CFP: JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE: Intermedial Poetries: Alternative Methods and Practices

Submission deadline: February 28, 2023

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Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics

SPECIAL ISSUE: Intermedial Poetries: Alternative Methods and Practices

Guest Editor: Bowen Wang (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have witnessed an intermedial dialogue between verbal and visual representations along with avant-garde art movements. Both literary and artistic historiography notice an alternative of ut pictura poesis in the notion of intermediality between poetry and visual art, especially since the experimentation of poets from Imagism and early modernism. Ezra Pound’s ideogram, Wyndham Lewis’s vortex, William Carlos Williams’s ekphrasis, Wallace Stevens’ art collection, as well as Gertrude Stein’s verbal portrayal show their shared interest in and inspiration from a formal or technical transformation of modern art, such as Futurism, Dada, Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, etc. Through the ongoing inventive confabulation between these various artforms, ranging from literature, painting, photography, theatre, cinema, and other media, modernist and contemporary poets choose to approach their medium via non-representational art and discard the mimetic principles so as to access a new model of poetic expression.

Therefore, this special issue “Intermedial Poetries: Alternative Methods and Practices” intends to explore the multiple manifestation of poetic experiments across different media, disciplines, and cultures. Intermedial poetry might refer to those specific generic crossovers in a highly refashionable manner: for example, ekphrasis, visual/graphic poetry, concrete poetry, illustration, photo poetry, cinematic poetry, poetic theatre, and so forth. Beyond visual influence or painterly effect, our collection of paper aims to offer a more broadened, encompassing view by casting lights on the spectatorship, aesthetic form as alter identity, and interdisciplinary consideration of contemporary art practices. It will try to answer these research questions in general: au fond, what is the difference between traditional textual poetics and the poetics of intermediality? How does the latter function and perform among distinctive modes of artforms or media? Moreover, how is intermediality as an actual agency devised to facilitate these communications across different domains, whether aesthetic, technological, or ideological?

To contribute to this special issue, please submit the full manuscript of your article (no less than 4,000 words) with a short author’s bio to the guest editor Bowen Wang at [email protected], with a copy to [email protected]. Also, feel free to contact if you have any related questions, and we look forward to hearing your inspiring ideas.

Important Dates: 

Submission deadline: 28th February 2023

Decision of acceptance: 15th March 2023

Publication of the issue: Winter 2023/Spring 2024


The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (ISSN: 0252-8169) is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded by Prof. Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020) on 22 August 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of renowned philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) to promote interdisciplinary studies and research in comparative literature, literary theory and criticism, aesthetics, philosophy, art history, criticism of the arts, and history of ideas. (Vishvanatha Kaviraja, most widely known for his masterpiece in aesthetics, Sahityadarpana or the “Mirror of Composition”, was a prolific 14th-century Indian poet, scholar, aesthetician, and rhetorician.) 

The Journal is committed to comparative and cross-cultural issues in literary understanding and interpretation, aesthetic theories, and conceptual analysis of art. It publishes current research papers, review essays, and special issues of critical interest and contemporary relevance. 

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