Literature, Images, and Politics of Life

This monograph aims to map research about the connections between literature and visual arts with posthumanist thinking, and more specifically, with theoretical developments around biopolitics. Over the last years, the number of works addressing the contributions of “animal issues” (ranging from zoology to biopolitics) to literary and artistic studies has grown, simultaneous to an awareness of the new approaches that artistic thought—in its creative and critical aspects—can provide to other disciplinary areas. Such exchange, which promises a revolutionary conceptual transformation, has been fostered by the problematization of the epistemological hierarchies of anthropocentrism and the original understanding of transdisciplinary work posed by posthumanism. This theoretical development has inevitably brought about a resignification of the notion of life, with evident effects on our notions of living, animal, human, subject, and many other key categories.  [+]

On July 31, 2016, we publish the CFP for the seventeenth issue of 452°F. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, to be published on July 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 January 31, 2017. 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 seventeenth 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 seventeenth issue will bring together a body of texts dealing with the topic “Literature, Images, and Politics of Life.” A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:


a) Dialogue between literature and biopolitical thought.

b)Dialogue between visual arts and biopolitical thought.

c)Philosophical, political, artistic, and cultural debates on the notion of life.

d)Resonances of Nietzschean thinking about life on literature, visual arts, and contemporary criticism.

e)Philosophical, literary and political sieges to the notion of subject.

f)Undisciplined bodies: artistic resistance to gender and species orders.

g)Images of animals and animality in contemporary literary and artistic criticism.

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

Barcelona, July 31, 2016

Editorial board, 452ºF


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