Beyond Maps. Imaginary of Open Space in Contemporary Culture

Along history, the conceptualization of geographic space has maintained a privileged relationship with the processes of territorial identification. In the literature and painting of Latin America for instance, landscape and frontiers became, since the 19th century, the main nodes in the intermingled consideration of, on the one hand, spatial forms, and on the other, aesthetical and political practices (Fernández Bravo, Montaldo, Andermann), while in the 20th century, non-urban spaces and natural images were central to the construction in film of the idea of the nation (Maranghello and Tranchini). Spatial configurations and practices refer to a concrete materiality, and suppose an inexhaustible source of political renegotiation and production of cultural difference. The “production of space” (Lefebvre, de Certeau) opens a fertile field to reconstruct historical processes involving memory, or to unpack the complex relationships between localities, regions, and the nation. The monograph “Beyond Maps. Imaginary of Open Space in Contemporary Culture” aims to bring together articles able to draw a critical itinerary through the new geographical imaginaries of open space, in which notions like “territory”, “landscape”, “cartography”, “region” and “itinerary”, going beyond their disciplinary sources in human geography and aesthetics, become historical categories of exceptional productivity to understand and read configurations of geography over the last two decades.  [+]

On January 31, 2016, we publish the CFP for the sixteenth issue of 452°F. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, to be published on January 31 2017. The CFP is open and addressed to anyone who wishes to contribute and who holds 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, 2016. 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 sixteenth 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 sixteenth issue will bring together a body of texts dealing with the topic “Beyond Maps. Imaginary of Open Space in Contemporary Culture”. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

a) Displacement of “open spaces” as diegetic element in contemporary literature, film and art. Artistic mediations of territory, region, landscape, map, and itinerary.
b) Landscape as visual expression of the relationship between humans and nature across time. Figurations of particular geographies: islands, rivers, seas, deserts, mountains, plains, jungles.
c) Cartography and mapping. Cognitive and affective maps. Mobility and agency of mapping.
d) New and old forms of experiencing open space. Re-reading of exploration trips and the Romantic naturalist. Utopic, dystopic, and heterotopic figurations. “Navigation” and crossing of real and virtual space. Problematization of spatial notions previously applied to urban experience, such as “other spaces”, “any space” and “non space, in open spaces.
e) Geographies of transit, “enunciative walking”. Wandering, rounds in open space and enunciative spaces. Travel narratives and spatial practices. Path and scape. Nomadism and becoming.
f) Space and national identity. Contemporary spatiality and memories of territorial identities. Reassessing of landscape archive in the present: melancholic and nostalgic gaze, cosmopolitan imaginary, post-apocalyptic imaginary.
g) Open space and processes of deterritorialization and re-territorialization of identities in the context of globalization.
h) Ecology and landscape: ecocritical approaches in literature, film and art. New perspectives on landscape and novels on the land. Ecological crisis and the “depletion” of landscape. Reconfiguration of the relationships between natural and industrial landscapes. Urban space, urban planning. Entropic landscapes.
i) Configuration of ruinous landscapes: the ruin of landscape, of language, of memory.
j) Gendered geographies (feminine itineraries, queer gazing) and alternative spatialities (new approaches to “ethnic” landscape). The role of spatiality in novel forms of practicing ethnography.
k) Redefinition of genres of “geographical writing”: travel journals, visual travelogues, road movies, eco/cartographies, specialization of subjectivity and processes of collective memory.
l) Displacement of frontiers and new cartographies in contemporary art. Thinking about the space of reading, the space of the novel and poem, visual and sonic projection of the written text.

- All other articles will constitute the miscellaneous section. The theme and approach is 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 book reviews for 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 discuss issues in 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, provided that the date of publication is in accordance with the above stated criteria.

- 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 reviewed and the number of pages, and will not contain an abstract or key words.

- Reviews should not exceed 1500 words.

- Please send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Barcelona, January 31, 2016

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