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 quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded by Prof. Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020) on 22 August 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of renowned philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) to promote interdisciplinary studies and research in comparative literature, literary theory and criticism, aesthetics, philosophy, art history, criticism of the arts, and history of ideas. (Vishvanatha Kaviraja, most widely known for his masterpiece in aesthetics, Sahityadarpana or the “Mirror of Composition”, was a prolific 14th-century Indian poet, scholar, and rhetorician.)

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, The Philosopher’s Index, WorldCat Directory, ACLA, EBSCO, ProQuest (Arts Premium Collection; Art, Design & Architecture Collection; Arts & Humanities Database; Literature Online – Full Text Journals; India Database; ProQuest Central; ProQuest Central Essentials; ProQuest Central Basic – Korea), Gale (Cengage Learning), Academic Resource Index, PhilPapers, 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, India

Executive Editor: Ikea M. Johnson


EDITORIAL BOARD: W. J. T. Mitchell, Peter Lamarque, Charles Altieri, Jonathan Culler, Terry Eagleton, Robert Stecker, Noël Carroll, Garry Hagberg, Stephen Halliwell, Sheldon Pollock, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Martha C. Nussbaum, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, George E. Rowe, Stephen Davies, John Hyman, Meir Sternberg, Roger T. Ames, Susan L. Feagin, Rita Felski, Zhang Longxi, Arindam Chakrabarti, Peter E. Gordon, David Fenner, John Mackinnon, Keith Moser