Pacific Coast Philology

Pacific Coast Philology, the journal of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, has been a leading west coast literary and cultural studies journal publishing peer-reviewed essays of interest to scholars in the classical and modern languages, literatures, and cultures for over fifty years.  PCP publishes two annual issues on a wide array of timely, thought-provoking topics in the areas of culture, literature, aesthetics, ideology, film, and theory. PCP's regular issue is published in the spring and contains papers and book reviews, as well as the Presidential Address, Forum, and Plenary Speech from the preceding year's conference. Published in the fall, the Special Issue is dedicated to a special topic and edited by a guest editor.  The 2014 special topic was "Migration, Immigration, and Movement in Literatures, Film, and Culture," the 2015 special topic was "Familiar Spirits," and the 2017 special topic will be "Post-Family Studies" (see CFP).

The journal comes to members by way of Penn State University Press. Members no longer receive a conference issue of the journal. Instead, the full conference program appears on this PAMLA website, and whenever possible, is distributed at the conference.

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Submission Guidelines

Pacific Coast Philology publishes peer-reviewed essays of interest to scholars in the classical and modern languages, literatures, and cultures. Essays may be submitted any time throughout the year. While we welcome articles that grow out of papers delivered at the Annual Conferences of PAMLA, we especially encourage essays submitted independently of the conference.

We are open to papers on a variety of topics, but desire manuscripts written for a broad scholarly audience, essays with a clear, highly developed main thesis, essays that contextualize analysis within the relevant theoretical framework, and most importantly essays that further the discourse on your topic in an interesting and thought-provoking way. We request manuscripts of between 5,000 to 8,000 words. Before submitting, please edit carefully with attention to style, grammar, and bibliographical citations using the latest MLA handbook rules. Please submit electronic essays to General Editors Roswitha Burwick and Richard Sperber at . For general questions, please contact Roswitha Burwick: . You may also contact Richard Sperber:

Book Reviews

In the interest of making members' works more well known to each other and of informing a varied audience of their work, Pacific Coast Philology opened a book review section in the 2000 issue of the journal. Only members' works within the last three years are accepted for review. If you have recently published a book that you would like to have the journal review, have your publisher send a review copy (by July 15 for publication in the spring issue) to Roswitha Burwick, Friederike von Schwerin-High or Lina Geriguis ℅ Pacific Coast Philology, Department of German, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Scripps College, Claremont, CA 91711. Reviewers are enlisted from among scholars of note in the book's area of expertise and may or may not be PAMLA members. Make inquiries to