English Literature

Theories, Interpretations, Contexts
     topic: cultures of eurasia and the americas   literatures  
  • e-ISSN 2420-823X
  • Periodicity annual
  • Permalink doi.org
  • Language en, it
  • Anvur class A 10L1,10F4
Aims & Scope

English Literature. Theories, Interpretations, Contexts was founded within the National Association of Teachers of English Studies (ANDA) in 2014. Presently, the journal is run by an independent board of scholars in English literature. It provides room for a critical analysis of issues and themes concerning English literature, also in a comparative view. The journal wants to promote a multidisciplinary approach to literature, to its relations with the various fields of knowledge, with culture, society, science, and the arts. It is also proposed as a privileged place for the discussion of the tools and strategies used by literature, according to various theoretical perspectives. The journal promotes the discussion and exchange of ideas among researchers, teachers and young scholars at both an international and national level.

General info

  • peopleBoards
    Flavio Gregori, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Editorial Board
    Silvia Bigliazzi, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia    
    Elisa Bizzotto, Università IUAV di Venezia, Italia    
    Kent Cartwright, University of Maryland, USA    
    Rocco Coronato, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia    
    Mariaconcetta Costantini, Università degli Studi «G. d’Annunzio», Chieti-Pescara, Italia    
    Gregory Dowling, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    David Newbold, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Paolo Bertinetti, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Isabelle Bour, Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle, France    
    Paul Crosthwaite, The University of Edinburgh, UK    
    Peter De Voogd, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands    
    Christoph Ehland, Universität Paderborn, Germany    
    William B. Gerard, Auburn University at Montgomery, USA    
    Paul Goring, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet Trondheim, Norway    
    Peter Hunt, Cardiff University-Prifysgol Caerdydd, UK    
    Linda Hutcheon, University of Toronto, Canada    
    Allan Ingram, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK    
    Jason Lawrence, University of Hull, UK    
    Jakub Lipski, Kazimierz Wielki University Bydgoszcz, Poland    
    John Mullan, University College London, UK    
    Jude V. Nixon, Salem State University, USA    
    Antonella Riem Natale, Università degli Studi di Udine, Italia    
    Biancamaria Rizzardi, Università di Pisa, Italia    
    Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, Université Toulouse 2 Le Mirail, France    
    Luisa Villa, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italia    
    Alex Woloch, Stanford University, USA    
    Nathalie Zimpfer, École Normale Supérieure Lyon, France    

    Direttore responsabile
    Giuseppe Sofo, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Proposal / Submission

Use the form to submit a proposal.

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The article processing charges are regulated by the Publisher. For more information please visit: Publish with us.

Peer review

Every article published by ECF was accepted for publication by no less than two qualified reviewers as a result of a process of anonymous reviewing (double-blind peer review).

The reviewers are independent of the authors and not affiliated with the same institution.

The Journal’s/Series’ Scientific Director guarantees the proper execution of the peer review process for every article published in the Journal/Series. The evaluation is conducted in accordance with the following criteria:
Revision policies for the different sections:

  • Complete volume/issue: subject to peer review
  • Monographs/essays/articles: subject to peer review
  • Introductions, prefaces: no peer review
  • Reviews: no peer review
  • Editorials: no peer review
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Editorial Guidelines
  • listEditorial Guidelines

    To be published all manuscripts must comply with the following guidelines. In case of blatant violation of the guidelines, the editor (ECF) can suspend at any time the manuscript’s publication.

    The instructions for the preparation of your manuscript, its abstract and its bibliography, are an integral part of the requirements for the manuscript submission. They are downloadable from the menu ‘Publish with us’ at the item ‘Editorial Guidelines’.

    • Manuscript Preparation
    • Document Basic Structure
    • Document Composition
    • Source Citation System
    • General Bibliography

    To find out more, please contact Edizioni Ca’ Foscari’s editorial staff at ecf@unive.it.

  • call_to_actionCall for papers


    The journal English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts, published at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, invites scholars to send article proposals on the topic of “The wonderful, the fantastic, and the preternatural and their verisimilar representation from the Gothic novel to Fin-de-Siècle Literature”.

    We shall be happy to consider essays that address the representation of the marvellous, the wonderful, the preternatural, the abnormal, the monstrous, the hybrid, and in general the 'fantastic' and improbable in the English novels and/or prose works from the early Gothic to the long Fin de siècle. In particular, the articles should consider how writers negotiated with the ruling style of modern novel, realism, and adapted the wonderful/preternatural/monstrous, etc. to the poetics and forms of mimetic presentation of events, characters, scenes, places etc. (and viceversa), and to the expectations of the reading public (when the wonderful clashed, and/or collaborated, with mimesis; when the wonderful substituted, supplemented, or integrated realistic ways of fictional representation, when mimetic expectations suppressed or supplanted implausible or illusory stories etc.).

    The Journal will also consider proposals for the Miscellany section of the journal on any topic, issue, subject-matter related to English literature and literatures in English.

    The deadline for sending your proposal and article is May 15th, 2020.

    To send your proposal, complete with abstract, keywords and contributor’s data, please refer to the journal webpage: English Literature, scroll down and click on “Contacts”, open and fill in the form complete with proposed title and abstract, and click on ‘Submit‘ button. Alternatively, you may write to the journal's director, prof. Flavio Gregori (<flagre@unive.it).

    Shortly after your submission of proposal you will receive an answer from the editors informing on how to access the Journal website, where you will be able to upload the article and be updated about the peer reviewing and publication process.

    The deadline for uploading your article is September 1st, 2020.

    All proposed articles will go through double-blind revision by two peers. The outcome of the revision can be accessed on your personal page within 45 days from the submission of your article.

    English literature started its publication in December 2014 and is a fully open access journal. It is indexed in Scopus, ERIH-plus, MLA Directory of periodicals, Crossref, DOAJ.

    For the journal’s stylesheet (based on MLA) please see: Editorial guidelines. More information about the journal and its policy can be read here: English Literature.

    In full compliance with open-access policies, the journal applies no costs for publication of articles. The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Contributors can keep their articles’ copyrights and are allowed to re-use their articles for further publication, provided they do not publish the same or modified version before one full year from its publication in English Literature.

    English Literature’s policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) ethical code.

    If you have any query concerning the Journal or the present call, please write to english.lit@unive.it.

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    Ethical Code of English Literature

    English Literature is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

    Publisher responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of English Literature alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the English Literature Editors.

    The English Literature Editors and Editorial Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    If the English Literature Editors and Editorial Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation. 

    Authors responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the English Literature website. 

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the English Literature Editors. 


    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The English Literature Editors will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Citations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the English Literature Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the English Literature Editors and Editorial Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the English Literature Editors. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.