Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer 2021 (Special Issue – Indian Writing in English: Perspectives on the Plural Nationspace)

  • Prefatory Note & Introduction | Arunima Ray (Guest Editor)
  • Talking Long Distance to the Dead: Agha Shahid Ali’s Poetic Genealogy | Anjana Neira Dev
  • The Progressive and Untouchable Body: A Reading of Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable | Raj Kumar
  • Nailing Gandhi for Cracking India in Manohar Malgonkar’s A Bend in the Ganges and Raj Gill’s The Rape | Beerendra Pandey
  •  South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival and Collective | Usha Akella
  • Challenging Brahminical Patriarchy: The Poetry of Meena Kandasamy and Usha Akella | Pramila Venkateswaran
  • Between Ekstasis, Ekphrasis and Kinesis: Theatricality and Performativities in the Poetry of Meena Kandasamy | Benil Biswas
  • Women and Anti-fascist Resistance in India: Personal Documentation in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness | Pujarinee Mitra
  • Melting Façades: Ice-Candy Man and the Spatial Production of Hira Mandi in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India | Anne Jones
  • The Spatial Politics in the Craft of Postcolonial Indian Muslim Women Novelists: Reading Shama Futehally’s Tara Lane, Samina Ali’s Madras in Rainy Days and Anjum Hasan’s The Cosmopolitans | Sabreen Ahmed
  • Secularism Under Threat: Reading Githa Hariharan’s In Times of Siege | Arpita Sardar
  • Renegotiating Diasporic Identity: A Transnational Reading of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland | Musarrat Shameem
  • English Language and Transnational Networks: A Study of Colonial Punjab | Arti Minocha
  • Re-defining ‘Can. Lit.’ or ‘Indian Writing in English’? English Writings and the Indian Diaspora in Canada | Swagata Bhattacharya
  • Curfewed Night and the Emergence of the Kashmiri Anglophone Resistance Literature | Soumyadeep Neogi & Anil Kumar Aneja
  • Labour and Migrant Labour in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies | Rita Joshi
  • Tribes in Transition: Representation of Conflict in Temsula Ao’s Short Fiction | Nupur Chawla
  • Little Nationalities: Writing in English in the North-East | Watitula Longkumar
  • Women and Sensorial Hegemony in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices | Muhammad Manzur Alam
  • The Nation-state and the Indian English Novel in the Aftermath of Economic Liberalization in India | Poonam Sharma
  • Dialogues Across Time: Omair Ahmad’s The Storyteller’s Tale | Jasbir Jain
  • ‘Folded in a Pocket’: Negotiating ‘Past’ Texts for Same-Sex Desire Between Women in Saba Dewan’s Tawaifnama and Ruth Vanita’s Memory of Light | Amrita Chakraborti
  • Writing Violence in Postcolonial Assam Ethno-Nationalism and Armed Insurgency in Contemporary Works of Fiction | Abantika Devray


Vol. 44, No. 3 (Autumn 2021) SPECIAL ISSUE – Philosophy of Motion Pictures: New Trajectories [Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Indian art filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992) on his Birth Centenary]

  •  From Big Shot to Parent: Penny Serenade’s Depiction of Moral Transformation | Thomas E. Wartenberg
  •  The Evolution of Film | David Fenner
  • Spike Jonze’s Her: Love and the Science Fiction Film | Nickolas Pappas
  •  Engaging Husserl’s Theory of Meaning for the Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures | Shawn Loht
  •  The Fictional Film | Frank Broadman
  • Phenomenology of Film Experience in relation to Corporeal Involvement in the World | Katarzyna Weichert
  • For nothing is concealed! Motion picture, Wittgenstein, and seeing-as | Thomas Wachtendorf
  • Inspiration for a Libidinal Cinema: Klossowski, Lyotard, and the Tableau Vivant | Michael Newell Witte
  •  Color and Meaning in Film: An Argument from Irony | Paolo Babbiotti and Isabel Hernández-Gil
  • The Music Video of the Future | Joseph Arel
  • Guy Debord’s Ex-centric Cinema: The Concept of Time and the Voice-Over Narration in his Films | Ioannis Paraskevopoulos
  • Accounts of Two Women: A History of Feminine Boredom through Charulata and Parama | Tirna Chatterjee


  • Film, Music, Memory. By Berthold Hoeckner | Tirna Chatterjee
  • Affirmative Aesthetics and Wilful Women: Gender, Space and Mobility in Contemporary Cinema. By Maud Ceuterick | Tirna Chatterjee
  • Ritwik Ghatak and the Cinema of Praxis: Culture, Aesthetics and Vision. By Diamond Oberoi Vahali | Tirna Chatterjee
  • Explorations in Cinema through Classical Indian Theories: New Interpretations of Meaning, Aesthetics, and Art. By Gopalan Mullik | Aritra Basu


SPECIAL ISSUE – Untranslatability: Theory, Practice, and Politics

  • Speaking Otherwise: Emily Apter in conversation with Baidik Bhattacharya
  • Eesha Kumar – Triśaṅku’s Heaven: Translation Zone
  • Wang Chutong – Translation as Mirroring: Untranslatability and How to Deal with It
  • Abhinaba Chatterjee – The (Many) Worlds of World Literature: Redefining World Literature in the Context of Untranslatability
  • Sheng-mei Ma – The Subtitle that Wags the Show: The Untranslated and One Second’s Cultural Revolution
  • Tuhin Bhattacharjee – Translating Matricide: Orestes and Parashuram
  • Orit Klein Vartsky – Critique of the Courtly Class in Ballad Analogues of The Clerk’s Tale
  • Marianna Deganutti – Code-switching and Untranslatability
  • Alex Obrigewitsch – How is Translation Possible?: The Secret of Maurice Blanchot
  • Madeleine R. Clark – Indigenous Art and Kantian Aesthetics: Kant’s Sensus Communis and the Problem of Visual Language
  • Anna Ferrari – The Untranslatability of a Private Code: John Weir’s Eddie Socket and AIDS Camp Humor
  • Rea Hazra – Dereification of the Politics of Untranslatability and Interminability
  • Aaron Carpenter – Tied to German, Unable to Find a Foothold in Yiddish: Examining Kafka Editing Choices of Yitzhak Löwy’s ‘Vom jüdischen Theater’
  • Byron Taylor – Untranslatability: The Rebirth of Theory?
  • Rudranjan Mukhopadhyay – Translation of the “Romantic” in Alaol’s Padmavati
  • Fernando Bayer – The Untranslatability of the Argentine Political Situation in Julio Cortázar’s ‘Segunda vez’
  • Paula Cucurella – Translating the Animal
  • Seema Sinha – The Indefiniteness of Textuality



  • Immaterial and Material Discourse
  • Telling Lives, Signifying Selves: Life Writing, Representation, and Identity
  • Perspectives in Contemporary Critical Theory
  • Reception of Sanskrit Studies in the 19th Century European Ideology
  • Textual Strategy: Understanding and Interpretation
  • Painting and Poetry: New Accents
  • Indian Aesthetics and Contemporary Theory
  • Everyday Aesthetics
  • Shakespeare and Indian Aesthetics

JCLA publishes special volumes on themes of current critical interest. Some of the special issues published in the past include “Deconstruction in Contemporary Criticism” (1985), “Representation in Contemporary Criticism” (1986), “Frankfurt School of Aesthetics” (1988), “Prague School Structuralism” (1991), “Indian Aesthetics and Contemporary Theory” (1992), “Italian Aesthetics since Croce” (1993), “Aesthetics Today” (1994), “Environmental Aesthetics” (1995), etc.