The Artists' Library: Uses of Literary Thought in Film and Visual Arts (1975-2015)

Libraries are a key aspect of visual creation in filmic modernity. Given that filmic narrative montage was inspired by realist storytelling, books and reading have always been behind the construction of the visual. However, it was with the advent of filmic modernity that the filmmaker's library acquired an inescapable relevance. Not only do the characters in modern films read, quote and discuss novels, essays and poems, which also appear in the shot, but since the 1970s, when literary theory conflated with film theory, the filmmaker's library has become explicitly associated with the film image, almost ostentatiously so, as part of its creation and as a key instrument for its correct understanding. Such is the case with Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), the film credits of which offer a “recommended bibliography” for the viewer to bear in mind during the screening. The bibliography does not include the Marquis de Sade's book Les Cent Vingt Journées de Sodome, ou l'École du libertinage, which inspired the film's title, but rather works by Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Philippe Sollers, Pierre Klossowski and Maurice Blanchot, amongst others, which discuss the oeuvre of the Marquis. These works pose critical questions about transgression and writing that Pasolini has taken into account during his own reading of the novel. The filmmaker's library thus becomes the matter that inspires the artist's critical gaze, and which sustains both his creation of images and his artistic vision.  [+]


On July 31, 2017, we open the CFP for the nineteenth issue of 452ºF. Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada, to be published on July 31, 2018. 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 January 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 nineteenth 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 nineteenth issue will bring together a body of texts dealing with the topic “The Artists' Library: Uses of Literary Thought in Film and Visual Arts (1975-2015).” A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

a) Uses of literary theory in film and visual arts.

b) Artists' libraries: both existing and those imaged by critics. 

c) Representation of literary debates in visual creation.

d) Traces of the text in visual arts.

e) Literary criticism and film adaptations.

f) Function and uses of literary debates in the creation of video exhibitions, video theatre and other audiovisual media.

g) The rejected library: censored, concealed or destroyed texts.

- 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


Barcelona, July 31, 2017

Editorial board, 452ºF

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