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For those interested in publishing articles in special issues on French and Francophone keywords.
Essays in French Literature and Culture is a peer-reviewed journal published once a year by the French program at the University of Western Australia.
They publish relatively short articles that pertain to a specific theme/keyword every year, as suggested by editors and authors (meaning, if you have a theme in mind, suggest it to them). Past themes have included key words such as foreignness, sports, landscapes, memory, paratexts, playtime, WWI, and conflict. While their journals are typically themed, 2018’s issue was an open issue that published on a broad range of topics including Madame Bovary, Women’s Voices in Contemporary French Literature and Culture, Ecofeminist Thought in French Women’s Early Romantic Fiction, Samuel Beckett, and Michel Houellebecq.
Articles may be written in French or in English; the journal does not seem to favor one language over the other. The website makes it slightly difficult to locate information on upcoming themes and issues, but they do offer email addresses, which would likely be the way to find this information. The journal is open to publishing articles that have more than one author.
Useful for Submission
Word Count: 5,000 words, including notes and bibliography
Issues per year: One
Current volume number: 55
Articles per year: On average, 10 issue per year: 11 (2018), 10 (2017), 11 (2016), 8 (2015), 9 (2014)
Citation style: author-date system. From their Guidelines for Contributors page: “Full details of works cited should be included in a list to appear between the main text and the endnotes. Wherever items in the Works Cited list are referred to, brief details may be given in brackets in the main text of the article, for example, (Deleuze, 2002, 54).” Their guidelines for style are detailed, but do not specify a manual (MLA, Chicago?) Do look at their guidelines before you send in an article!
Abstract length (if required): 300-word proposal (proposition) is requested. If accepted, they request an abstract of 120 words maximum.
Upcoming special issues (if available): I could not locate the CFP for their 2019 or 2020 issues.
Relevant Editors: Hélène Jaccomard (Managing Editor) and Bonnie Thomas (Associate Editor)
Open access?: No. Must buy subscription or have institutional access.
Bibliography (articles in the journal consulted for this review)
Bourgeois, Bertrand, and Jade Patterson. “From Emma to Gemma, or How to Play with Madame Bovary.” Essays in French Literature and Culture, no. 55, 2018, pp. 7-26.
Jonsson, Andrea. “Acousmatic, Atmospheric, in Transit: The Authority of Anonymous Women’s Voices in Contemporary French Literature and Culture.” Essays in French Literature and Culture, 55, 2018, pp. 27-43
Margrave, Christie. “Early Developments of Ecofeminist Thought in French Women’s Early Romantic Fiction.” Essays in French Literature and Culture, no. 55, 2018, pp. 45-64.
Dodd, Lindsey. “”Mon Petit Papa Chéri”: Children, Fathers and Family Separation in Vichy France.” Essays in French Literature and Culture, no. 54, 2017, pp. 99-118.
Thatcher, Nicole. “Mémoires d’Exil : D’Une Incorporée De Force.” Essays in French Literature and Culture, no. 54, 2017, pp. 143-159.