The Society for Novel Studies (SNS) exists to further the study of the novel as a genre and to examine the role of fiction in engaging, formulating, and shaping the world.
Because the society's conference meets every other year, memberships are offered in two-year increments and include a two-year subscription to Novel.
Members of the SNS share an interest in the novel as a historical and contemporary phenomenon, as a genre continually open to change and experimentation, and as a national, regional, transnational, and global form. The society's membership is occupied in researching individual works of fiction and their writers and in engaging in critical study of the theoretical questions posed by the writing, reading, translation, distribution, and consumption of novels.
Benefits of Membership
• Two-year print subscription to Novel (six issues)
• Online access to current and back issues of Novel through a combination of HighWire Press and JSTOR via a single user name or password that can be accessed from any location (regardless of institutional affiliation)
• Eligibility to deliver a paper or serve as chair or commentator for the society's conference
• Connection to an invaluable forum for literary studies
Novel is the official journal of the Society for Novel Studies.
Novel is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best new criticism and theory in novel studies. The journal took up this mission in the days of formalism and has responded to the innovative moments in the field during the half-century that has elapsed since then--including ideology critique, feminist and critical race theory, poststructuralism, cultural studies, and new historicism--by publishing the most interesting new work on the novel. As globalization and crises in biopolitics and the environment rapidly increase, and as models of affect theory multiply, the novel and how we read it are undergoing a sea change. Novel is especially interested in theory and scholarship that address these changes in terms of their formal, historical, political, and/or epistemological significance.