
on the character of the present conjuncture. This issue of Gramma aims to
provide a forum for debate on the usable pasts and the emerging futures of a
"worlded" comparative literature, as well as an opportunity to map both the
pathways it has opened and the ones it has foreclosed or left unexplored.

Indicative topics for submissions include :

- World literature: ethical ideal, methodological challenge, foundation for
emergent forms of knowledge.

- Literary production, circulation, translation, and reception.

- Literary history and theory from a global perspective: cosmopolitanism,
diaspora and exile, post-coloniality, world-system theory.

- Global literary comparatism in historical perspective.

- Transnational literary geographies: continent and subcontinent,
hemisphere, ocean, archipelago.

- Conceptual horizons and theoretical tensions: global and local, core and
periphery, system and fragment, structure and play, close and distant

Papers should not exceed the length of 5000 words (including footnotes and
bibliography). They should follow the MLA Handbook (fifth edition). Papers
should be submitted in double-spaced format (two hard copies and a disk) to
the editors of the issue, Stephanos Stephanides, Antonis Balasopoulos and
Yiorgos Kalogeras at the following addresses:

Department of Foreign Languages School of English

and Literatures Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki

University of Cyprus 54 124

P.O Box 20537 Greece

1678 Nicosia, Cyprus E-mail:



Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2004

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