Pacific Coast Philology 2019 CFP: Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility, and Vision"

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Call for Publications
September 1, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Pacific Coast Philology, the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), the west coast affiliate of the MLA, is looking for papers. We publish two volumes of the journal annually, one a general issue and one a special issue on a specific topic. Published in the fall, the Special Issue is dedicated to a special topic and edited by a guest editor. The 2014 special topic was “Migration, Immigration, and Movement in Literatures, Film, and Culture,” followed by "Familiar Spirits" (2015) and “Hybrids and Other Fusions” (2016). 2017 and 2018 saw “Archives, Libraries, Properties” and “Metafamily,” respectively, while this year’s special topic will be “Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility, and Vision” and the topic for 2020 will be “Actors, Stages, Worlds.”


We are currently in search of essays from PAMLA members and non-members alike on a wide range of literary, cultural, language-based, and media-focused topics for the regular issue, to be published in the spring of 2020. Given the wide range of scholarship published in the journal, we strongly encourage proposers to submit manuscripts written for a broad scholarly audience, essays with a clear, fully developed main thesis, essays that contextualize analysis within the relevant theoretical framework, and most importantly essays that further the discourse in interesting, thought-provoking ways.


We request manuscripts of between approximately 5,000 to 8,000 words. You may submit manuscripts at any time, but we are particularly interested in submissions by September 1, 2019. Before submitting, please edit carefully with attention to style, grammar, and bibliographical citations using the latest MLA handbook rules. For the general issue of Pacific Coast Philology, please submit electronic essays to General Editors Roswitha Burwick and Richard Sperber at For general questions, please contact Roswitha Burwick: or . You may also contact Richard Sperber: