Friday, January 26, 2007

Postcolonial Journals

(This post is mainly for the academics in the audience)

Following is a short list of "Postcolonial" oriented journals. Now that my book is out, I'm planning to focus on writing some articles, which means, to begin with, getting a better sense of what's actually out there.

There is a useful feature in the MLA Bibliography search, where you can search by "Periodical Subject." If you search for "postcolonial," 34 journals show up, and I've been exploring them. (I don't know why I never tried this before; one of my colleagues showed me how). On the individual entries for the journals, MLA actually gives very specific information as to how long articles should be, what the turn-around rate is, and what the submission/acceptance ratio is.

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

Hybridity: Journal of Cultures, Texts, and Identities does not seem to have a website. It is published in Singapore.

Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. I published a review with them some time ago.

New Literatures Review is published in Australia.

Textual Practice is not a specifically postcolonial journal, though it does list "postcolonial" as one of its keywords.

Journal of Commonwealth Literature

Ariel: A Review of International Literature; it is published in Calgary. This is one of the preeminent postcolonial journals; they are highly selective.

Wasafiri. I've published an essay with them; they are good (also preeminent, if I can say so myself).

Kunapipi. Another Australian poco journal.

Postcolonial Text. It's online-only, but it is peer-reviewed.

Postcolonial Studies.

Jouvert is defunct -- I'm curious to know what happened there.

South Asian Review. I'm editing a special issue for them this year; I'm also on the Advisory Board.

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Paul Brians has a list that includes a few other journals on his site at Washington State University.

And there's another list here.

Can anyone think of other journals they would recommend?

Secondly, do readers have experiences with these journals they would like to share? (feel free to comment anonymously, if you prefer)


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Anonymous said...

I come here and read in gulps, so I'm late to congratulate you on your book. Hurrah!

And since I'm a modernist there's little overlap in journals here. My favorite journal experience I *will* share: I decided to aim high and submit to ELH (English Literary History). About seven days later, I got rejected via postcard. The next day, I got a postcard acknowledging receipt of my article and begging patience while they considered it...

Good luck with the book's journey in the world and hearty congrats on it!!!--Anne (Fernald)

Amardeep said...

Anne, I'm also a modernist on the days I'm not being a poco person.

I find it difficult to feel confident writing about the well-known modernists -- so much has already been said!

Anonymous said...

Amardeep, Congratulations on the book!

You may find the following useful:

Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies

Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

Journal of Postcolonial Education

[I'm really surprised _Interventions_ is not on the MLA list! {huff} ]

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lists.
Quality of Kunapipi's articles seems mixed.
South Asian Review is a good journal; its
reach is expanding.
I recommend the submission /revision process of
Journal of Commonwealth Literature and feel
that their articles are consistently of high
quality (I've subscribed for years).

Mendi O. said...

Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art

Masood Raja said...

Here is another list of postcolonial journals:

Anonymous said...

Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory also publishes articles on postcolonial studies.