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Philosophy and Literature

Editor :

Garry L. Hagberg, Bard College

46 (2022)
For more than forty years, Philosophy and Literature has explored the dialogue between literary and philosophical studies. The journal offers fresh, stimulating ideas in the aesthetics of literature, theory of criticism, philosophical interpretation of literature, and literary treatment of philosophy. Philosophy and Literature challenges the cant and pretensions of academic priesthoods through its assortment of lively, wide-ranging essays, notes, and reviews that are written in clear, jargon-free prose.
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Journal Details

46 (2022)
Print: 0190-0013
Online: 1086-329X

Note to Contributors:

Philosophy and Literature welcomes appropriate contributions. These may include philosophical interpretations of literature, literary investigations of classic works of philosophy, articles on the aesthetics of poetry and fiction, philosophy of mind or language relevant to literature, literature and empirical sciences, including recent psychology (such as cognitive or evolutionary psychology), and theory of criticism. Where we believe our readers' interests might be served, we are also willing to consider articles in broader areas of philosophy, aesthetics, politics, the sciences, culture, and the humanities.

Although Philosophy and Literature owes allegiance to no particular school or style of criticism or philosophy, its editors prefer contributions free of jargon or needless technicality. Clarity is one of our ideals.

Articles, which normally should not exceed 6500 words, must be submitted as email attachments (in MS Word). Please include a 100-word abstract. Address submissions and questions to:

Full information on manuscript specifications, which are strictly according to the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, can be found on the Philosophy and Literature style sheet. Notes must appear as endnotes following the body of the manuscript.

Garry Hagberg
Philosophy and Literature
Bard College
New York 12504-5000 USA

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

PHL Peer Review

Philosophy and Literature welcomes submissions of original articles in a number of categories. These include: regular Articles (approx. 6,000-8,000 words); pieces for the Notes and Fragments column (approx. 2,500-4,000 words); pieces for the Creative Directions column (any length from 2,500 to 8,000 words) that may take the form of creative fiction with philosophical content; or pieces for the Coda column (any length from 2,500 to 8,000 words) that are more general commentaries on the state of a given area or field, the direction a field is taking and its broader cultural significance, and so forth. We also invite Critical Exchanges (full book review essays with a reply from the author) Critical Discussions (full book review essays), and multi-book review essays for the Lines of Thought column, as well as some standard shorter book reviews. On occasion we publish short pieces as Readers’ Reponses, submitted in response to a previously published article in the journal. The range of our coverage across the arts and humanities is wider than our title would suggest. Also, submitted articles that fit together on a given theme or topic may be assembled into a set, either for the Symposium section or, with not more than three pieces on a narrowly defined topic, the In Focus section.

All submissions are read by the Editor; some are declined at that stage as inappropriate or unacceptable, with many more moving to a stage of closer and detailed review with the Editor and members of the Editorial Board or, in some cases, other experts. Following this second-phase consideration and consultation the Editor makes the final decision. Intellectual depth, conceptual power and clarity, quality of writing, and sense of serious humane engagement are the only criteria allowed to enter into the consideration of a given submission; no external considerations of stature, academic affiliation, reputation, or of political, social, or religious identity ever come into play. We try to get answers back to authors within approximately four months of the date of submission; while we do send letters in response to all submissions, we regret that we cannot provide readers’ reports. All accepted pieces are worked through carefully and in detail with our Managing Editor in preparation for publication. Our acceptance rate varies depending on the rate of submission, but ranges between 6% and 10%.


Garry L. Hagberg, Bard College

Founding Editor

Denis Dutton (1944–2010), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Editor Emeritus

Patrick Henry, Whitman College

Managing Editor

Cynthia Werthamer, Bard College

Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley
Eva T. H. Brann, St. John’s College, Annapolis
Anthony J. Cascardi, University of California, Berkeley
Nancy Easterlin, University of New Orleans
Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College
Kathleen M. Higgins, University of Texas
Walter Jost, University of Virginia
Deborah Knight, Queen's University, Canada
Joshua Landy, Stanford University ​
Ray Monk, University of Southampton
Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University
Alex Neill, University of Southampton
Wang Ning, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago
Thomas Pavel, University of Chicago​
Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University
Steven Pinker, Harvard University
Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania
Martin Puchner, Harvard University

Journal editor Garry Hagberg has joined JHUP for both a video and a podcast about the journal's importance in the field. 


Send books for review to:

Prof. Garry Hagberg
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000


Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition, 4/1/2005-
    • Academic Search Complete, 4/1/2005-
    • Academic Search Elite, 4/1/2005-
    • Academic Search Premier, 4/1/2005-
    • Current Abstracts, 4/1/2005-
    • Humanities International Complete, 4/1/2005-
    • Humanities International Index, 4/1/2005-
    • Humanities Source, 4/1/2005-
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 4/1/2005-
    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 4/1/2005-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 4/1/2005-
    • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    • The Philosopher's Index
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 4/1/2005-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 2002-
  • Gale
    • Book Review Index Plus
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.14, no.1, 1990-vol.34, no.2, 2010
    • Electronic Collections Online, vol.19, no.1, 1995-vol.34, no.2, 2010
    • Periodical Abstracts, v.24, n.1, 2000-v.34, n.1, 2010
  • Ovid
    • The Philosopher's Index
  • Peeters Publishers
    • Repertoire Bibliographique de la Philosophie (Online)
  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest
    • Art, Design & Architecture Collection, 04/01/1996-
    • Arts & Humanities Database, 04/01/1996-
    • Arts Premium Collection, 4/1/1996-
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Online), Selective
    • Literary Journals Index Full Text
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Periodicals Index Online
    • Philosophy Collection, 04/01/1996-
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 04/01/1996-
    • ProQuest 5000, 04/01/1996-
    • ProQuest 5000 International, 04/01/1996-
    • ProQuest Central, 04/01/1996-
    • Religion Database, 04/01/1996-
    • Research Library, 04/01/1996-
    • The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)
    • The Philosopher's Index

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Children's Book Review Index   (Active)  (Print)
  • Abstracts of English Studies   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Literary Criticism Register   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Social Planning - Policy & Development Abstracts   (Ceased)  (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

Published twice a year

Readers include: Literature scholars, teachers, and students

Print circulation: 131

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