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Submission Guidelines

Comparative Literature welcomes essays that explore intersections among national literatures, global literary trends, and theoretical discourse. Our editors and editorial board are sympathetic to a broad range of theoretical and critical approaches and are strongly committed to presenting the work of talented young scholars breaking new ground in the field. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and should use 12-point type throughout. Notes should be formatted as endnotes, appearing after the text of the essay and before the list of works cited. Ordinarily, manuscripts should not exceed 12,000 words (including notes). Comparative Literature does not publish brief articles (fewer than 7,000 words) or notes, nor do we typically consider unsolicited reviews or review essays. Authors of essays published in the journal receive five complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments to George E. Rowe, Editor, Electronic submissions must be readable on a PC and must be composed in MS Word or in WordPerfect. In addition, all essays must be accompanied by written assurance that they will not be submitted elsewhere until a decision has been reached by the journal's editorial board.

The review process for submissions involves both an initial screening by our in-house staff and, for essays that pass the initial screening, evaluation by at least two expert readers. In most cases, we are able to reach a final decision regarding publication within 4 months. Essays typically appear in print 12–18 months after they are accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage.

Please note that the journal does not send essays to readers for evaluation during June, July, and August.

Correspondence concerning submissions, editorial procedures, and books for review should be addressed to George E. Rowe, Editor, Comparative Literature, 1249 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1249 (phone: 541-346-3975; fax: 541-346-3240; e-mail: For matters involving production and journal exchanges, please contact Lynne Rossi, Production Editor, Comparative Literature, 1249 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1249 (phone: 541-346-4022; fax: 541-346-3240; e-mail:

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