Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

Category Archives: Literary Studies Journals

Journal of Modern Literature

For those interested in publishing articles that deal with literature from any language or tradition, 1900-present. Ranked 19 out of all literature journals by Google … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · Leave a Comment

French Forum

For those interested in publishing articles on French and Francophone Literature and films of all periods but preferably post-1900. Founded by Virginia and Raymond La … Continue reading

May 21, 2017

Essays in Romanticism

For those interested in publishing articles that engage some aspect of Romantic literature (mainly British or, in a few instances, German)—often complicating or developing a … Continue reading

April 11, 2017

Comparative Literature Studies

For those interested in publishing articles of a comparative nature on literary history, the history of ideas, critical theory, studies between authors, and literary relations … Continue reading

April 11, 2017

Modernism/modernity

For those interested in publishing articles that, as the journal’s name suggest, deal with either Modernism or the more broadly defined concept of modernity. As … Continue reading

April 3, 2017

The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

For those interested in publishing articles on literature of the eighteenth century, mainly British (but articles can have New World or colonial connections), often with … Continue reading

March 8, 2017

Nineteenth-Century French Studies

For those who would like to publish scholarly articles on nineteenth-century French literature, culture, and social/political issues. NCFS is independent journal that purports to publish … Continue reading

March 1, 2017

Philosophy and Literature

For those who wish to publish articles in which they address an aesthetic object (usually literature) with an attitude explicitly attuned to formal concerns and … Continue reading

February 28, 2017

French Studies

For those interested in publishing articles that concern a broad range of topics in French and Francophone literature, film, culture, and theory from the medieval … Continue reading

February 23, 2017

Modern Philology

For those interested in publishing articles that speak to an aesthetic problem in a canonical text written before 1900 by a Western author, that deeply … Continue reading

February 23, 2017

Narrative

For those interested in publishing very formal articles that directly take up narrative theory and narratology and who are ready to subordinate their politics and … Continue reading

February 23, 2017

PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association)

For those looking to make broad connections (not close reading) between culture and literature, often with a global focus. (KS) For those with an argument with … Continue reading

June 15, 2015

MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States)

For those with articles that provincialize or problematize the idea of the U.S. and its literary output. MELUS is a quarterly journal, and one of … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

African American Review

For those with articles that have something substantial and innovative to say about canonical and non-canonical African American Literary texts; this journal is an especially … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters

For those interested in publishing articles that creatively and/or critically engage with the work of African Americans and peoples of African descent throughout the African Diaspora. … Continue reading

June 13, 2015

Victorian Literature and Culture (stub)

Submit here if you have a really interesting, interdisciplinary article about Science, Race/Imperialism, Gender (mostly women), Death, Religion, Sympathy, Victorian institutions (museums, pawnshops, libraries, etc), … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Victorians Institute Journal (stub)

For those interested in publishing close readings of a single work of a popular Victorian author, especially Hardy or Dickens.

June 11, 2015

Victorian Review (stub)

For those interested in publishing an article on a lesser known Victorian author or text, or one on an obscure topic in relation to a … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Nineteenth Century Literature (stub)

For those interested in publishing articles with very broad claims about an author, discourse, or text.

June 11, 2015

Dickens Studies Annual (stub)

For those interested in publishing articles with close readings of any of Dickens’s novels or short stories or of his life and legacy.

June 11, 2015

Eighteenth-Century Life

Submit here if you’re writing about a canonical British author, have a historical (not theoretical) perspective, and want to talk about the author’s journals and … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Eighteenth-Century Studies

Submit here if you have a substantial amount of historical or contemporary (aka 18th century) theoretical background or if you’re writing about something global (not … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

For those interested in publishing on texts written in English after 1950, particularly on an individual postcolonial author or text; a critique of contemporary postcolonial … Continue reading

June 10, 2015

Comparative Literature

For those interested in publishing theoretically rigorous articles with large claims on different national or linguistic literatures and with a focus on transmission or circulation. … Continue reading

June 8, 2015

SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Submit here if you don’t mind waiting for the annual issue on your time period; if you’re working in the 19th century, submit if you have … Continue reading

May 15, 2015

Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Submit here if you’re writing about women (especially multiple works by a single author) and talk really explicitly about the larger implications of your argument. … Continue reading

May 15, 2015

ELH (English Literary History)

For those interested in publishing a traditionally structured article (historical/ theoretical background followed by close reading); if you’re working in the 19th century, write about … Continue reading

May 15, 2015
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