American Literature


American Literature

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Special Issue of American Literature: Senses with/out Subjects. Deadline for essay submissions is October 4, 2021. Download the Call for Papers.

Journal Current volume: 93 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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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:
Sadye Teiser

Editorial Assistants:
Amber R. Manning
Benjamin J. Murphy

Editorial Board:
Justine S. Murison, 2021
Emily Ogden, 2021
Britt Rusert, 2021
Derrick R. Spires, 2021
Kyla Wazana Tompkins, 2021
Sari Altschuler, 2022
Christopher Freeburg, 2022
Heather Houser, 2022
Sonnet Retman, 2022
Kelly Wisecup, 2022
Jesse Alemán, 2023
Lauren F. Klein, 2023
Michael Leong, 2023
Stephen Hong Sohn, 2023
Rebecca Wanzo, 2023

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Call for Papers

Special Issue of American Literature: Senses with/out Subjects. Deadline for essay submissions is October 4, 2021. 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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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, European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) PLUS, 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), 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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ISSN: 0002-9831
e-ISSN: 1527-2117