American Literature


American Literature

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Call for Papers
Special Issue of American Literature: The Infrastructure of Emergency. Deadline for essay submissions is March 1, 2020.
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Journal Current volume: 91 Frequency: Quarterly

Academic Editor(s): Priscilla Wald, Matthew Taylor

American Literature has been regarded since its inception as the preeminent periodical in its field. Each issue contains articles covering the works of several American authors—from colonial to contemporary—as well as an extensive book review section; a “Brief Mention” section offering citations of new editions and reprints, collections, anthologies, and other professional books; and an “Announcements” section that keeps readers up-to-date on prizes, competitions, conferences, grants, and publishing opportunities.

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American Literature received the 2018 CELJ Best Special Issue Award for "Queer about Comics," volume 90, number 2.


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Editorial Office:
Department of English
Duke University
Box 90020
Durham, NC 27708-0020
919-684-4871 (fax)

Matthew A. Taylor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Priscilla Wald, Duke University

Managing Editor:
Lisl Hampton

Senior Editorial Assistant:
Sadye Teiser

Editorial Assistants:
Patrick Thomas Morgan
Nora Nunn

Editorial Board:
GerShun Avilez, 2019
Leigh Anne Duck, 2019
Jared Hickman, 2019
Caleb Smith, 2019
Christopher B. Teuton, 2019
Hester Blum, 2020
Hsuan Hsu, 2020
Claudia Milian, 2020
Alexandra Socarides, 2020
Min Hyoung Song, 2020
Justine S. Murison, 2021
Emily Ogden, 2021
Britt Rusert, 2021
Derrick R. Spires, 2021
Kyla Wazana Tompkins, 2021

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Call for Papers
Special Issue of American Literature: The Infrastructure of Emergency. Deadline for essay submissions is March 1, 2020.
Download the Call for Papers.

Special Issue of American Literature: How Literature Understands Poverty. Deadline for essay submissions is October 1, 2020.
Download the Call for Papers.

American Literature has a blind submissions policy. Submit manuscripts online at Double-space manuscripts throughout; the length of manuscripts should not exceed 11,000 words, including endnotes and reference list. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. For house style, consult The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition, or a current issue of the journal. Send correspondence about editorial matters to

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Closing Dates
June 2020 (92:2) - Closes 03/11/2020
December 2020 (92:4) - Closes 09/11/2020
September 2020 (92:3) - Closes 06/16/2020
March 2020 (92:1) - Closes 12/05/2019

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ISSN: 0002-9831
e-ISSN: 1527-2117