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Journal Current volume: 54 Frequency: Three issues annually

Academic Editor: Nancy Armstrong

Novel is the official journal of the Society for Novel Studies.

Novel is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best new criticism and theory in novel studies. The journal took up this mission in the days of formalism and has responded to the innovative moments in the field during the half-century that has elapsed since then—including ideology critique, feminist and critical race theory, poststructuralism, cultural studies, and new historicism—by publishing the most interesting new work on the novel. As globalization and crises in biopolitics and the environment rapidly increase, and as models of affect theory multiply, the novel and how we read it are undergoing a sea change. Novel is especially interested in theory and scholarship that address these changes in terms of their formal, historical, political, and/or epistemological significance.


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Editorial Office:
Department of English
Duke University
314 Allen Building
Box 90015
Durham, NC 27708-0015
919-613-6845, 919-613-6850
919-613-6842 (fax)

Nancy Armstrong, Duke University

Associate Editors:
Ellen Rooney
Timothy Bewes
John Marx
Lloyd Pratt

Assistant Editors:
Russell Coldicutt
Rithika Ramamurthy

Editorial Assistant:
Kimberley Dimitriadis

Multimedia Editorial Assistant:
Hannah Rogers

Production Assistants:
Fabrizio Ciccone
Christina Gilligan
Tara Holman
Brianna McNish
Katherine Preston
Christopher Yates

Advisory Board:
Amanda Anderson
Jonathan Arac
Rita Barnard
Rey Chow
Daniel Cottom
Nicholas Daly
Lennard J. Davis
Madhu Dubey
Ann duCille
Ian Duncan
Jane Elliott
Jennifer Fleissner
Anna Kornbluh
John Plotz
Kathy Alexis Psomiades
Kent Puckett
Bruce Robbins
John Carlos Rowe
Paul K. Saint-Amour
Leonard Tennenhouse
Aarthi Vadde
Jennifer Wicke

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All manuscripts must conform to the guidelines in the MLA Handbook (Seventh Edition), with in-text parenthetical documentation and a list of works cited. In addition, all manuscripts should be typed with size 12 font, 1 inch margins, and double-spacing. Informational footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Though we do not maintain formal length requirements, the editors recommend that all manuscripts remain within the range of 20–32 pages, including footnotes and works cited. Novel reserves the right to return submissions that do not meet these specifications.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically along with a cover letter containing all relevant contact information (e-mail, mailing address). Please name your submission in this format: <last name, first name, date>. Example: Armstrong, Nancy, 12-3-15. Name your cover letter in the format <last name, first name, date> Cover Letter. Example: Armstrong, Nancy, 12-3-15 Cover Letter. Electronic copies of the manuscript and cover letter should be sent in PDF format to

All submissions received will be acknowledged via e-mail upon arrival, and all official correspondence regarding the editors' decisions will also be sent by e-mail. Please keep us apprised of any anticipated changes of address or contact information.

Novel's three-stage review process typically takes 12–16 weeks, allowing time for processing by the editorial staff, an initial editorial review, evaluation by external specialists in a relevant field, and, finally, review by the editorial board. Novel does not return or reconsider rejected manuscripts.
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August 2021 (54:2) - Closes 05/24/2021
November 2021 (54:3) - Closes 08/27/2021

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ISSN: 0029-5132
e-ISSN: 1945-8509