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384. What Is a Journal? Toward a Theory of Periodical Studies

Friday, 4 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Public Garden, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: J. Stephen Murphy, New York, NY

Speakers: Ann Ardis, Univ. of Delaware, Newark; Sean Latham, Univ. of Tulsa; Dallas H. Liddle, Augsburg Coll.; James Mussell, Univ. of Birmingham; Matthew Philpotts, Univ. of Manchester

Matthew Philpotts's Annotation:
Position papers online at:

Journal of Victorian Culture Online:

European Society for Periodical Research:

For position papers, visit after 1 Nov.

Session Description:

Research in periodical studies continues to flourish, yielding numerous projects that take the periodical as an object of inquiry in its own right. Yet the theoretical development of the field remains elusive. This session tackles this weakness, bringing together periodical scholars from different disciplines to address the fundamental conceptual issues raised by this vibrant new field.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary Criticism and Theory

  • The Profession – Publishing and Editing

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