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Call for papers :Literatura em Debate, v. 12, n. 22, 2018/1: January- July 2018

The limits of literary theory: the literary discourse and its interfaces
The advent of cultural studies in the 1960s demonstrated the state of art in the field of literary studies, something symptomatic of what Jameson already pointed  out in his essay "On Cultural Studies" (1994)  as the result of  theorethical dissatisfaction, in the humanities, with the limits of disciplines. Likewise, Marjorie Perloff, in the opening chapter of Differentials: Poetry, Poetics, Pedagogy (2004), reflects on the reasons for the current crisis of the literary studies in the wake of a supposed collapse of the humanistic field in contemporaneity. On the other hand, faced with such problems, the critic and professor of Unicamp, Fábio A. Durão, in an essay published recently in the journal Sibila (2016), addresses the question from within, that is, with a view to understanding the relationship between the critical-literary production developed in the academic sphere of the university and the reality beyond its walls; at one point he concludes  that solitary reading and interpretation are pathological. The fact is that the theories move, being migrants by antonomasia, and between centripetal and centrifugal movements they end up forming complex (and instigating) chains of communicating vessels. In view of the above, this issue opens up for contributions that bring into discussion the pertinence of the visible and invisible boundaries that separate the literary theory from the other fields of knowledge. Consideration is brought to the often porous boundaries between the production of fiction and critical theory, especially in the sphere of minorities; reflections on the fruitful and not less conflicting relations of the literary studies with the other languages with which they are limited are also welcome. We also invite to bring into focus the understanding of what literature is and its autonomy as an aesthetic object,  when seen under the hitherto sacralized mantle of art.