Studies in the Humanities

Published at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Studies in the Humanities is a multi-disciplinary journal of theoretical investigations in literature, film, drama, and cultural studies. We encourage articles that reach across disciplines and cultures to deepen our understanding of a work, an artist, a genre, an artistic milieu, or the conditions of artistic production.  

Studies in the Humanities also publishes reviews of recent books in the areas of our publishing interests.  For further information, contact the Book Review Editor.

Call for Papers
Seeking submissions for a special issue of Studies in the Humanities titled “The Artist as Public Intellectual: a Fresh Look at Twentieth-Century’s ‘Unacknowledged Legislators’.” This special issue revisits Percy B. Shelley’s claim that artists are the unacknowledged legislators of the world; using hindsight, we want to explore the question if and how activist artists, i.e., those whose work runs from political essay to fiction, poetry, or drama, have lived up to Shelley’s ideal. Some examples of politicized writers include Octavio Paz (Mexico), Bertold Brecht (Germany), George Orwell (England), Rebecca West (England), and Lin Yutang (China). Contributors should use one or several of the following key questions to focus their essays: What contributions have specific artist-intellectuals made to the areas of socio-cultural analysis, political philosophy, and actual history? What role did liberal humanism play in these writers’ artistic and ideological projects? To what extent and in what form have artist intellectuals succeeded in reconciling their aesthetic impulses with their political activism? No particular theoretical framework is required, although Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Carl Schmitt, and Louis Menand, among others, can offer useful approaches to this topic. Besides more theory-driven contributions, I am interested in essays that historicize the emergence of the trans-national intellectual, and I encourage comparative work that explores the topic of exilic or migratory patterns among activist artist-intellectuals. Please submit a 500 word proposal, including the author or authors to be studied, the thematic direction, and the methodological approach by May 1, 2008. Send proposals to: Dr. Bernard Schweizer, Associate Professor of English, Long Island University, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201


 

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