CFP: Film-Philosophy-Poetry


Special issue on Film-Philosophy-Poetry
Edited by Dominic Lash and Davina Quinlivan

Deadline: 1 April 2022

We welcome articles of between 7,000 and 10,000 words for a special issue of Film-Philosophy on the subject of poetry in the context of film-philosophy. Many films have been described as poetic, but what precisely this means can be elusive. How might it be made more precise? Alternatively, we can ask whether films can be not merely like poetry but actually a form of poetry themselves. More prosaically, but no less interestingly, many films deal with the lives of poets and the making of poetry. This special issue is interested in any and all ways in which we might critically address the intersections between film, philosophy and poetry.

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Film, poetry and collaboration, e.g. Poetic Justice, John Singleton, Maya Angelou.

  • Films about poets, whether narrative or documentary, e.g. Bright Star; A Quiet Passion; Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

  • Film, poetry, cognition and sensation.

  • Figuration in film and poetry, e.g. metaphor, metonymy, irony.

  • Hip-hop, poetry and film, e.g. Gridlock'd; 8 Mile; Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme.

  • Intermedial relationships between film and poetry

  • The cinema of poetry / the poetics of film, e.g. P. Adams Sitney; Raul Ruiz.

  • Revisiting previous scholarship on poetry and film, e.g. Derek Jarman and the Lyric Film (Dillon); The Cinema of Poetry (Sitney); Poetics of Cinema (Raul Ruiz), Cinepoetry (Wall-Romana).

  • Poetic film, e.g. Stan Brakhage; Maya Deren; Margaret Tait; Jean Vigo.

  • Eras of poetry and film: ancient, classical, romantic, modernist, postmodernist, metamodernist.

  • Technical analogies between film and poetry, e.g. rhythm, metre, rhyme, cadence, caesura.

  • The politics of poetry and film

  • Particular philosophers, either those who have worked on both poetry and film, or whose thought can be shown to illuminate the subject, e.g. Adorno; Arendt; Aristotle; Baldwin; Bataille; Blanchot; Cavell; Derrida; Diamond; Plato; Rancière; Rorty, Weill.

All articles should be submitted to Film-Philosophy by 1 April 2022 for a projected publication date of Spring 2023. Authors should be prepared to make quick rewrites before September 2022.

All suitable articles will be subject to double-blind peer-review and submission does not guarantee publication.

Full submissions should be made here:

  • You will be able to choose the specific CFP section when you submit.

  • Submissions must be formatted and referenced in the APA (6th edition) style.

  • Guidelines for authors including information about abstracts, keywords and formatting, can be found here.

For any questions relating to the special issue please email and