Gothic Studies Journal

Gothic Studies


Editor:                            William Hughes, Bath Spa University, UK

Reviews Editors:            Anne Williams, University of Georgia; Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

Assistant Editor:             Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier University


First published in 1999, Gothic Studies is the refereed journal of the International Gothic Association. The journal currently appears twice each year, in May and November, and publishes a mixture of general issues and guest-edited specials. Gothic Studies also includes a regular reviews feature, occasional interviews with significant figures in Gothic, calls for papers and conference announcements. This is the only academic publication exclusively devoted to the field of Gothic, and it thus represents essential reading for students and teachers of the genre.

Contributors and guest editors over the past ten years have included Jerrold E. Hogle, Robert Miles, Benjamin F. Fisher, David Punter, Fred Botting, Neil Cornwell, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Steven Bruhm, Anne Williams, Michelle Massé, Carol A. Senf, Lisa Hopkins, Andrew Smith, Jeffrey N. Cox, Avril Horner, Sue Zlosnik, Gina Wisker, Eugenia DeLamotte, Paulina Palmer, Jason Haslam, Scott Brewster, George E. Haggerty, Catherine Spooner, Manuel Aguirre, Stephen Shapiro, China Miéville and Anne Rice. Gothic Studies aims to publish cutting-edge work by both established scholars and more recent entrants to the field.

Special issues have been produced on a wide range of Gothic authors, periods and national traditions. These have included guest-edited editions on Monstrosity and Anthropology, Romanticism and the ‘New Gothic’, Reanimating Gothic Drama, Gothic Cults and Gothic Cultures, Postcolonial Gothic, Female Gothic, Queering Gothic Films, Italy and the Gothic, Gothic in Contemporary Popular Culture, Postfeminist Gothic and Material Gothic. Future special issues will include considerations of Gothic and theory, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gothic and Addiction, eighteenth-century Gothic and Scottish Gothic. Gothic Studies is especially interested in commissioning special issues which expand or question the existing boundaries of the genre.


Writing and editing for Gothic Studies

Gothic Studies invites two types of submissions from its readers. The journal will publish articles on any period, national tradition, or topic within the Gothic in general issues. These appear usually every 18 to 24 months, and so potential contributors should be aware that there is likely to be a delay between commissioning and publication. The journal also commissions special issues from qualified guest-editors, who are responsible for drafting a call for papers, for the initial moderation process, and for the editing and introduction of the final volume. Potential guest editors should contact the Editor, who will both advise them on the content of the proposal, and support the editing of the special issue whilst it is in progress.

All contributions submitted to Gothic Studies are read anonymously by at least two readers, one of whom is normally a member of the journal’s international Editorial Advisory Board. Further readers may be brought in, should agreement not be reached by the original readers. The reading process will always remain anonymous, and the names of contributors and readers are never divulged by the journal. Readers’ reports are made available to the contributor, whether the proposed piece is commissioned or not. Editorial decisions are final, and no further correspondence will be entered into should an article be rejected.

Before submitting a manuscript, please ensure that it conforms as closely as possible to the journal’s style sheet, and that your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript (including headers, footers or contact details appended at the end of the article). Manuscripts should be between 3000 and 7000 in length, and should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words.  Manuscripts must be submitted online at Please direct any queries about the submission or review process to the Assistant Editor, Dr Emily Alder,

Proposals for special issues should be sent to the Editor, Professor William Hughes, Department of English, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath BA2 9BN UK.


Reviewing for Gothic Studies

Reviews should be 900-1200 words in length. Review articles which consider two or more work may be somewhat longer. Reviews and review articles should be produced to the journal’s style guidelines. If you would like to review for Gothic Studies, please contact the reviews editor responsible for the area in which the work is published:

Europe and Asia: Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn,, Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester, M1 5NH
US, Canada, Australia: Professor Anne Williams, Department of English, University of Georgia, Park Hall 254, Athens GA 30602-6205 USA.


Subscribing to Gothic Studies

Subscriptions to Gothic Studies are currently £46, US$73 or €46 for individuals, and £107, US$197 or €176 for institutions (figures correct on 4 July 2008). Gothic Studies is published by Manchester University Press on behalf of the International Gothic Association.

Institutional subscriptions may be ordered through the Subscriptions Department, Marston Book Services, PO Box 269, Abingdon, OX14 4YN UK. On-line access to back issues of Gothic Studies is included with institutional subscriptions only.

Individual subscriptions include full personal membership of the International Gothic Association. Contact the Executive Officer for details: Dr Monica Germana,, University of Westminster, Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies,
32-38 Wells Street, London, W1T 3UW, UK.; or complete the on-line PayPal form.

Further information, including current subscription rates, can be found at

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