A Study of Aesthetics in Art and Representation

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May 31, 2021
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A Study of Aesthetics in Art and Representation

A Special issue of the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA)

 Guest Editor: Mridula Sharma (University of Delhi)



Contemporary studies in art in juxtaposition with the politics of representation lack a cogent evaluation of the limitations of the persisting need for epistemic validation for ontological existence. The relationship between art and its contribution toward the endorsement of ontological beliefs is a complex entity that constructs and reconstructs material conceptions of literary history. Such gaps in literary criticism necessitate a theoretical analysis of the aesthetic experience in art and reality, and the scope of aesthetics in its (re)presentation of the reality of art.

This issue is an effort to commemorate the contributions of Prof. Ananta Charan Sukla (1942 - 2020) toward the realm of literary criticism. His chief works in literary theory engage with a tendentious rereading of the concept of aesthetics for the promotion of novel ideas in the field. To understand and develop his literary output, scholars need to question the positionality of the ‘third-world’ subject in Western discourses to enable the creation of mechanisms of departure from mainstream criticism for the development of an alternate mode of enquiry that concerns itself with the establishment of the subaltern as the Subject. Within this postcolonial framework, we need to examine contemporary theories of literary representation, and study the essence of art and its reality.

Other potential thematic constructs for academic discourse include reconsideration of literary theory and representation in comparative literature. Prof. Sukla has extensively worked on distinct modes of representation and re-presentation in fiction. Scholars are, therefore, welcome to integrate the diversity of his research interests to explore the fundamentals of fictionality in literary tradition, particularly its relationship with epistemology and subjectivity. Discourse on fictionality is supremely pertinent to understand Prof. Sukla’s examination of the conceptuality of fiction and its contribution, if any, to the paradigmatic status of the actual world.

To make the issue an academic ode to a remarkable critic, we invite scholarly papers that engage with the potentialities of representation in contemporary criticism and explore the aesthetics of art. We also welcome papers that introduce the anxieties and enquiries of contemporary criticism in their engagement with literary aesthetics. The objective is to continue discussions inaugurated by Prof. Sukla in academia.

Possible topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mimesis in Greek and Indian Aesthetics
  • Indian Aesthetics in Dramaturgy and Poetics
  • The Indian ‘Subject’ in Western Aesthetics
  • Art, Essence, and Experience in Contemporary Aesthetics
  • Examination of Representation and Deconstruction in Literary Theory
  • Theorisation of Impersonal Art
  • Potentiality of Art in the Indian Milieu
  • Transcultural Possibilities of Classical Indian Aesthetics
  • Strategies of Deconstruction in Comparative Literature
  • Language, Discourses, and Aesthetics
  • Ontology and its Representation in Literature
  • Environmental Aesthetics in Indian and Western Philosophy

We hope to reflect on ideas that promise the possibility of a cultural (and literary) transformation. Interested scholars are expected to submit original and unpublished papers. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2021. Contributors can expect a response within two months. Email: jclaindia@gmail.com. Submissions (in 5000 - 7000 words) must be properly typed out in MS Word (Times, 12 pt) with an abstract and keywords following the MLA 7th or 8th convention without exception.



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The "Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics" is published by Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute, India since 1977. (Vishvanatha Kaviraja, most widely known for his masterpiece in aesthetics, Sahityadarpana or the “Mirror of Composition”, was a prolific 14th-century Indian poetician, rhetorician, and aesthetician.) The Institute was founded by Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020) on August 22, 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of renowned philosopher, aesthetician, and art historian, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) to promote interdisciplinary studies in comparative literature, cultural theory, aesthetics, philosophy and criticism of the arts, and history of ideas.
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