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The Journal of Commonwealth Literature

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
University of York, UK
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2013 SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) Score: 0.231
2013 Ranking: 42/638 in Literature and Literary Theory (Scopus®)
Source: SCImago 2013 Journal Rankings

"The Journal of Commonwealth Literature has long established itself as an invaluable resource and guide for scholars in the overlapping fields of commonwealth Literature, Postcolonial Literature and New Literatures in English. The journal is an institution, a household word and, most of all, a living, working companion." Edward Baugh

With over forty years of publication, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature is internationally recognized as the leading critical and bibliographic forum in the field of Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures. It provides an essential reference tool for scholars, researchers, and information scientists.

Three of the four issues each year bring together the latest critical comment on all aspects of ‘Commonwealth’ and postcolonial literature and related areas, such as postcolonial theory, translation studies, and colonial discourse. The fourth issue provides a comprehensive bibliography of publications in the field.

In the inaugural issue of JCL in 1965, the editors argued that 'the name of this journal...should on no account be construed as a perverse underwriting of any concept of a single, culturally homogeneous body of writings to be thought of as "Commonwealth Literature"'.

This observation remains true today: JCL welcomes a wide range of critical and theoretical submissions on literatures that have been shaped by the British Empire and its residues. We recognize that colonialism is not safely in the past, and the Journal reflects literature's shifting margins, including critiques of texts that explore diasporas and neocolonialism. We also welcome articles that connect gender and sexuality with colonialism, the Commonwealth, and postcoloniality.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Frequency: Quarterly eISSN: 1741-6442 ISSN: 0021-9894
Months of Distribution: March , June , September , December Current Volume: 49 Current Issue: 4
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