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symploke is a comparative literature and theory journal. Our aim is to provide an arena for critical exchange between established and emerging voices in the field. Past issues include: Affiliation, Practicing Deleuze and Guattari, Refiguring Europe, Rhetoric and the Human Sciences, Histories of Michel Foucault, and the Post-theory generation.
symploke supports new and developing notions of comparative literature and theory, and are committed to interdisciplinary studies, intellectual pluralism, and open discussion. We are particularly interested in scholarship on the interrelations among philosophy, literature, culture criticism and intellectual history, though will consider articles on any aspect of the intermingling of discourses and disciplines. We take our name from the Greek word symploke which has among its various meanings interweaving, interlacing, connection and struggle, and believe that continuing change in the humanities is contingent upon the interweaving, connection, and struggle between traditionally independent domains of discourse. One of our broader goals is to contribute to the opening of alternative academic frontiers by providing a forum for scholars of varying disciplines to engage in the intermingling of ideas in innovative and exciting ways. The division of intellectual authority and the drawing of academic boundaries have revealed their limitations, and it is our contention that now is the time to seek what lies beyond the limits of disciplinarity. We see this journal as involved in not only the exploration and extension of interdisiplinary studies in the humanities, but also in the promotion of a trans- or extra- disciplinary perspective.