Vol. 45 No. 1 | March 2019

Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2018 abstract and full 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. 45 No. 2 | September 2019

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2018 asbtract and full paper

Our Female Future


  • The year 2017 began with the largest civil demonstration America has ever seen, as more than a million women and their supporters took to the streets in Women's Marches throughout the country and around the world, including Taiwan. Initially a protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote for president by millions to the first female candidate of a major party, this activist moment fueled by female fury continued strong throughout the year, with wave after wave of #MeToo revelations about abuse of power and sexual harassment by prominent men in entertainment, government, education and industry. As TIME magazine chose as their 2017 Person of the Year the Silence Breakersthose women speaking out about harassmentpublic support for #TimesUp has built around the world, and the US now has unprecedented numbers of women standing for office in upcoming elections. Read More...