Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Postcolonial Text is an international, refereed, multi-disciplinary electronic journal presenting a global forum for both the critical discussion of postcolonial literature, culture, history, and theory, as well as postcolonial poetry and fiction. Thus Postcolonial Text provides a public space on the internet through which to disseminate otherwise difficult-to-access literary texts among a larger, truly international audience. It is concerned with ways of negotiating the various epistemological, cultural, social, and political links and disjunctures between postcolonial, western, and diasporic communities of writers, readers, and academics.

Postcolonial Text fosters critical discussions about the culturally contested and, at times, theoretically slippery terrain of postcolonial studies. In particular, this e-journal examines the relationship between postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and such newly emerging fields as transnational cultural and globalization studies. The journal invites work that is concerned with different concepts of the nation; transnational and translocal forms of belonging; cosmopolitanisms; competing sites and venues of cultural knowledge production; the aesthetics and politics of postcolonial writing; cultural memory; the gap between the social and cultural realities of postcolonial writers and their critical reception at home and abroad; and the relationships between various modes of scripting oral, written, and visual texts across different cultures.

At the same time, the journal recognizes that postcolonial studies can be appropriated as a master discourse of cultural identity that tends to homogenize and regulate culturally and geographically vastly different texts and identities. In order to remain critical of academically instituted forms of cultural knowledge production, Postcolonial Text remains committed to a rigorous analysis of the neocolonial and uneven power relationships between the North and the South at the crossroads of class, gender, and race.

The following are some of Postcolonial Text's intended, distinctive contributions to postcolonial literary studies:

The journal will publish work that investigates the multiple relationships between postcolonial, indigenous, and global discourses of cultural knowledge production. The journal also combines rigorously refereed academic articles with the publication of poetry and fiction from different traditions of postcolonial writing. As well, it pays particular critical attention to the ways in which the aesthetics of postcolonial texts inform their political projects and vice versa. Moreover, as an open access e-journal, it uses the electronic medium to self-consciously and critically expand and intensify the critical exchange between postcolonial critics, theorists, and artists in the North and the South.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Articles

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Interviews

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Book Reviews

GUIDELINES for REVIEWS:

Length of reviews: 1000 to 1200 words to be uploaded directly to the website by registering as an author and submitting to "Book Reviews" section.

We publish reviews of books published up to to 2 years only.

This journal does not publish reviews of poetry/novels/short story anthologies.

Publishers and/or authors should contact Geetha Ganapathy-Dore (geethagd@hotmail.com) regarding new publications by scholars emanating from the following regions: Canada, India, Asia Minor, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, South Pacific Islands;

Publishers and/or authors should contact Alessandra Capperdoni(acapperd@sfu.ca) regarding new publications by scholars emanating from the following regions: Europe, U.K., the United States, Caribbean Islands, Latin America, Africa.

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Poetry, Fiction, Drama

Editors
  • Christopher Kelen
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Special Issue: Postcolonial Trauma Studies

Editors
  • Saadi Nikro
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Special Issue: Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa

Editors
  • Paul Ugor
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Special Issue: The Parapostcolonial: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Approaches

Editors
  • Anna Bocking-Welch
  • Isabelle Hesse
  • Sarah Pett
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Special Issue: Translated Worlds: History, Diaspora, South Asia

Editors
  • Chandrima Chakraborty
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10.3 Articles

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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10.3 Poetry, Fiction, Drama

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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On Translating

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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10.4 Articles

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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10.4 Poetry, Fiction, Drama

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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Remembering Chelva

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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Cluster on J.M. Coetzee

Editors
  • Sharanya Jayawickrama
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Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to Postcolonial Text are subjected to an anonymous peer review by two reviewers. In this process the identities of authors and reviewers are not revealed to each other. The reviewers' recommendations are taken into consideration by the editor handling the submission in arriving at publication and revision decisions. See Section Policies in About the Journal for policies pertaining to the different sections of the journal.

 

Publication Frequency

Postcolonial Text began by publishing two issues a year. It is now a quarterly journal.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.

 

Indexes and Affiliations

Postcolonial Text is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and the MLA Directory of Periodicals. It is also listed in one of the new 7 Mega Databases of EBSCOhost (the Humanities Source).

In 2008, it was invited to join the prestigious Open Humanities Press (OHP). http://openhumanitiespress.org/postcolonial-text.html