Limits, Tensions and Challenges for Literary Theory and Comparative Literature in the 21st Century

With this its 20th issue, 452ºF. Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada is celebrating its first decade of existence, a decade determined by the firm desire to serve as a platform for the analysis of and reflection on the most pressing problematics in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (LTCL), as the monographs that have been produced testify. While we have undertaken this task with an increasing recognition and reach, we have also done so in a global academic context in which the very idea of the disciplinary framework which gives the journal its raison d’etre, that is, LTCL, has undergone a variety of transformations (expansions, shifts, transfigurations) such that today we feel it is necessary to rethink the field. For this reason, and because 452ºF is one of the spaces placed in tension by these transformations and, thus, is a privileged vantage point from which to spot them, we propose a monograph in which the field of LTCL itself is the object of study and reflection. The goal, then, is to open channels for discussion that enable us to understand the intellectual and institutional processes, with their local peculiarities, that are simultaneously occurring in the field of thought and in the criticism emerging from various points within our globalized world.   [+]


On January 31, 2018, we open the CFP for the twentieth issue of 452ºF. Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, to be published on January 31, 2019. The CFP is open and addressed to anyone who wishes to contribute and who holds at least a BA degree.


The following criteria regulates the reception and publication of all works in line with the peer review system, the style sheet and the legal notice, which may be accessed in the Procedures section (  

- Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018. Any articles received after this date will not be considered for this issue.

- To be considered for the peer review process, articles must follow the rules described in the Style sheet:

- The number of articles included in the twentieth issue will range from 8 to 12. Articles will be divided according to the field of interest, in the corresponding section of the journal (monographic or miscellaneous). 

- The monographic section will be restricted to 4 to 8 articles and, in the twentieth issue will bring together a body of texts dealing with the topic Limits, Tensions and Challenges for Literary Theory and Comparative Literature in the 21st Century.” A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:


a) Contributions and transformations in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

b) Trajectory(ies) of Literary Theory: limits and potentials.

c) The specificity of Comparative Literature as an academic discipline: what and how does it compare?

d) From the local to the global: Comparative Literature in dialogue (or contrast) with Postcolonial Studies and World Literature.

e) Frictions and overlaps between literary disciplines: paradigms and tensions.

f) Signs and discourses: concepts and variations in the distinct critical literary paradigms.

g) Theory and Philology: ruptures, renovations, continuities.

h) Local uses of Literary Theory, Gender Studies, Identity Politics: differences and frictions.

i) Specificity in LTCL and banalising tendencies in Literary Theory in the 21st

j) LTCL and university praxis: trends, and (un)fortunate academic uses of theory.

k) Discipline(ary) problems: codification and simplification of theoretical concepts.


- All other articles will constitute the miscellaneous section. The theme and approach are open, within the boundaries of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

 - For online submissions and editorial guidelines, please follow the instructions at:


Call for reviews


452°F is also accepting reviews to be published in a section of the journal devoted to newly published books.

- Reviews must be original and unpublished.

- Books reviewed should be of new or recent (last 2 years) publication, and cover issues relating to Literary Theory, Literary Criticism and/or Comparative Literature.

- We would also consider reviews of relevant new editions or translations related to the field of study.

- Format, notes, quotations and references should follow the criteria of the journal's style sheet.

- Reviews should include a title, the citation of the book and the number of pages, and will not contain an abstract or keywords.

- Reviews should not exceed 1500 words.

- Please send your proposals to

Barcelona, January 31, 2018

Editorial Board 452ºF



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