Bhubaneswar, Jan 7 (LocalWire) Prof. Himansu Mohapatra, who retired as professor of English from Utkal University last year, has taken charge as the new editor of Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA) beginning this year.
“I’m thankful to the founding editor and being the new editor I’ve to make efforts not only to keep the journal ticking but also to devise strategies by which the journal can reinvent itself. And it is a supremely challenging task to do that with a journal that has been in existence since 1978,” said Mohapatra.
He further said: “I have to first of all absorb its ethos and spirit which was breathed into it by its immensely inventive founding editor Prof. A.C. Sukla who thought forty years ago in the remote and non-descript Western Odishan town of Burla where the journal started.”
“Any extension or refinement of the vision and mission of the journal to be brought in later has to be on its basic foundation that ‘comparison is the right reason,” he said.
Mohapatra has been one of the influential teachers of his generation, a voice who has broadcast the power and pleasure of literature and literary study within the classroom and far beyond it.
He is an elegant and sophisticated critic, and is widely published in the fields of criticism, comparative studies, and translation.
Celebrated American philosopher Prof. Richard Shusterman will continue as the international editor of the Journal.
Known for his trailblazing work in pragmatist philosophy, philosophical aesthetics and the emerging field of somaesthetics (a term coined by him), currently he is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Florida Atlantic University, USA.
JCLA is a half-yearly international journal committed to multi-disciplinary studies in comparative literature, cultural theory, aesthetics, philosophy and criticism of the arts, and history of ideas, and is published by the Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute since 1978.
The Institute was founded in 1977 on the occasion of the birth centenary of pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1877-1947).
The Journal has already published celebrated scholars like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, John Hospers, John Fisher, Murray Krieger, Mary Wiseman, S.C. Sengupta, P.S. Sastri, K.R.S. Iyengar, V.K. Chari, Charles Altieri, Jonathan Culler and many others. Legends like Mircea Eliade, Monroe Beardsley, M.H. Abrams, John Boulton and many renowned Indian scholars were members of its editorial board at the time of inception.