Theatre and Dictatorship in the 20th Century

Theoretical approaches to theatre have oscillated between primarily literary and rather spectacle-based over the centuries. The arrival of Cultural Studies to the critical scene relegated this debate and brought in a more overarching approach to theatre. It was then understood as a cultural artifact of a given society. Theatre came to be recognized as a living artistic genre communicating with an audience established as a communitas – thanks to this, theatre has a greater potential impact on society than that of other cultural phenomena. The causes of this impact lie in the genre’s own idiosyncrasy: communion, immediacy and intimacy with the audience, as well as collectiveness, are pivotal to theatre but absent in other genres.   [+]

On January 31st 2013, we start the CFP for the tenth issue of 452ºF Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, to be published in January 2014. This CFP is open and addressed to anyone who wishes to contribute and holds at least a BA degree.

The criteria, enumerated below, regulate the reception and publication of the different articles and are subject to the content of the Peer review System, the Style-sheet and the Legal Notice. These can be consulted in the Procedures area of the web page.

- The deadline for submissions is July 31st 2013, all articles received after this date will be rejected.  
- The number of articles included in the eighth issue will be between 8 and 10. 40% of these will be reserved to researchers without PhDs. The Editorial Board will represent at most 20% of the total.
- The articles will be placed, according to their field of interest, in the corresponding section of the Journal (monographic or miscellaneous).
- The monographic section will be restricted to 4 to 6 articles and, in the tenth issue, will bring together a body of texts dealing with Theatre and Dictatorship in the 20th Century. A non-comprehensive list of possible topics is:

a) Theatre and Politics: political theatre, agit-prop theatre, guerrilla theatre, documentary theatre, mass theatre; programmatic texts and poetics.
b) Theatrical Apparatuses serving Power: the role of National Theatres, repertoires, theatre censorship, publishing, prizes.
c) Discourses of Obedience: Political Orthodoxy and Theatre.
d) Discourses of Resistance: Political Heterodoxy and Theatre.
e) Exile.
f) Theatre as a space for Memory.
-    These topics are not exclusive. All other articles will constitute the miscellaneous section and, as long as placed within the margins of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, the choice of the theme and approach is free.

-  The articles should be sent to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The “subject” of the email should state what section the article belongs to (“monographic” or “miscellaneous”), the name of the author and the title of the article.

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 nor 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 31st 2012
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