Old Wine in New Bottles: Re-Canonizing the Timeless Word - AJILE International Journal CFP

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2019
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Aesthetique Journal for International Literary Enterprises (E-ISSN 2456-1754)

Call for Research Articles for International Literary Journal (E-ISSN 2456-1754)


Old Wine in New Bottles: Re-Canonizing the Timeless Word



Concept Note


“Just as time seems to be running out, timeless things try to slip back into human awareness.” 
Michael Meade, The Genius Myth


The term literary canon refers to that which can be trusted to be the best literature – works worth preserving and passing on to progeny. A place in the canon confers timelessness, guarantees quality and promises aesthetic value. Of late, literary studies have conceded that the process of literary canonization tends to favour the powerful while relegating and marginalizing the powerless, irrespective of literary merit. Students and research scholars, however, are very much aware of an unintentional ‘de-canonization’ taking shape within the academy. Bound by “national interests”, need for theory, fear of being ‘overworked’ and clamour for the latest and the newest, literary research unwittingly ‘outdates’ and thereby marginalizes those within the canon. In an age where even “the centre cannot hold”, canonical authors and texts are shut out of the research arena. As the Foucauldian critic Paul Bove asks, “How is it established that these criteria are not themselves part of the ‘regime of truth’ whose function in our society lead… to regulative authority for intellectuals”?


Jerome McGann’s postulation of critical historicism regards history not only as an interpretive process but also as one that scrutinizes taken-for-granted presuppositions. Past perspectives are critically reassessed in the light of current socio-economic attitudes. As TS Eliot says, “art never improves, but… the material of art is never quite the same”. The present volume intends to view literary canon as an infinite repertoire of values and interpretations, eternally challenging us to excavate and uncover meanings and evaluations based on a clear-sighted understanding of the present. Research articles are invited from students, research scholars and the academia at large scrutinizing the aforementioned issues pertaining to research, literary canon and critical historicism. Studies on classical and canonical authors and texts in the light of present values, theories and concerns shall form the crux of the volume.


We welcome scholarly contributions from the fields of literature and language, history and culture, stage and costumes, gender and performance. However other relevant topics are also encouraged for submission.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:


  1. The Literary Canon
  2. Classic Literary Theory and Criticism
  3. Modern Literary Theory and Criticism
  4. Texts, Translations and Adaptations
  5. Film Studies
  6. Pedagogy and Education
  7. Language and Culture




Volume Editor

Sneha Jani MA, B.Ed, MPhil

Deep Learning through Transformative Pedagogy

University of Queensland, Australia


Email the abstract (maximum 300 words) to timelesswordjournal@gmail.com by 15 May 2019. Acceptance will be intimated by 16 May 2019. Full papers (1500 to 3000 words) are expected by 31 May 2019.


Give the following details at the beginning of the abstract as well as the full paper:

1. Name of the author

2. Designation

3. Institutional Affiliation

4. Email, Mobile Number

5. A brief bio-note (optional, in third person, maximum 200 words)

6. Postal Address


All the accepted papers will be published online in electronic form in our International Literary Journal (AJILE, ISSN 2456-1754). All articles published with us will forever remain freely accessible to the public. E-Book version of the articles will also be published and made available online.


*Publication Fee*

There is no processing fee or fee for publication. It will be completely free. We always believe and promote the free creation and dissemination of knowledge. We don’t pay anyone for publishing with us, nor will we ask for payment for accessing the content.


*Revised Dates*

Last date for the submission of abstracts: 10 May 2019

Confirmation of acceptance: 15 May 2019

Last date for the submission of full papers: 31 May 2019


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