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Hannah C. Wojciehowski and Allen MacDuffie, Editors

Texas Studies in Literature and Language is an established journal of literary criticism publishing substantial essays reflecting a variety of critical approaches and covering all periods of literary history.

Recent Issues

Spring 2024, 66:1


End of the Road: Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, and True Crime in the Auto-apocalyptic West
by Jacqueline Foertsch

Reopening the Dan White Trial in Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice
by Eui Young Kim

What Is Aggro? Situationist Aesthetics in the Plays of Howard Brenton
by Sedat Bay and Cengiz Karagöz

García Márquez’s Literary Smuggling in The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
by Néfer Muñoz-Solano

Winter 2023, 65:4

Special Issue: Kazuo Ishiguro


Archive Notes: An Introduction to the Kazuo Ishiguro Papers
by Megan Barnard

Intratextual Ishiguro: Transitional Spaces and the Unmaking of Interpretative Communities
by Ivan Stacy

Emotional Repression in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun
by Yiqun Xiao

Reimagining Community at the Open Marshland: Ecocritical Anti-Bildung in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
by Nami Shin

Love as Subjectification in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
by Amy Christmas

Roles That Contain and Restrain: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, Klara and the Sun, and Living
by Keith Oatley

Romanticism and Consciousness, Revisited: A Roundtable Discussion
by Samuel Baker, Joel Faflak, Richard C. Sha, Jacques Khalip, Kate Singer, Nancy Yousef, Hannah Wojciehowski, and Mustafa Aycicegi

Fall 2023, 65:3


Vampirism in the Ether: Radio’s Horrific Potential in Orson Welles’s “Dracula”
by Nicholas a. Sabo

Nothing to See Here, Move On: A New Look at Humor in Aldous Huxley’s Mock-Dystopic Brave New World
by Kenneth Eckert

The Importance of Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest
by John G. Peters

“Why Am I a Girl?”: Gender Variance and the Racial Ideal in Frank Bidart’s “Ellen West”
by Catherine Irwin

Summer 2023, 65:2


Under the Sign of the Middle Passage: Black Solidarity Reimagined
by Yeshua G. B. Tolle

Ommateum and the Early Career of A. R. Ammons
by Kevin McGuirk

The Politics of Black Domesticity in Martin R. Delany’s Blake, or the Huts of America
by Joohee Seo

Lord Byron in Colonial Korea: Korean Intellectuals Pursuing National Freedom in the Spirit of Byron
by Jae Young Park

The Roots and Routes of Black Emancipation in Sutton Grigg’s Imperium in Imperio
by Chaney Hill

Spring 2023, 65:1


“Observance of Civility”: Jewish Identity and Anxiety in Seinfeld and William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
by Reto Winckler

Samuel Beckett’s Allusions to John Donne
by Shawn Smith

Irony, Recusancy, and Repentance in Robert Southwell’s Saint Peter’s Complaint
by Ronald Corthell

“Understanding Each Other Perfectly”: The Desire for Unmediated Communion in Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss”
by Nils Clausson

Winter 2022, 64:4


Out of the Closet and Into the Home: Gertrude Steinm, Alice B. Toklas, and the Affordances of the Domestic Interior
by Michael Abraham

The South/Western Gothic: White Capitalist Zombies in Katherine Anne Porter’s Noon Wine
by Bailey Moorhead

The Unfinishedness & Untimeliness of A Raisin in the Sun
by Benjamin Schwartz

The Other James: James Joyce, Henry James, and Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark
by Marilynn Richtarik

Stevie as Revolutionary in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent
by Sungjin Jang and John G. Peters

Fall 2022, 64:3


Between Land and Settler Subjectivity: The Modernist Animal’s Territory in Katherine Mansfield’s Prelude
by Anushka Sen

The Daughter’s Paradox: Filial Piety and Rebellion in Three Chinese Mother-Daughter Narratives
by Wang Lang

Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Naturalism/Dialect Poetry Divide
by Patricia Chaudron

Howard Jacobson’s Shylock Is My Name and the Badiou-Agamben Debate on Paul the Apostle
by Jaecheol Kim

“No Sorcery”: Chess, Artistic Sensibility, and Subjective Development in The Queen’s Gambit
by Paul H. Schmidt

Summer 2022, 64:2


“The Moon Shines Down the Stair/To See Who’s There”: The Poetics of the Crossword and the Cross Words of Poetics
by David Ben-Merre

Transnational Intimacy in Israel Potter
by Yoshiaki Furui

Between Transgression and Conviviality: Everyday Urban Space and the Carnivalesque Strategies in The Lovely Londoners
by Bomi Jeon

Owning a Sense of Perversity in Ellen Wood’s East Lynne
by Sun Jai Kim

Spring 2022, 64:1

The Surprising Success of C.R. Maturin’s Bertram: A Collaboration with Scott, Byron, Kean and Murray
by Jae Young Park

Jinjitsu of the Spirit: Trublood, His Audience, and Lyrical Subversion in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
by Joel Peckham

The Reading Closet
by Sunggyung Jo

Reading Post-slavery Subjectivities in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Teresa Feroli

A Rite of Finitude: Richard Wilbur’s Hermeneutic Ontology
by William Tate

Winter 2021, 63:4

The Politics of the Poison Pen: Communism, Caricature, and Scapegoats in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
by Luke Sayers

Compromised Men and Aspiring Women: The Fatality of Romance in James M. Cain’s Depression-Era Novels
by Robert Lance Snyder

Silence, Space, and Absence in Joseph Conrad’s African Fiction
by John G. Peters

The Dialectics of Barbarous Civilization: Black Transnational Modernsim in Claude Mckay’s Banjo
by Tomohiro Hori

Negotiating the Politics of Chinese Fiction: The Case of Yan Lianke’s “Child”
by Haiyan Xie

Fall 2021, 63:3

Creative Creatures
by Patricia Clare Ingham

Charles d’Orléans’s “Fowle Langage”
by Holly Barbaccia

“The Surface on Which You Work”: Self-Alienation and the Culture of Narcissism in The Edible Woman
by Cailin Flannery Roles

Miserable Communions: Sentimentality in Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
by Annie Bolotin

A Man in Search of Family: Kinship and Decline in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission
by Jay N. Shelat

Summer 2021, 63:2

The Wizard of Awe: An Introduction in Three Parts
by Domino R, Perez

“You Are a Cortez!”: Robert Rodriguez’s Tejano Sensibility and Restorative Kinship in the Spy Kids Series
by Jennifer Lozano

The Latinx Fantastic: Robert Rodriguez and the Power of His Speculative Storytelling
by Christopher González

Robert Rodriguez: Teaching Creativity
by Charles Ramírez Berg

Speculative-Real Ethnoracial Spaces and the Formation of a Nepantlera Warrior
by Frederick Luis Aldama

From Dawn Till Dusk: El Rey Network and the Evolution of Cable Television in the 2010s
by Alisa Perren

Spring 2021, 63:1

Shakespeare the Formalist: Reading and Rewriting John Marston in the Poets’ War
by Meghan C. Andrews

Post-9/11-Disaster Katrina: Reenacting American Innocence in Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun
by Jung-Suk Hwang

The Critique of Reason and Biopolitics in William Blake’s The Four Zoas
by Haram Lee

A Schoolhouse of Their Own: Economic Erotics in The Children’s Hour
by Margaret Speer

Lautrémont, Anarchism and the Origins of the Avant-Garde
by Neil Nehring

Submissions and Reviews

Texas Studies in Literature and Language invites essays in all areas and eras of literary studies and on American, British, and world literature. Please submit manuscripts of 8,000–10,000 words, inclusive of notes and works cited, in the most recent version of Word and MLA format (TSLL uses the MLA Handbook, 9th edition). Please be sure to include with your submission an abstract of no more than 100 words, and a 75–100 word author profile. Submissions must be double-spaced in Courier font and 12-point type and should not contain information that reveals the author’s identity. Manuscripts should be sent to: TSLL@austin.utexas.edu. Receipt of a manuscript is acknowledged. Decisions take two to four months and require strong recommendations from one to three reviewers and the editors. Please note we will review only one submission per author per year. TSLL does not accept notes or book reviews.

Manuscripts and editorial correspondence: TSLL@austin.utexas.edu.

Mailing address:

Department of English
University of Texas at Austin
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Austin, Texas 78712-1164

Peer-Review Process and Publication Ethics

Peer-Review Process

Articles submitted to Texas Studies in Literature and Language are initially reviewed by the editors, who determine whether the manuscript will be sent to outside reviewers. If chosen for review, the manuscript is then evaluated in a double-blind process by at least two and usually three outside reviewers, including members of the journal’s Editorial Board, and/or other experts in relevant fields as selected by the editors. This peer review process is designed to ensure that  TSLL publishes only original, accurate, and timely articles that contribute new knowledge, insights or valuable perspectives to our discipline.


Reviewers play a vital role in ensuring the quality of papers published in the journal.

Questions addressed by reviewers include:

  • Is the topic within the scope of the journal?
  • Is the topic significant or sufficiently interesting to warrant publication?
  • Is the scholarship adequately documented and is relevant literature reviewed?
  • Are the research aims and any methodological choices made by author clear and justified?
  • Is the article well organized and clearly written?

Reviewers make one of three recommendations: acceptance, acceptance with revision, rejection. Reviewers are asked to include comments explaining the recommendation to provide authors with suitable feedback to improve the article. Our aim is to create a constructive process that benefits the journal and the authors while respecting the time and efforts of all volunteer reviewers.

Review Timetable

We understand that the timeliness of decisions and publication is a major concern of authors. The typical manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and sent out to reviewers within a couple of weeks after submission. Reviewers typically have six weeks to prepare their review (a second round of reviews may be solicited if the initial reviewers disagree). Then a couple of weeks are typically required to reconcile reviewer comments (and identify any significant copyediting issues for papers that were accepted or accepted with slight revisions). Thus, it is quite possible that an author could hear back in less than two months from the time of submission. However, the realities of the peer-review process sometimes extend our timeline. You will receive a response as expeditiously as possible. If you are seeking publication for a tenure packet, please allow for ample review time and let us know this is a consideration. Authors receive the reviewers’ comments and are often asked to revise the manuscript in line with the reviewers’ and/or editor’s suggestions. If the revised article is accepted for publication, the editor then determines the journal issue in which it will appear. Authors can help speed the process by ensuring they follow the submission requirements and, if accepted, addressing the reviewers comments and any copy-editing requirements in a timely fashion.

Publication Ethics

The editor(s) and editorial board of Texas Studies in Literature and Language are committed to the following:

  • We will make our best efforts to ensure that our peer-review processes and editorial decisions are fair and unbiased, and that manuscripts are judged solely on their merits by individuals with appropriate levels of expertise in the subject area.
    • We have the right to reject a manuscript at any point in the process if, after an unbiased evaluation, it is the opinion of the editor(s) it does not align with the journal’s mission or editorial policies or would be in conflict with the journal’s legal requirements.
  • We will treat submitted manuscripts as confidential documents and will not discuss them or share information about them with anyone outside the editorial staff, editorial board, potential reviewers, or the publisher.
  • We expect transparency on the part of editors and reviewers regarding potential conflicts of interest and will assign manuscripts to individuals who are not expected to have such conflicts.
  • We expect authors to help us uphold our ethical standards by
    • submitting only original works;
    • respecting the intellectual property rights of others;
    • adhering to the journal’s policies regarding simultaneous submissions;
    • acknowledging sources;
    • appropriately crediting all authors, other research participants, and funding sources;
    • disclosing any potential conflicts of interest; and
    • notifying the editors and/or publisher of any significant errors discovered after submission or publication.
  • We will promptly investigate any credible allegation of unethical or illegal practices related to an article we have published. When warranted, we will issue corrections, retractions, and/or apologies, working with the author(s) as appropriate to find the best resolution.
  • Concerns may be reported directly to the editor(s) or publisher by email at tsll@austin.utexas.edu.

Tony Hilfer Prize Winners

The Tony Hilfer Prize is awarded annually for Best Article published in each volume of TSLL by a faculty member and a graduate student. Each award includes a monentary prize.

2022: Vol. 64

Paul Schmidt, “’No Sorcery’: Chess, Artistic Sensibility, and Subjective Development in Walter Tevis’ The Queen’s Gambit

Benjamin Schwartz “The Unfinishedness & Untimeliness of A Raisin in the Sun” (Best Graduate Student Essay)

2021: Vol. 63

Patricia Ingham, “Creative Creatures”

Annie Bolotin, “Miserable Communions: Sentimentality in Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Best Graduate Student Essay)

2020: Vol. 62

Gregory Alan Phipps, “Male Friendships and Betrayal in the Fiction of Graham Greene”

Melissa Merte, “Plotting an Economic and Romantic Path Forward: Miss Matty’s Tea Shop and the Gendered Cycles of Cranford (Best Graduate Student Essay)

2019: Vol. 61

Douglas Dowland, “The Politics of Resentment in JD Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy

Lindsay Munnelly, “Obstinate Objects: Agency as Immobility in Henry James’s The Spoils of Poynton (Best Graduate Student Essay)

2018: Vol. 60

Jeffrey Michael Clapp, “Robert Lowell, Richard Nixon, and the Poetics of Surveillance”

2017: Vol. 59

Joseph Taylor, “Arthurian Biopolitics: Sovereignty and Ecology in Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlisle

2016: Vol. 58

Marshelle Woodward, “Paradox Regained: Reconsidering Thomas Browne’s Double Hermeneutics”

2015: Vol. 57

Ery Shin, “The Apocalypse for Barnes”

2014: Vol. 56

Annette R. Federico, “Dorothea’s Boudoir: Dream-Work and Ethical Perception in Middlemarch

2013: Vol. 55

Jason Hoppe, “Personality and Poetic Election in the Preceptual Relationship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1862-1886”

2012: Vol. 54

Kenneth Hodges, “Reformed Dragons: Bevis of Hampton, Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, and Spenser’s Faerie Queene

2011: Vol. 53 (Co-Winners)

Gwendolyn Blume: “The Reader-Brand: Tolstoy in England at the Turn of the Century” and Dustin Stewart, “Legacies of Reading in the Late Poetry of Thomas Merton”

2010: Vol. 52

Douglas Taylor, “Three Lean Cats in a Hall of Mirrors: James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, and Eldridge Cleaver on Race and Masculinity”

2009: Vol. 51

Monica Cohen, “Noblemen Who Have Gone Wrong: Novel-Reading Pirates and the Victorian Stage in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance

2008: Vol. 50

Steven W. May, “George Puttenham’s Lewd and Illicit Career”


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