CFP for the fourth issue of Nuevas Poligrafías. Revista de Teoría Literaria y Literatura Comparada

Acceleration, Velocity, and Shifting: From the Joycean Chamber Music to the Buzz of Bloomsday on Zoom


The transcendence of the work of the Irish writer James Joyce and the vitality of the artistic and academic production it inspires become evident by simply glancing at some of the publications that have appeared in recent years. In 2014, during the celebrations of the centenary of Dubliners, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) published Dublineses, the first Mexican translation of the book, coordinated by Eva Cruz, and with the collaboration of teachers and lecturers from the Seminario Permanente de Traducción de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras.


In the American academic context, the collection of essays TransLatin Joyce: Global Transmissions in Ibero-American Literature, edited by Brian Price, César Salgado, and John Pedro Schwartz, also saw the light. Both books are a sign of the interest that the author arises for readers and scholars in the Latin American context, and of the importance of continuing to explore the relationships between the work of Joyce and that of various artists from the American continent. In Ireland, and in the spirit of the aforementioned celebration, Thomas Morris published the volume Dubliners 100, for which he invited 15 writers to create their own cover versions or rewritings of the famous stories in the collection. This volume was published in 2016 and represents a tribute as well as a contemporary exercise in appropriating the Joycean legacy.


The diversity of approximations to the writer’s corpus was also reflected in the volume Voices on Joyce, edited in 2015 by Anne Fogarty and Fran O’Rourke, in which the articles gathered approach Joyce’s work from different fields of study: music, history, literature, philosophy, sports, geography, among others. And as a final example, closer to us in chronological terms, we can refer to Vincent J. Cheng’s book Amnesia and the Nation: History, Forgetting and James Joyce, published in 2018, which emphasizes the complex relationships between the concepts of memory, history, and national identities. These links are studied from a reading of Joyce’s work that is projected over a wide chronological and geographical journey where the dialogue between close, but not equivalent discourses—such as historiographical and philosophical—is privileged.


The publications mentioned here account for the contemporary effervescence that surrounds the author’s work. The transgressive impulse, the multilingualism, and the rejection of the idea of limits that characterize his aesthetics were the ruling notions for the co-organization, by the UNAM and the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), Cuajimalpa, of the conference “Joyce Without Borders,” the 2019 North American James Joyce Symposium, which took place in Casa Universitaria del Libro, Mexico City. The conference gathered almost 300 artists, academics, and students from around the world who shared their research, translations, and creations surrounding the contemporary readings of Joyce’s corpus, and allowed the celebration of a truly stimulating and multicultural Bloomsday.


For the fourth issue of Nuevas Poligrafías. Revista de Teoría Literaria y Literatura Comparada, the Editorial Committee calls for specialists in the areas of literature, arts, and humanities in general to submit unpublished and original articles that convey the vitality of Joyce’s work and reflect about its scope in a contemporary context. Here are some of the suggested themes in a non-exhaustive list:


- Transnational modernism

- Compared poetics

- Rewritings of Joyce’s work

- Popular culture in Joyce’s work / Joyce in popular culture

- Posthumanism and transhumanism

- Translating Joyce / Joyce and the art of translation

- The author figure and Joyce’s work

- Gender studies and queer theory

- Intermediality: the diversity of artistic languages and the relevance of their materiality

- Joyce and Latin American arts

- Digital humanities and Joyce

- Joyce and the viral: reflections on the notion of contagion and Joyce’s work 


Although we will privilege papers that revolve around the work of James Joyce, we will continue to receive collaborations concerning our usual topics, which include studies of literary theory and literature in different languages, genre, visual images, themes and historic configurations, translation, popular culture, postcolonial studies, as well as intermedia and transmedia approaches. We will also receive book reviews and notes regarding comparative literature and literary theory.


The articles should have a minimum of 5,000 and a maximum of 7,000 words, including notes and works cited. The reviews ought to be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. All contributions should meet the general requirements and guidelines (in Spanish) established by the journal and be submitted through this website. While we will consider collaborations all year round, the deadline for papers to be included in this number is 15 February 2021. The publication of the fourth issue of Nuevas Poligrafías. Revistas de Teoría Literaria y Literatura Comparada is programmed for August 2021.