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    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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    June 2019 (91:2) - Closes 03/11/19
    September 2019 (91:3) - Closes 06/17/19
    December 2019 (91:4) - Closes 09/16/19
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  • Description

    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.

    Electronic access to current and back volumes of American Literature is available through a combination of read.dukeupress.edu/american-literature and JSTOR.

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

    Abstractors and Indexers:

    Indexed/abstracted in the following: Academic ASAP, Academic OneFile, Academic Search Alumni Edition, Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, Advanced Placement Source, America: History and Life, ArticleFirst, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association), Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Book Review Index Plus Chicano Database, Current Abstracts, Current Contents, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, Electronic Collections Online, Expanded Academic ASAP, Gender Studies Database, General OneFile, General Reference Center Gold, Historical Abstracts (Online), Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), Humanities International Complete, Humanities International Index, Humanities Source Ultimate, Humanities Source, IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, InfoTrac Custom, InfoTrac Student Edition, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, IT Source, Library & Information Science Source, Literary Reference Center Plus, Literary Reference Center, Literary Reference Center: Main Edition, MasterFILE Complete, MasterFILE Elite, MasterFILE Premier, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association) - EBSCO, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association) - Gale, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association) - ProQuest, OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, PubMed, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies, Scopus, Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983 (H.W. Wilson), SocINDEX with Full Text, SocINDEX, TOC Premier (Table of Contents), Ulrichsweb, Web of Science.

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