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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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
Denis Dutton (1944–2010), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Patrick Henry, Whitman College
Cynthia Werthamer, Bard College
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.
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