Comparative Literature


Comparative Literature

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For information on how to submit an article, visit submission guidelines.

Journal Current volume: 73 Frequency: Quarterly

Academic Editor: Michael Allan

Comparative Literature is wholly owned and directed by the University of Oregon.

The oldest journal in its field in the United States, Comparative Literature explores issues in literary history and theory. The ACLA-affiliated publication presents a variety of critical approaches and offers a wide-ranging look at the intersections of national literatures, global literary trends, and theoretical discourse. Continually evolving since its inception in 1949, the journal remains a source for cutting-edge research and prides itself on publishing the work of talented scholars breaking new ground in the field.

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Editorial Office:
Comparative Literature
1249 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1249

Michael Allan, University of Oregon

Production Editor:
Leslie Rutberg

Book Review Editor:
Tze-Yin Teo

Editors Emeritus:
Steven Rendall
George E. Rowe

Associate Editors:
Roy Chan
Cecilia Enjuto Rangel
Sangita Gopal
Leah Middlebrook
Jenifer Presto

Editorial Board:
Carlos J. Alonso
Anjalil Arondekar
Christopher Braider
Peter Brooks
Bill Burgwinkle
Kenneth S. Calhoon
Rey Chow
Joan E. DeJean
Caryl Emerson
Nergis Ertürk
Gerald Gillespie
Nicholas Harrison
David Quint
Haun Saussy
Shu-mei Shih
Susan R. Suleiman
Shaden M. Tageldin

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Comparative Literature welcomes essays that explore intersections among national literatures, global literary trends, and cultural history and theory. Our editors and editorial board welcome a broad range of critical approaches and are strongly committed to presenting the work of scholars breaking new ground in the field.

Manuscripts must not exceed 12,000 words (including notes), and include an additional 200 word abstract. We typically do not publish brief articles (fewer than 7,000 words) or notes, nor do we consider unsolicited reviews or review essays. Our journal has a blind submissions policy, and we ask that you please remove your name, affiliations and any other identifying information, throughout the manuscript. We limit our review to one submission per author every 24 months.

Submit essays through our Editorial Manager site. Our editorial office is closed from June 15th to September 15th, so all submissions received during the summer will be reviewed when our office reopens in mid-September. 

Our review process for submissions involves both an initial screening by our in-house editorial team and, for essays that pass the initial screening, evaluation by at least two expert readers. Your essay must not be submitted elsewhere until a decision has been reached by the journal's editorial board.

General Formatting:
• The essay should be formatted as a Word document.
• Use 12 pt. Times Roman font throughout (including notes).
• Double space throughout (including notes and block quotations).
• Set 1” margins on all sides of each page.
• Put page numbers in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Do not include any other material, such as a header or footer.
• Type all footnotes as endnotes (they will appear as footnotes in the published journal) and arrange the essay in the following order: Text, Endnotes, References, Figure Captions (if any).
• Follow US conventions for punctuation and spelling throughout.

Authors revising accepted submissions should conform to the more detailed style guide posted below. Please feel free to address any additional correspondence concerning submissions, editorial procedures, books for review to our editor, Michael Allan, and any queries about production or journal exchanges to our production editor, Leslie Rutberg. Both can be reached at

Special Issues:
Comparative Literature is committed to remaining a venue for the unsolicited publication of peer-reviewed articles, which means we publish no more than one special issue per year. If you would like to be considered as a guest editor, please provide the following details in your proposal: a general overview of your issue, including a title and description (roughly 500 words); the title and abstract for each committed article (roughly 250 words each); and a short biography for each committed author (roughly 250 words each). The word count for the completed special issue should be between 60,000 and 75,000 words, which is typically no more than six essays. Proposals are reviewed once a year and must be submitted to by May 15.

Forms for authors of accepted manuscripts:
Style guide
Guidelines for keywords
Publication agreement
Permissions instructions
Permissions form letter

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Indexed/abstracted in the following: Academic ASAP, Academic OneFile, Academic Search Alumni Edition, Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (Online), ArticleFirst, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, ATLA Religion Database (American Theological Library Association), Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online), Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Book Review Index Plus Current Abstracts, Current Contents, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) PLUS, Expanded Academic ASAP, General OneFile, Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), Humanities International Complete, Humanities International Index, Humanities Source Ultimate, Humanities Source, IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, InfoTrac Custom, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, Literary Reference Center Plus, Literary Reference Center, Literary Reference Center: Main Edition, MasterFILE Complete, MasterFILE Elite, MasterFILE Premier, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson), Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, Professional ProQuest Central, ProQuest 5000, ProQuest Central, Research Library, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies, Scopus, TOC Premier (Table of Contents), Ulrichsweb, Web of Science, World Banking Abstracts (Online).
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ISSN: 0010-4124
e-ISSN: 1945-8517