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Contemporary Literature


Executive Editor: Thomas Schaub, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Editor for Poetry: Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Editor for American Fiction: Michael LeMahieu, Clemson University
Editor for British and Anglophone Fiction: Yogita Goyal, University of California, Los Angeles

ISSN: 0010-7484, e-ISSN: 1548-9949
Published four times per year


Contemporary Literature publishes scholarly essays on contemporary writing in English, interviews with established and emerging authors, and reviews of recent critical books in the field. The journal welcomes articles on multiple genres, including poetry, the novel, drama, creative nonfiction, new media and digital literature, and graphic narrative. CL published the first articles on Thomas Pynchon and Susan Howe and the first interviews with Margaret Drabble and Don DeLillo; it also helped to introduce Kazuo Ishiguro, Eavan Boland, and J.M. Coetzee to American readers. As a forum for discussing issues animating the range of contemporary literary studies, CL features the full diversity of critical practices. The editors seek articles that frame their analysis of texts within larger literary historical, theoretical or cultural debates.


Special Issues:

CL: Immigrant Fictions

CL: Contemporary Literature and the State

American Poetry: 2000-2009

Immigrant Fictions:
Contemporary Literature
vol. 47 #4.
Also available as an ebook

Contemporary Literature and the State, vol. 49 #4.
Also available as an ebook.

American Poetry:
2000–2009, Contemporary
, vol. 52 #4

Fiction since 2000: Postmillennial Commitments    

Fiction since 2000: Postmillennial Commitments, vol. 53 #4



New in ebook format: special issues of Contemporary Literature

Sample content from Contemporary Literature, without a subscription. These ebooks, developed from topical, special issues of the journal, provide broadened access to the work of important thinkers and researchers who have applied their talents to topics of wide interest.


Immigrant Fictions: Contemporary Literature in an Age of Globalization, Special Issue of Contemporary Literature 47:4 (Winter 2006), Edited by Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Contemporary Literature and the State, Special Issue of Contemporary Literature 49:4 (Winter 2008), Edited by Matthew Hart and Jim Hansen


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The complete back run of Contemporary Literature beginning with volume 1 (1960) is available online at academic and public libraries and research institutions that subscribe to the JSTOR digital archive. Click here to access Contemporary Literature through JSTOR.

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Printed back issues may be purchased from the University of Wisconsin Press for $20 each for US addresses, $30 for international addresses. Call (608) 263-0668, or email  journals@uwpress.wisc.edu  to check current availability. For single copies of specific articles, click here.