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J19: The Journal of Nineteenth Century Americanists

Editors :

Sarah E. Chinn, Hunter College and Brigitte Fielder, University of Wisconsin-Madison

11 (2023)
J19 is the official publication of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Published twice annually, the journal is dedicated to publishing innovative research on and analysis of the "long nineteenth century" (1783-1914).
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The editors invite essay submissions in all areas of American cultural studies from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Manuscripts should not be under consideration elsewhere, and they should not identify the author except on an accompanying sheet that includes the title of the submission, the name of the author, and the author's regular-mail and email addresses.

Traditional essay manuscripts must include a 100-200 word abstract and be submitted as a Word document. Manuscripts of between 9,000 and 12,000 words including notes, will be peer-reviewed in a timely manner. We encourage submissions from all disciplines.

The Editors solicit Pleasure Reading submissions of brief (3,000-4,000 word) essays about a text—visual or artifact, literary or critical, old or new, material or virtual—that  brought you pleasure and that you believe will bring pleasure to others.  Submissions should focus on the content of the text as well as its significance for other readers, and should convey the terms of your enjoyment.  These are neither book reviews nor scholarly articles.  They are accounts of books, articles, images, objects that have influenced your writing, your thinking, or your living. The editors are seeking pieces that are thoughtful, inventive, enthusiastic and above all fun to read. They are not subject to the essay submission/review process but instead will be read by the editors.  The editors welcome queries about your ideas for possible submissions. (Here is a sample piece by Stacey Margolis, Univ. of Utah)

Submit manuscripts via email to:

Access a PDF of submission information here.

C19 also sponsors a regular podcast of topics that intersect with the long 19th century in the United States. For more information, you can write to

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Sarah E. Chinn        
Hunter College, CUNY

Brigitte Fielder        
Associate Professor        
University of Wisconsin-Madison        
Managing Editor

Natalie Baggett        
Vanderbilt University

Editorial Advisory Board

Jesse Alemán        
Professor of English        
University of New Mexico

John Levi Barnard        
Associate Professor, English        
University of Illinois

Sarah Blackwood        
Associate Professor of English 
Pace University

 Sari Edelstein      
Professor of English 
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Bert Emerson        
Associate Professor of English        
Whitworth University

Benjamin Fagan        
Associate Professor of English        
Auburn University

Jennifer Greiman        
Associate Professor of English        
Wake Forest University

 Jeffrey Insko       
Associate Professor of English 
Oakland University 

Julia H. Lee        
Professor of Asian American Studies        
University of California at Irvine

Laura Mielke        
Dean’s Professor        
University of Kansas

 Kristin Moriah    
Assistant Professor of English 
Queen’s University

 Janet Neary   
Associate Professor English Department  
Hunter College, City University of New York

Nadia Nurhussein        
Professor of English and Africana Studies        
Johns Hopkins University

Eliza Richards        
Professor of English and Comparative Literature        
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kathryn Walkiewicz        
Assistant Professor        
University of California at San Diego

 Nazera Wright  
Associate Professor of English  
University of Kentucky

Elizabeth Young        
Professor of English        
Mount Holyoke College

Books get reviews and conference papers get questions, but journal articles—so central to our intellectual lives as scholars and teachers—often get no immediate response. With our “Letters” section, J19 seeks to provide a forum for readers’ comments, questions, critiques and suggestions. These responses, we hope, will not only be useful for writers, but will foster networks of scholars who are working on related topics or problems. More broadly, we see the “Letters” section as a site for debate, conversation, and community. The editors thus solicit letters of no more than 1000 words in dialogue with essays from previous issues. 

J19 does not review individual books. We do, however, publish state-of-the-field review essays. If you are interested in submitting a review essay on 3 or more current books in the same subfield, please contact the editors. G19, the  C19 graduate student caucus, also conducts interviews with scholars on their recent books. For past and current conversations: G19 Forum.

Call for Papers

Special Issue:

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911)

Guest Editors:

Kristin Moriah (Queen’s University) & Rafael Walker (Baruch College, CUNY)

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper made extraordinary contributions to the American nineteenth century. A poet and orator, writer of short and long fiction, and an essayist and activist, she continues to garner the interest of scholars of nineteenth-century American studies. To celebrate the bicentennial of Harper’s birthday, J19 is dedicating its very first special issue to this groundbreaking author—a tribute to her enduring significance to our field.

We welcome essays on all facets of Harper and her work, from essays treating her work across genres and throughout her long career to ones interested in the history and current state of scholarship on Harper. We hope for submissions from scholars at all career levels.

Please submit complete essays of no more than 10,000 words, including notes, accompanied by a 100-200 word abstract, to, including “HarperIssue” in both the email subject line and the file name. Submissions should be received by September 1st, 2024. Manuscripts should not be under consideration elsewhere and should not identify the author except on an accompanying sheet that includes the title of the submission, the name of the author, and the author's postal and email addresses.

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Readers include: Scholars/students of American culture and literature from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries 

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