Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics


With profound grief, we mourn the loss of our Founding Editor Ananta Charan Sukla on 30 September 2020.

In Memoriam: Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020)

The True Postcolonial: A Tribute To Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020)




The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (ISSN: 0252-8169) is a legendary print, peer-reviewed academic journal published quarterly (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) by Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded on August 22, 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of renowned philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) to promote interdisciplinary studies in comparative literature, cultural theory, aesthetics, philosophy and criticism of the arts, and history of ideas.

The Journal is committed to comparative and cross-cultural issues in literary understanding and interpretation, aesthetic theories, conceptual analysis of art, literature, philosophy, religion, mythology, history of ideas, literary theory, history, and criticism. It also publishes special issues on critical theories of current interest. At present, it is the oldest academic journal of India in the field of literature and philosophy which is published sans any institutional support. 

The Journal has published the finest of essays by authors of global renown like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, John Hospers, John Fisher, Murray Krieger, Martin Bocco, Remo Ceserani, J.B. Vickery, Menachem Brinker, Milton Snoeyenbos, Mary Wiseman, Ronald Roblin, T.R. Martland, S.C. Sengupta, K.R.S. Iyengar, V.K. Chari, Charles Altieri, Martin Jay, Jonathan Culler, Richard Shusterman, Robert Kraut, T.J. Diffey, T.R. Quigley, R.B. Palmer, Keith Keating, and many others.

JCLA is indexed and abstracted in the MLA International Bibliography, Master List of Periodicals (USA), Ulrich’s Directory of Periodicals, ERIH PLUS, ISI, The Philosopher’s Index, WorldCat Directory, ACLA, EBSCO, UGC, ProQuest, Literature Online, Gale (Cengage Learning), Academic Resource Index, United States Library of Congress, and the British Library. The journal is also indexed in numerous university (central) libraries, state and public libraries, and scholarly organizations/ learned societies databases.

Celebrated scholars of the time like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, Mircea Eliade, Monroe Beardsley, John Hospers, John Fisher, Meyer Abrams, John Boulton, and many renowned foreign and Indian scholars were Members of its Editorial Board.

Founding Editor: Ananta Charan Sukla, Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India

Editor-in-Chief: Parul Dave-Mukherji, Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India


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