Vol. 44 No. 2 | September 2018

Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2017 abstract
                                                     December 15, 2017 final paper

“The Specialness of Poetry”



    • Special claims have always been made about poetry. For Plato, poetry carried a special danger: its imaginative and rhetorical projections had the potential to corrupt the citizens of the Republic by leading them away from what is good and true. For other thinkers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, poetry has a special moral force that must be recognized as necessary to society, even when the political efficacy of individual poems is not obvious or immediate. Theodor W. Adorno argued that the uniquely "virginal" expression of an individual lyric poem implies a protest against a social situation we cannot but feel as oppresive. In a similarly dialectical spirit, Ben Lerner has recently suggested that the unusual hatred aroused by poetry among all literary modes is a form of resistance toor a negatively expressed affirmation ofpoetry as an ideal showing that social values and realities other than the ones we know are possible. Read More...

Vol. 44 No. 1 | March 2018

Deadline for Submissions: April 15, 2017 abstract
                                                      June 30, 2017 final paper


  • Disability studies, examining the meaning, nature, and consequences of disability as a social construct, has grown rapidly as a field since the first edition of the Disabilities Studies Reader was published in 1997. By 2005, when the Modern Language Association established disability studies as a "division of study," Robert McRuer noted in a PMLAessay that disability studies had become "one of the most popular topics in the academic publishing world."

  • But disability research (as a focus in the humanities, in particular) has been slower in making its way to Asia, despite a UN report that the Asian-Pacific region has by far the largest number of people with disabilities in the world. The UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has also stated that people with disabilities in the area are often "excluded from access to education, employment, social protection services and legal support systems, and are subject to disproportionately high rates of poverty." Local social taboos on disability, combined with a dearth of reliable and comparable data on disability, make it more difficult for governments to serve this population. Read More...