- ISSN: 2056-9211 (Online)
- Frequency: Annual
James Baldwin Review (JBR) is an annual journal that brings together a wide array of peer‐reviewed critical essays and creative non-fiction on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. In addition to these cutting-edge contributions, each issue contains a review of recent Baldwin scholarship and an award-winning graduate student essay. James Baldwin Review publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin; catalyze explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism; and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
Douglas Field, University of Manchester
Justin A. Joyce, Emory University
Dwight A. McBride, Emory University
Ryan Kendall, Emory University
Houston A. Baker, Vanderbilt University
Herb Boyd, City College of New York
Matt Brim, College of Staten Island, CUNY
Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center
Robert J. Corber, Trinity College
Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Princeton University
Clarence E. Hardy III, Fairfield University
Randall Kenan, University of North Carolina
D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University
Leah Mirakhor, Yale University
Brian Norman, Simmons University
Ed Pavlić, University of Georgia
Hortense Spillers, Vanderbilt University
Eleanor W. Traylor, Howard University
Mikko Tuhkanen, Texas A&M University
Cheryl Wall, Rutgers University
Magdalena J. Zaborowska, University of Michigan
Victor Anderson, Vanderbilt University
Rich Blint, The New School
Rashida Braggs, Williams College
Margo Natalie Crawford, University of Pennsylvania
Michele Elam, Stanford University
Roderick A. Ferguson, Yale University
Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
Martin Halliwell, University of Leicester
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced
Carol E. Henderson, Emory University
Davis Houck, Florida State University
Jenny James, Pacific Lutheran University
E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University
Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Cora Kaplan, University of Southampton
John Keene, Rutgers University
William Maxwell, Washington University in St. Louis
Joshua L. Miller, University of Michigan
Koritha Mitchell, The Ohio State University
Aleksander Moturri, Clandestino Festival
Bill Mullen, Purdue University
Charles Nero, Bates College
Claudine Raynaud, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III
Robert Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center
Alan Rice, University of Central Lancashire
Marlon Ross, University of Virginia
Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London
Lynn O. Scott, Michigan State University
Courtney Thorsson, University of Oregon
Joseph Vogel, Merrimack College
Maurice Wallace, Duke University
Dagmawi Woubshet, University of Pennsylvania
Michelle Wright, Emory University
Gianna Zocco, Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL)
Information for authors
The editors encourage the submission of cross disciplinary articles on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin. Possible contributors are welcome to discuss an article proposal or outline with the Managing Editor before committing to a full submission.
Each year the journal also publishes an outstanding essay by a graduate student. Submissions from graduate students should be marked as such, and all submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract and a list of keywords. Please consult our detailed submission instructions on our website:
- Submission to and publication in JBR is free. No submission fee or article processing charge will be applied.
- Articles should be a minimum of 5,000 words and not exceed 10,000 words, including notes. The author is responsible for the word count.
- Articles must include an article abstract of no more than 300 words and a list of between 3 and 6 key words.
- Since articles will undergo a blind review process, ensure that your name and institutional address do not appear anywhere in the article itself.
- Please print your name, institutional address, and e-mail address on a separate page at the end of your article.
- Articles must be prepared according to the Submission Guidelines. Final submissions which do not follow JBR‘s style will be returned for revision.
- Authors must read and prepare their article in accordance with MUP’s Ethics Statement.
- Permission will need to be gained to use any material owned by a third-party. Evidence of permission should for forwarded to the Managing Editor.
- Authors will be required to sign a licence to publish, granting MUP the non-exclusive right to publish the Version of Record.
Peer Review Process
Submissions to James Baldwin Review will undergo a blind peer review process by two reviewers. We rely on experts for candid but fair advice in our review process. Referees assess the originality and the literary/scholarly merit of a submission’s argument. We operate a ‘double-blind’ refereeing process whereby author(s) and reviewers never know each other’s identities.
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. The work may not be remixed, transformed or built upon and any reuse or sharing must be non-commercial.
Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
Call for Papers
James Baldwin Review (JBR), an annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions for its sixth volume. An Open Access online publication, James Baldwin Review brings together a wide array of peer-reviewed critical essays and creative non-fiction on the life, writings, and legacies of James Baldwin. JBR publishes essays that invigorate scholarship on James Baldwin, catalyse explorations of the literary, political, and cultural influence of Baldwin’s writing and political activism, and deepen our understanding and appreciation of this complex and luminary figure.
For its sixth volume, JBR is specifically interested in essays that explore the later period of Baldwin’s life and writings, especially after 1970. Essays utilizing a comparative approach between Baldwin and other 20th century writers and thinkers will also be considered. We are also keen to receive submissions that meditate on how Baldwin’s varied influence and legacies have impacted our current political climates, and those that examine the potentialities and limitations within the current wave of renewed interest in Baldwin. Finally, submissions utilizing archival sources or exploring underexamined parts of Baldwin’s oeuvre will be especially welcome.
Each year the journal also publishes an outstanding essay by a graduate student. Submissions from graduate students should be marked as such, and all submissions must be accompanied by a 250-word abstract and a list of keywords. Please consult our detailed submission instructions on the submissions tab.
We accept submissions throughout the year; submissions received before January 1st, 2020 will receive fullest consideration for volume 6.
It is the aim of James Baldwin Review to provide a vibrant and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Baldwin scholars, students, and enthusiasts.
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