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. 44 No. 2 | September 2018

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2018 asbtract and full paper

Contested Modernity: Place, Space and Culture

  • "Any place is a political place, it's a cultural splace, it's a lanscape." —Alfredo Jaar, 2007


  • Among the chanllenges of Modernity is the contested nature of space and place, both real and imagined, the lived landscapes and built environments and border areas where our economic and political transactions take place, where we educate our youth and heal our sick and profess our various faiths. Political priorities, class differences, gender relations and historical factors all have an impact on the construction of spaces and places, and invest these with meaning that in turn affects the ways in which we experience and recreate the world. The consequences of transnationalism and globalization are particularly apparent in the urban landscapes of Asia, for example. Read More...