Review of Communication Special Issue Call for Papers: Literature as Philosophy of Communication

Now Welcoming Submissions for a Special Issue

Review of Communication

The possibility that literature is capable of disclosing ontological insights has occupied philosophy at least since Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics. That philosophy exists as a literary tradition intended to convey certain arguments and insights is often overlooked, and the manifold communicative praxes that enable the expression of philosophical insights in literature are treated merely as accidents in the history of literary movements that are themselves considered to have little or no philosophical import. This special issue looks at the relationship between philosophy and literature at the intersection of communicative praxis, particularly where the insights are ontological ones concerning the nature of existence, human or otherwise, as fundamentally communicative.

How are ontological insights expressed? In what ways has the philosophy of communication been shaped by literature, or vice versa, particularly in the realm of ontology? Generally, what does it mean to “express” ontological insights, and how might philosophical essays, or more artistic literary genres be specially suited or unsuited to express such ontological insights? This special issue is interested in submissions that reflect on the relationship between the philosophy of communication and literature, or philosophically informed meditations on literature that give rise to ontological insights. Rather than manuscripts on literary texts that are presented as philosophical “readings” of said text (i.e., Heideggerian/Deleuzean/Nietzschean interpretations of x novel/poem/story), this special issue seeks explorations of the unique ways literature communicates its own ontological insights; that is, how literature can be philosophical in its own right.

With the above questions in mind, the journal invites submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Philosophy of communication as ontology: how literature itself can be or not be ontological, and how literature communicates this ontology through implicit or explicit communicative praxes that are informed by the philosophical tradition.
  • Philosophy as literature: how philosophy has developed techniques as a communicative praxis that allow it to disclose unique ontological insights, and how such inquiry may or may not be informed by an implicit philosophy of communication.
  • The intersection of philosophy of communication and literature: the ways in which philosophy and literature overlap, particularly when this facilitates insights into the philosophy of communication, ontology, communicative praxis.
  • The relationship between historical movements in philosophy and literature: how philosophy and literature engage in a creative dialogue with one another and influence each other in domains such as writing technique, style, conceptual apparatuses and permutations, and foundational questions.
  • Conceptualization of existence in philosophy and literature: specific ontological insights expressed in philosophy and/or literature and how each domain may or may not be suited to expressing particular ontologies, especially where such ontologies figure into the nature of communication itself, or even the nature of existence as fundamentally communicative.

Submission Guidelines


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Review of Communication.

Manuscripts should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010) with endnotes. Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word (.doc or .dox) using a 12-point common font, should be double-spaced, and should not exceed 9,000 words including tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes.

Manuscript cover pages should be submitted as a separate file and include: (1) title of the essay; (2) any acknowledgments (if applicable, supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies), including the history of the manuscript if any part of it has been presented at a conference or included as part of a thesis or dissertation; (3) author bio(s) of not more than 100 words each.

Manuscripts should include: (1) the title of the essay; (2) an abstract of not more than 200 words; (3) a list of 3–6 suggested keywords; (4) an accurate word count (including endnotes).
Authors of accepted manuscripts will be responsible for clearing the necessary reproduction rights for any images, photos, figures, music, or content credited to a third party (including content found on the Internet), that fall outside of the fair use provisions described in US copyright law. Images, figures, and other ancillary materials should be submitted as separate files and conform to the Review of Communication instructions for file size and format (see below).

  • Please provide the highest quality figure format possible.
  • Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color.
  • Figures must be saved separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the manuscript file.
  • Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g., CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labeled (e.g., Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the manuscript, and numbered correspondingly.
  • The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic (e.g., Figure1, Figure2a).

To inquire about this special issue, contact
Donovan Irven
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of English, Humanities, and Philosophy
Midwestern State University

3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Donovan Irven