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Studies in Romanticism

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Adriana Craciun, Boston University

63 (2024-25)
Studies in Romanticism is the flagship journal of Romantic literary studies. Edited at Boston University since its founding there in 1961, SiR has been committed to advancing the study of literature and culture in the dynamic "Romantic Century" of 1750-1850. International in sympathies and interdisciplinary in approaches, SiR publishes the highest caliber scholarship on British, Anglophone, and European Romantic-era studies from diverse methodological perspectives.
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Journal Details

63 (2024-25)
Print: 0039-3762
Online: 2330-118X

Peer review and submission process

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 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 use of Chat GPT or similar AI language-generating tools in the production of submissions constitutes academic dishonesty.

The essay should be emailed as an attachment, along with the abstract, to Jennifer Reed, the managing editor, at rommgr@bu.eduSiR will not consider essays already published or under consideration elsewhere.

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

Peer Review

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.

Wheatley in London

Submission deadline February 1, 2024

Submissions are invited for a forum that is scheduled for publication in the Fall 2024 issue of Studies in Romanticism titled, “Wheatley in London,” guest edited by Bakary Diaby (Skidmore College) and Abigail Zitin (Rutgers University). The title of this forum refers to a biographical fact: Phillis Wheatley traveled to London in the summer of 1773, prior to the September publication of her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. The literary-historical implications of this fact are far reaching, touching on Wheatley’s place in the canons of African-American, Black Diasporic, American, and British literature. The aim of this forum is to situate Wheatley’s career in relation to British studies, shoring up the significance of London, and of Britain more generally, as one of the multiple contexts she negotiated during her short and remarkable life.

Wheatley’s writing addressed audiences in the metropole as well as the American colonies, but she is still largely taught as a founding figure for African-American literature. “Wheatley in London” asks what happens when we return her to a context in which she also flourished: transatlantic evangelical English-language print culture of the 1770s. Our aim is to reconstruct the contingency of her development as an author and public figure—before the full emergence of African-American literature, before U.S. nationhood. What are the implications of this reframing for Wheatley pedagogy and scholarship from the perspective of the capitol of the British Empire?

Attention to the British context reminds us that there were Black intellectuals in 1770s London; that there was a thriving abolitionist movement and an array of evangelical Christian sects that intersected with that movement in complicated ways. Thanks to the publication of laboring-class poets, “natural genius” was in vogue. Still, no matter how skillful and innovative Wheatley’s use of conventions like the heroic couplet, those conventions retain their association with white British poets, sometimes posing a dilemma for readers and critics. Some are tempted to cast her as a Miltonic or a Romantic visionary, thereby trapping in amber the idea of “Augustan” poets as boring conservatives ever to be reacted against. Others—notably, Black feminists from June Jordan to Honorée Fanonne Jeffers—have asked us to imagine what Wheatley (Peters) might have written could she have expressed herself freely.

Building on the explosion of interest in Wheatley in recent years, including a recent Special Issue in Early American Literature edited by Tara A Bynum, Brigitte Fielder, and Cassander L. Smith, we invite contributors to focus on the view from London in 1773. “Wheatley in London” seeks to augment our understanding of the role of poet as an aspect of Wheatley’s self-fashioning—poetry as a vocation but also, on the verge of its Romantic transfiguration, as a career.

We invite contributions of short essays (between 3,000 and 6,000 words) by February 1, 2024. Submissions should be sent to the forum co-editors, Bakary Diaby ( and Abigail Zitin ( Any queries should also be addressed to the forum co-editors.

Printable PDF available here.

Studies in Romanticism
Special Issues Guidelines

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

Associate Editor

Ian Newman, University of Notre Dame

Managing Editor

Jennifer Reed, Boston University

Book Review Editor

Susan Valladares, Durham University

Advisory Board

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    
Joseph Rezek, Boston University   
Charles J. Rzepka, Boston University    
Stacey Sloboda, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Emeritus Editors

Kenneth R. Johnston, Indiana University, Bloomington    
Jerome J. McGann, University of Virginia    
Morton D. Paley, University of California, Berkeley   
Charles J. Rzepka, Boston University    
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:  
Susan Valladares, Durham University

Presses should send any review copies to:  
Dr Susan Valladares
Department of English Studies
Durham University 
Elvet Riverside 

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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Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Abstracts of English Studies   (Ceased)  (Print)
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  • MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • The Music Index (Print)   (Ceased)  (Print)

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