Il Tolomeo

Rivista di studi postcoloniali | A Postcolonial Studies Journal | Journal d’études postcoloniales
Topic: Literature

Aims & Scope

Il Tolomeo first saw the light of day in 1995, thanks to the work of a group of postcolonial scholars at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, reviews, interviews, and previously unpublished original contributions in the field of francophone and anglophone literature. Il Tolomeo investigates the postcolonial literary phenomenon in all its manifestations, but is particularly interested in contributions which take a comparative, interdisciplinary approach: dialogues between literature and the arts, investigations of hybrid forms such as comic strips and cinema, research which links literary studies with the social sciences, or innovative approaches such as digital and environmental humanities. Throughout its history, Il Tolomeo has been an important point of reference for postcolonial studies in Italy, hosting original writings and interviews with major voices in the anglophone and francophone world (Derek Walcott, Amitav Ghosh, Nadine Gordimer, Rita El Khayat, Anthony Phelps, Anita Desai, Christine De Luca, Antonine Maillet, Roland Paret, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and many others). In its new digital open access version, its aim is to continue to reflect the destinies of a burgeoning and extraordinarily innovative disciplinary field, and to offer a space for dialogue between postcolonial writers and scholars. Issues of Il Tolomeo which predate 2016 can be accessed via LEAR (The Linguistic Electronic Archive at Ca' Foscari University), at the following webpage: LEAR.

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    Editorial Scientific Board
    Shaul Bassi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Carmen Concilio, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Alessandro Costantini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marco Fazzini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Serenella Iovino, University of North Carolina, USA    
    Lila Lamrous, Université Clermont Auvergne, France    
    Pablo Mukherjee, University of Warwick, UK    
    Michal Obszynski, Institut d’études romanes - Université de Varsovie, Pologne    
    Yolaine Parisot, Université Paris Val de Marne, France    

    General Editor | Directeur
    Alessandro Costantini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    International Scientific Board | Comité scientifique international
    Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford, UK    
    Andrea Calì, Università del Salento, Italia    
    Yves Chemla, Université Paris V, France    
    Kathleen Gyssels, University of Antwerpen, Belgium    
    Graham Huggan, University of Leeds, UK    
    Jean Jonassaint, Syracuse University, USA    
    Józef Kwaterko, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Polska    
    Chris Mann, Rhodes University, South Africa    
    Giulio Marra, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marco Modenesi, Università di Milano, Italia    
    Radhika Mohanran, Cardiff University, UK    
    Francesca Romana Paci, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italia    
    Armando Pajalich, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Sandra Ponzanesi, University College Utrecht, Nederlands    
    Itala Vivan, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia    
    Tony Voss, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa    

    Boards of Directors
    Shaul Bassi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Alessandro Costantini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marco Fazzini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Editorial Board | Comité de rédaction
    Gerardo Acerenza, Università di Trento, Italia    
    Esterino Adami, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Franca Bernabei, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia  
    Michela Calderaro, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italia    
    Roberta Cimarosti, Wake Forest University, Venezia  
    Marta Cariello, Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italia    
    Alessandra Di Maio, Università di Palermo, Italia  
    Carmen Concilio, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Alessandro Costantini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Irene De Angelis, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Lucio De Capitani, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Luisa Pèrcopo, Cardiff University, UK  
    Sara Del Rossi, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Polska    
    Adriano Elia, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    
    Marco Fazzini, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Maria Paola Guarducci, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    
    Yannick Hamon, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Marie-Christine Jamet, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Jean-François Plamondon, Università di Bologna  
    David Newbold, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Silvia Riva, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia    
    Margherita Cannavacciuolo, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia  
    Biancamaria Rizzardi, Università di Pisa, Italia    
    Giuseppe Serpillo, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italia    
    Eliana Vicari, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Alessia Vignoli, Instytut Romanistyki, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Polska    
    Ilaria Vitali, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Italia    
    Anna Zoppellari, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italia    

    Editorial assistants | Secrétaires de rédaction
    Fulvia Ardenghi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Silvia Boraso, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Lucio De Capitani, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

    Direttore responsabile
    Lorenzo Tomasin  

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Editorial Guidelines
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    Submission guidelines

    Il Tolomeo accepts submissions of the following kinds:

    - essays 5000/6000 words, 30.000-35.000 characters (spaces included) – exceptions may be allowed at the editor’s discretion in exceptional circumstances;

    - reviews (1500-2000 words, 9000-15.000 characters, spaces included);

    - interviews (15000-2000 words, 9000-15.000 characters, spaces included);

    - unpublished pieces.


    The deadlines are stated in the call for papers. Il Tolomeo is published once a year.

    Prospective contributors should send their submissions for Il Tolomeo to

    Please attach: 

    -       bio-bibliographical note in English (max. 700 characters, spaces included);

    -       an abstract in English (max. 1000 characters, spaces included – this is not necessary for reviews);

    -       keywords in English;

    -       preferred contact email address and institutional affiliation.

    Submissions will undergo an initial review process by two members of the editorial board. Notice of acceptance will be given within 15 days.

    Authors will have time to revise their submission which they will then return to

    Authors will subsequently upload their contribution on the digital platform in order to start the double-blind peer-review process, but only after an explicit approval of the editorial board to do so. The contribution will be sent to two reviewers. Authors will receive the results of the peer-reviews on the digital platform and will be able to upload their contribution in its final form.

    Only essays undergo the peer review process. Proposals for book reviews, interviews, and unpublished manuscripts are evaluated exclusively by the editorial committee and the directors.

    Authors will be able to check their contributions before publication.    

    Prospective contributions will undergo a preliminary evaluation by the editorial board, and, if deemed suitable, will be sent for double-blind peer-review. The editorial board reserves the right to request modifications whenever necessary and to reject contributions that are not relevant to the scope of Il Tolomeo.

    Avant d’être acceptés pour la publication, les articles et les diverses contributions seront soumis à l’examen de la Rédaction d’abord, d’experts anonymes pour l’évaluation en double aveugle ensuite. La Rédaction peut demander éventuellement aux auteurs des modifications ou ne pas accepter les textes considérés non adéquats aux exigences et aux principes de Il Tolomeo

    Editorial guidelines for Il Tolomeo (Edizioni Ca’ Foscari)

    For an extended version, please consult: 

    Some of the guidelines are:


    It is preferable to divide the text into sections, which should all be numbered consecutively starting from number 1. No text portions should be left unnumbered (e.g. an “Introduction” section will be numbered ‘1’). Sections should also be titled: titles are in 14 point size, bold/bold Italics type (not only Italics, or only UPPERCASE). Sections may also be further divided into subsections, numbered 1, 1.1, 1.1.1 and so on.

    Quotation Marks

    Use double quotation marks (“ ”) for in-text quotations, double and single ones (“ ‘ ’ ”) to put a quote within a quote and single quotation marks (‘ ’) for emphasis. Single quotation marks are used also to:

    - highlight a specific ‘concept’;

    - describe the precise meaning of a ‘term’;

    - highlight an ‘idiomatic’, ‘metaphorical’ or ‘inappropriate’ use of a term;

    - highlight the ‘meaning’ of a foreign word. 


    Short quotations

    Quotations counting less than 10 words should be included in the main text and enclosed in inverted commas “ ”.

    If a citation concludes a period, the full stop follows the quote. If the quotation is followed by a bibliographical citation, the full stop (as any other punctuation mark) should be placed after it.

    Long quotations

    Quotations longer than 10 words must be:

    • detached from the body text and preceded and followed by a blank line;

    • indented 1 cm from the left with respect to the main body of text;

    • in roman, body 11, spacing 1;

    • NOT be enclosed in quotation marks “ ”;

    • end with a full stop. 

    References: Author-Date System

    It is the standard requested by the Publisher. In this system, the bibliographic references are directly included in the body of the text and not in the footnotes.

    Short References in the Text

    A short reference is given between parentheses and includes the following information: the Author’s last name, the year of publication (no punctuation intervening) and, if needed, the page numbers (preceded by a comma, with a small dash - separating page numbers and no ‘p./pp.’ abbreviation). Complete information regarding the publication (e.g. editor’s or translator’s name) is given only in the final bibliography. If the author’s last name is already mentioned in text segment where the short reference is, there is no need to repeat it between parentheses.


    Direct Quote

    Main text “cited text” (Last name year, 120-5).

    Smith (2010, 25) in his work argues that “....”.

    My work is defined “an interesting book” (Smith 2016, 120-5).



    All figures must have a caption, in the form of “Figure *number*”, ending with no final punctuation mark. Captions should follow the figures they refer to and contain all the available information, according to the following scheme: Figure 1. Author, Title. Year. Technical/Support/Material, Measures. Place, Institution, Location. Source of Image, copyright (no final punctuation mark).


    All hyphens between inclusive numbers and those with the role of traits d’union are to be replaced by little dashes -, whereas, when separating two phrases, the long dash – has to be used.

    General Bibliography (examples)


    Smith, John (2017). My Work. A Close Overview. London: Open Editions.


    Article in a Journal

    Smith,  John  (2017). “The Gothic. Tales and Myths”. English Literature, 8(3), 89-112.


    Article in a Collection

    Smith,  John  (2017).  “The Gothic.  Tales and Myths”. Jones,  Elisabeth (ed.), The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century. London: Open Editions, 91-112.

    For other examples, please consult:

  • Call for papers

    Call for papers 2020 - English version

    Il Tolomeo invites submissions to the 2020 issue (n. 22). The issue is devoted to postcolonial approaches to the environmental humanities, with special emphasis on the most recent trends and developments. Topics may include:

    • - revisiting the postcolonial canon from an ecocritical perspective;
    • - literary figurations of the anthropocene and the climate crisis;
    • - posthumanism and postcolonialism;
    • - adaptation, resilience, survival in postcolonial literatures and cultures;
    • - postcolonial practices of climate activism and/or environmental justice; public humanities at the intersection of the postcolonial and the environmental;
    • - blue humanities;
    • - indigenous knowledge;
    • - non-Western cultures of the environment;
    • - relationship between scientific and literary knowledge and creativity;
    • - global warming, deforestation and environmental transformation in literary texts.

    Il Tolomeo accepts submissions of the following kinds:

    • - essays (5,000-6,000 words, 30,000-35,000 characters, spaces included);
    • - reviews (1,500-2,000 words, 9,000-15,000 characters, spaces included);
    • - interviews (1,500-2,000 words, 9,000-15,000 characters, spaces included);
    • - unpublished pieces.

    For essays:

    Prospective contributors can submit an abstract (in English, max. 1000 characters, spaces included) to by March 22, 2020. Complete articles are expected by May 31, 2020. Please also attach a bio-bibliographical note (in English, max. 700 characters, spaces included) and 5 keywords (in English).

    For all other kinds of contributions:

    The deadline is MAY 31, 2020. Please attach a bio-bibliographical note.

    Submissions should follow the editorial guidelines of Il Tolomeo, which can be found at the journal’s website. Contributions can be in English, French and Italian. For further information please write to or consult the journal’s website: Il Tolomeo.


    Call for papers 2020 - Version française

    Il Tolomeo invite tous les chercheurs intéressés à envoyer leur proposition de contribution pour le prochain numéro de l’année 2020 (n. 22). Le numéro est consacré aux approches postcoloniales des sciences humaines environnementales. L’accent est porté sur les plus récents travaux et débats. Les axes de recherche possibles sont les suivants :

    • - canon postcolonial revisité dans une perspective écocritique ;
    • - représentations littéraires de l’anthropocène et de la crise climatique ;
    • - posthumanisme et postcolonialisme ;
    • - adaptation, resilience, survival in postcolonial literatures and cultures;
    • - postcolonial practices of climate activism and/or environmental justice; public humanities at the intersection of the postcolonial and the environmental;
    • - adaptation, résilience et survie dans les littératures et cultures postcoloniales ;
    • - pratiques en matière d’activisme climatique et de justice environnementale ;
    • - engagement des sciences humaines entre dimension postcoloniale et écologie ;
    • - mouvement des blue humanities ;
    • - connaissances indigènes ;
    • - cultures environnementales par-delà l’occident ;
    • - sciences, connaissances littéraires et créativité en interaction ;
    • - réchauffement planétaire, déforestation et transformations de l’environnement dans les textes littéraires.

    Il Tolomeo accepte plusieurs types de contributions :

    • - articles (5.000-6.000 mots, 30.000-35.000 signes, espaces compris);
    • - compte-rendus (1.500-2.000 mots, 9.000-15.000 signes, espaces compris);
    • - entretiens (1.500-2.000 mots, 9.000-15.000 signes, espaces compris);
    • - textes inédits.

    Pour les articles:

    Les personnes intéressées sont priées de bien vouloir fournir un résumé (en anglais, 1000 signes, espaces compris) à d’ici le 22 mars 2020. L’échéance suivante (remise des textes en version intégrale) est le 31 mai 2020. En complément du résumé, les joindront une note bio-bibliographique (en anglais, 700 signes, espaces compris) et 5 mots-clés (en anglais).

    Pour toutes les autres contributions :

    L’échéance pour la remise des travaux est fixée au 31 mai 2020. Une note bio-bibliographique est requise.

    Les contributions devront suivre les normes de rédaction et les normes bibliographiques de la revue. Ces dernières pourront être consultées sur le site internet de la revue. Les travaux seront rédigés en anglais, en français et en italien. Pour plus d’informations, contactez la revue à l’adresse ou consultez le site de la revue : Il Tolomeo.


    Call for papers 2020 - Versione italiana

    Il Tolomeo invita tutti gli studiosi interessati a inviare i loro contributi per il prossimo numero del 2020 (n. 22). Il numero è dedicato ad approcci postcoloniali alle scienze umane ambientali (environmental humanities), con un’enfasi particolare ai più recenti sviluppi e dibattiti critici. Possibili ambiti d’indagine includono:

    • - rivisitazioni del canone postcoloniale da una prospettiva ecocritica;
    • - raffigurazioni letterarie dell’antropocene e della crisi climatica;
    • - postumanesimo e postcolonialismo;
    • - adattamento, resilienza e sopravvivenza nelle letterature e culture postcoloniali;
    • - pratiche postcoloniali di attivismo climatico e giustizia ambientale;
    • - impegno pubblico delle scienze umane all’intersezione tra postcoloniale ed ecologia;
    • - blue humanities;
    • - conoscenza indigena;
    • - culture dell’ambiente in ambito non occidentale;
    • - relazioni tra scienza, conoscenza letteraria e creatività;
    • - riscaldamento globale, deforestazione e trasformazioni ambientali nei testi letterari.

    Il Tolomeo accetta contributi nelle seguenti categorie:

    • - articoli (5.000-6.000 parole, 30.000-35.000 caratteri , spazi inclusi);
    • - recensioni (1.500-2.000 parole, 9.000-15.000 caratteri, spazi inclusi);
    • - interviste (1.500-2.000 parole, 9.000-15.000 caratteri, spazi inclusi);
    • - inediti.

    Per gli articoli:

    Si prega chiunque sia interessato a proporre un contributo di inviare un abstract (in inglese, di massimo 1000 caratteri, spazi inclusi) a entro il 22 marzo 2020. La scadenza successiva, per l’invio degli articoli completi, è il 31 maggio 2020. Si prega di allegare, oltre all’abstract, una nota bio-bibliografica (in inglese, di massimo 700 caratteri, spazi inclusi) e 5 key words (in inglese).

    Per tutti gli altri contributi:

    La scadenza per l’invio è il 31 maggio 2020. Si prega di allegare anche una nota bio-bibliografica.

    I contributi dovranno essere redatti secondo le norme redazionali e bibliografiche della rivista, consultabili sulla pagina web del Tolomeo. Si accettano contributi in inglese, francese e italiano. Per ulteriori informazioni scrivere a o consultare il sito della rivista: Il Tolomeo.

  • Complete journal policy

    Ethical Code of Il Tolomeo

    Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles 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 Il Tolomeo Editors.

    The Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo Editors, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Il Tolomeo 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 Il Tolomeo 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.