SPECIAL ISSUE – Design and its Relations
Guest Editor: Michalle Gal (Professor of Philosophy, Shenkar College, Israel)

  • Michalle Gal – Introduction
  • Gal Ventura – Design and the Modern Crib: Hygiene, Configuration, Materiality, and Social Status
  • Jane Forsey – Design and Beauty: Functional Style
  • Michalle Gal – Design and Rationalism: A Visualist Critique of Instrumental Rationalism
  • Saul Fisher – Design Science and Aesthetics
  • Jeffrey Strayer – Design and Abstraction
  • Thomas Leddy – Design and Definitions: Reflections on the Question of “What is Design?”
  • Matilde Carrasco Barranco – The Aesthetic Appreciation of Design Objects: Form, Functionality, Performativity
  • Pauline von Bonsdorff – Design and Tacit Aesthetics: Design as the Art of Objects-in-Use
  • Panos Paris – Design and Value: The Ethical Nature of Beautiful Design
  • Yanai Toister – Design and Photography: Pinhole, Perpendicular, Programmatic
  • Gregory Galford and Jeremy Barris – Design and the Constitution of Semantic or Conceptual Meaning


Vol. 47, No. 4, Winter 2024 (Regular Issue)


  • Keith Moser – The Biosemiosic Gaze of the Derridean “Wholly Other” in Yamen Manaï’s Bel Abîme
  • Alberto Voltolini – Is What We See in the Picture the Same as What the Picture Presents?
  • Phillip E. Mitchell – The Cup Runneth Over: Plurivocity and Ineffability in Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”
  • Giulia Cervato – ‘Idols that Have Mouths but Do Not Speak’: Levinas’ Critique of Art between Platonism and Jewish Aniconism
  • Avril Tynan – Footprints, Movement, and ‘the Road We’re Already On’: From Robinson Crusoe (1719) to Oryx and Crake (2003)
  • Samuel Bendeck Sotillos – Modern Psychology and the Loss of Transcendence
  • Victor Peterson II – Best of all Possible Worlds?
  • Michael Anders – Structures of Urban Design in 19th Century American Literature
  • Yang Xu – Mutual Mirroring between East and West: An Imagological Analysis of 二马 (Mr. Ma and Son)
  • Shouvik Narayan Hore – Biblical Intertextuality, Nissim Ezekiel and the Jungian “Enterprise”
  • Maria Clara Menezes – Beneath the flower beds: A Comparative Reading of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) and Barbey d’Aurevilly’s “Le Dessous de cartes d’une partie de whist” (1874)
  • Daniel Dougherty – Reading Eternity: Haggard’s She and Immortality in the Fin-de-siècle Novel
  • A. Harisankar – “Number one for ever”: Benthamite Utilitarianism, Oliver Twist and the Doctrine of Methodological Individualism
  • Catherine Shilpa X and Merin Simi Raj – Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan: Tamil Modernity, Revivalism and the Popular Historical Novel
  • Oluwatobi David Esan – Abubakar Gimba’s Letter to the Unborn Child and the Ontological Masquerading of the Nigerian ‘Being’: An Existential Intervention
  • Shobha Elizabeth John – “Poet, be seated at the piano”: The Imperative of Change and the Sounds of Music in the Poems of Wallace Stevens
  • Nigel Rodenhurst & Tristan Nash – Moral Luck and Accepting Responsibility in Paul Auster’s Sunset Park
  • Felicia A. Soskin – Post-colonialism in Allende’s Daughter of Fortune and Murakami’s Norwegian Wood
  • Kyriaki Grammenou – Myth and Writing in Plato’s Phaedrus
  • Justina Šumilova – Intersections and Divergences in Writing: Exploring Rhizomatic and Fragmentary Writing
  • Sharanya DG – “There Will Be No Seepage, No Bleeding”: Play with Form and Language in Contemporary Narratives of Violence
  • Pallavi Singh and Dhara Chotai – A Tale of a Cabinet Obscene: Tailoring the Kehbi


  • Michael R. SpicherThe Routledge Companion to Beauty Politics (Paperback). By Maxine Leeds Craig (Ed.). UK: Routledge, 2023. 404 pp.
  • Soni WadhwaDiscovering Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Hindu, Jain and Buddhist Thought. By Jeffery D. Long. New Delhi: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024. 248 pp.
  • Margaryta GolovchenkoA Philosophy of Visual Metaphor in Contemporary Art. By Mark Staff Brandl. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023. 241 pp.
  • Ikea M. JohnsonSomething Speaks to Me: Where Criticism Begins. By Michel Chaouli. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2024. 178 pp.
  • Soni WadhwaThree Encounters: Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida. By David Farrell Krell. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2023. 360 pp.
  • Stuart WaltonA Precarious Happiness: Adorno and the Sources of Normativity. By Peter E. Gordon. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2024. 320 pp.
  • Soni WadhwaPunjabi Centuries: Tracing Histories of Punjab. By Anshu Malhotra. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2024. 391 pp.
  • Sharanya DGRethinking Untouchability: The Political Thought of B. R. Ambedkar. By Jesús F. Cháirez-Garza. UK: Manchester University Press, 2024. 255 pp.
  • Kenichiro OtaniFake News in Contemporary Science and Politics: A Requiem for the Real? By Keith Moser. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024. 218 pp.
  • Arun Kumar PokhrelBeyond Hostile Islands: The Pacific War in American and New Zealand Fiction Writing. By Daniel McKay. New York: Fordham University Press, 2024. 240 pp.
  • Najah MahmiThe Real Thing: Reflections on a Literary Form. By Terry Eagleton. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2024. 219 pp.
  • Shouvik Narayan HoreMilton, Longinus, and the Sublime in the Seventeenth Century (Classical Presences). By Thomas Matthew Vozar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2024. 224 pp.
  • Sreya MukherjeeReading with the Rsi: A Cross-Cultural and Comparative Literary Approach to Valmiki’s Ramayana. By Robert P. Goldman. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2024. 72 pp.
  • Ayan ChakrabortySimplicity and Purity: Poets, Farmers and Parsis of Gandhi’s Gujarati and Reading Gandhi in Two Tongues. By Tridip Suhrud. Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2024. 86 pp.
  • Prateek SharmaThe Idea of Indian Literature: Gender, Genre, and Comparative Method. By Preetha Mani. Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2022. 288 pp.
  • Rania S. AhmedFemale Voices and Egyptian Independence: Marginalized Women in Egyptian and British Fiction. By Rania M. Mahmoud. UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 2024. 192 pp.



  • Translation & Philosophy: Disciplines in Need of Dialogue
  • Gnosis and Esotericism in Speculative Fiction
  • Art and Emotion: Philosophical Engagements with Painting
  • Understanding and Enjoyment in Aesthetic Experience
  • Perspectives in Contemporary Critical Theory
  • Reception of Sanskrit Studies in the 19th Century European Ideology
  • Painting and Poetry: New Accents

The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics publishes special volumes on themes of current critical interest and contemporary relevance. 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 of Structuralism” (1991), “Indian Aesthetics and Contemporary Theory” (1992), “Italian Aesthetics since Croce” (1993), “Aesthetics Today” (1994), “Environmental Aesthetics” (1995), etc. The Journal welcomes proposals for possible special issues at any time.