CFP: Crisis, pandemics, and counter-hegemony: Reading paradigm shifts across world literature, 452ºF #25

We’re glad to share the call for papers for issue 25 of 452ºF. Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada dedicated to “Crisis, pandemics, and counter-hegemony: Reading paradigm shifts across world literature”.
This monographic issue of 452ºF invites contributions focused on works of 20th and 21st century literature that examine the dynamics of moments of paradigm shift, regime change or crisis understood more broadly, regardless of whether the perceived crisis eventually materialized or not. We seek articles that reflect on how fiction navigates the interregnum (Gramsci), those moments in history when the very grounds for analysis seem to be shifting and old certainties become blurred. This may include, for example, literary works that emerged in the first half of the 20th century, which, in addition to the devastation, bore witness to paradigmatic changes such as the disintegration of the old nations, the rise of fascism and communism, and technological advances in warfare. We seek to reflect on how literature may tap into more complex temporal and referential frameworks that allow us not only to process the affective impact of historical immediacy, but also, and potentially, to imagine and to articulate alternative modes of being.
We encourage researchers interested in how literatures articulate moments of paradigm shift to submit their articles for peer-review, around themes such as: the two world wars of the 20th century, trauma literature after the Holocaust, science fiction (in its broadest sense) during the Cold War, the HIV crisis in the ‘80s, the disintegration of the Balkans in the ‘90s, military dictatorships in Latin America and return to democracy (or vice versa), “Novels of precarity” after the 2008 financial crisis, 21st-century dystopias and postapocalyptic narratives, among others.

The deadline to send a paper is January 31, 2021.

Check the official page out!

For further information, you can write directly to the editor for this call, Dolores Resano, at

Cite this blog post
Editorial board (2020, October 26). CFP: Crisis, pandemics, and counter-hegemony: Reading paradigm shifts across world literature, 452ºF #25. PopMeC research blog. Retrieved June 25, 2024, from

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