Studies in Romanticism publishes original essays on all aspects of literature and culture of the Romantic century (1750-1850). Upon submission, articles are screened by the editor and managing editor for appropriateness for the journal. Those submissions deemed appropriate then go through a double-blind peer review process. In preparing manuscripts, contributors should consult the Chicago Manual of Style, and specifically the “Notes and Bibliography” section appropriate for scholars in the humanities. Essays should be no more than 9,000 words in length inclusive of notes and bibliography, double-spaced in 12-point type using Times New Roman font, and should not have right justified margins. Footnotes should be at the bottom of the page and kept to a minimum. The first footnote for any source should include a full citation. Subsequent references to primary sources may by cited parenthetically in the text; other references should be cited as abbreviated footnotes. A quick version of the guidelines, with examples, appears online at chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide. Contributions must be in English; text quoted in other languages should include an English translation. Please save your manuscript in MS Word (.doc preferred). An abstract of no more than 300 words, headed with the title of the essay and the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, should be sent as a separate attachment. The author’s name must not be identified anywhere in the essay–neither in the text itself, nor in the footnotes, nor in headers or footers. Any self-citations should be in the third person. Use images only if they are necessary for your argument, and keep the overall number to a maximum of three.
The essay should be emailed as an attachment, along with the abstract, to Jennifer Reed, the managing editor, at email@example.com. SiR will not consider essays already published or under consideration elsewhere.
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Studies in Romanticism publishes original essays on all aspects of literature and culture of the Romantic century (1750–1850). Studies in Romanticism will not consider essays already published or under consideration elsewhere. This includes translations of articles that have previously been published in other languages. We publish book reviews but do not publish informal articles.
Essays are submitted to the managing editor and are evaluated by the editor to determine whether or not they will be sent out for review. Submissions deemed appropriate go through a double-blind peer review process. Readers provide one of the following recommendations: (1) Acceptance, (2) Conditional Acceptance, or (3) Revise and Resubmit, and (4) Rejection. If reader evaluations conflict, the editor makes a final decision, or in some cases sends the essay out to a third reader. In cases where an author has been asked to make minor revisions, the editor alone evaluates the revised essay. If revisions are more significant, the essay may be sent back to one of the initial referees for evaluation. Once the essay has been formally accepted, it enters the publication queue. In the case of Special Issues, we typically solicit one referee for the entire issue. We aim to publish articles within one year of their acceptance.
Editor: Jennifer Reed, Boston University
Deadline:March 15th 2023
Essay Length: 9,000 words (full-length essays); 3,000 words (forum contributions)
Review Process: Anonymous peer review
Projected Publication Date: Spring 2024
Studies in Romanticism invites proposals for essays that reflect on how the field of Romantic literature and culture (1750–1850) is changing and being changed by work in the Digital Humanities. This will be an interdisciplinary issue, featuring a wide range of materials and methodologies. We will include full-length scholarly essays (9000 words), as well as shorter pieces (3000 words). The shorter pieces will comprise a forum that addresses how particular archives are being transformed by digitization. We encourage proposals for essays that consider the following topics:
Forum contributions will focus on and illuminate particular archives, but may certainly engage with any of the topics listed above.
We invite proposals of between 300 and 500 words by March 15th, submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.Contributors will be notified about acceptance of proposals by April 1st, with final essays due by September 1st, 2023. Contributions by junior scholars are encouraged, as are contributions by librarians, archivists, and material culture curators.
Editors: Mary-Ann Constantine, Nigel Leask, Finola O’Kane
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 30th
Length of Final Submissions: 9,000 words, or 3–5000 words
Projected Publication Date: Summer 2024
In the last decade or so, critical interest has focused on the home tour of Britain and Ireland, considered in the light of (to name some salient themes), improvement, picturesque aesthetics, gender, “natures in translation,” the European grand tour, and British identities. Yet although the Romantic-era tour of Wales, Scotland, Ireland was strictly speaking ‘domestic,’ the term is problematic when ‘home’ represented a place of multiple, sometimes conflicting identities. The Celtic languages remained largely unintelligible to English, Continental, or urban-based visitors, as well as to those from further afield, participating in the ‘pluricultural’ and multiracial Britain of the long 18th century. That very unintelligibility played its part in how these countries were experienced and described. Michael Cronin criticizes a tendency in recent scholarship to ignore the traveler’s “interlingual” situation, the role of language and translation in giving meaning to people and places encountered. Wordsworth’s demand of the “Solitary Reaper’s” Gaelic song “Will no one tell me what she sings?” underscores the experiences of many Romantic tourists roaming “in a strange land, and far from home.”
As new critiques of Celtic identities have demonstrated, all parts of the archipelago were drawn into, and many profited from, the orbit of British colonial expansion. Nonetheless, at a time of consolidating Britishness, the counter-hegemonic power of the Celtic-speaking cultures often constituted “dangerous histories” (e.g. Ossian, Owen Glyndŵr, Brian Boru) that disrupted larger narratives of British and imperial identity. In this special issue, we seek to explore how those other voices impacted on the growing numbers of tourists and travelers flocking to visit Wales, Scotland, and Ireland—and (since many influential Romantic writers were among them) upon the wider culture of Romanticism.
Since 2014, Mary-Ann Constantine and Nigel Leask have directed the “Curious Travellers” project, focusing on the Scottish and Welsh tours of Thomas Pennant and their legacy in the decades 1760–1820 (https://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/). In partnership with Irish landscape historian Finola O’Kane, we now invite contributions for our special issue, taking the multi-lingual nature of the ‘home’ tour as a starting point for a wider engagement, across a range of genres, with Celtic languages and landscapes in the Romantic period.
We invite contributions of either full-length scholarly essays (9000 words), or shorter pieces (3–5000 words) which might focus on specific case studies. Please submit proposals by March 30th, and completed essays by November 15th, 2023. Authors will be contacted by April 30th with a decision about their proposals.
Please send proposals to Nigel.Leask@glasgow.ac.uk.
Landscape and Language: Romantic Travelers in the Celtic Nations.pdf
SiR welcomes submissions of special issue topics. Successful topics would not be conference proceedings, but they may grow out of an event or collaborative project where authors worked toward a coherent and timely topic of inquiry together and then revised their essays to this end. The special issue editor/s should send a brief, abstract-length description of the topic and names of proposed contributors for initial consideration to the managing editor. If the initial fit seems good, they will be invited to submit a 6-8 page proposal similar to one for an essay collection, with project overview and argument, intended audience and significance, competing volumes/issues, abstracts of each essay, and brief details on contributors.
Special issues should consist of four to six essays of a maximum of 9000 words each including notes and bibliography. The editorial Introduction can be 5000 words maximum, and the total number of images should not exceed 15. Issue editors are responsible for submitting to the managing editor the complete manuscript conforming to the length limits, assuring the references are all according to house style, and including all images and copyright permissions per journal requirements. Special topic issues will be subject to peer review as with all manuscripts.
We also accept proposals for shorter symposia or forums focusing on the impact of a significant current scholarly work or issue within or outside literary studies, with an invited set of responses addressing this text or issue directly (similar to PMLA’s “Theories and Methodologies”). To propose a symposium or forum, follow the same procedures as for proposing a special issue (a brief initial inquiry followed by a more substantive proposal). The symposium format would consist of shorter, more polemical contributions. Interdisciplinary and/or methodologically innovative topics are particularly encouraged.
Adriana Craciun, Boston University
Joseph Rezek, Boston University
Jennifer Reed, Boston University
Ian Newman, Notre Dame
Alan Bewell, University of Toronto
David Bromwich, Yale University
Luisa Calè, Birkbeck, University of London
Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Manu Samriti Chander, Rutgers University-Newark
James Chandler, University of Chicago
Linda Colley, Princeton University
Jeffrey N. Cox, University of Colorado, Boulder
James Davies, University of California, Berkeley
Mary Favret, Johns Hopkins University
Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Gilmartin, California Institute of Technology
Ian Haywood, University of Roehampton, London
Noah Heringman, University of Missouri
Theresa Kelley, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jon Klancher, Carnegie Mellon University
Greg Kucich, University of Notre Dame
Nigel Leask, University of Glasgow
Michelle Levy, Simon Fraser University
Peter J. Manning, Stony Brook University
Patricia A. Matthew, Montclair State University
Alan Richardson, Boston College
Charles J. Rzepka, Boston University
Stacey Sloboda, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Kenneth R. Johnston, Indiana University, Bloomington
Jerome J. McGann, University of Virginia
Morton D. Paley, University of California, Berkeley
David Wagenknecht, Boston University
The Book Reviews section provides concise, substantive assessments (approx. 1200-1500 words) of recently published scholarly titles in the field. While attending to all major works of scholarship, including new scholarly editions and essay collections, SiR takes an especial interest in reviewing first monographs and work by younger scholars.
Send all book review correspondence to:
Ian Newman, Notre Dame
Presses should send any review copies to:
University of Notre Dame
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 USA
Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.
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