Pacific Coast Philology

Pacific Coast Philology, the journal of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, publishes peer-reviewed essays of interest to scholars in the classical and modern languages, literatures, and cultures.  PCP publishes two annual issues. The regular issue is published in the spring and contains Articles 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 will be "Migration, Immigration, and Movement in Literatures, Film, and Culture" (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. PAMLA membership is not required to submit to PCP; however, membership is required for publication. 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 by PAMLA members independently of the conference. We will continue with the previously established editorial principles and policies: The best manuscripts move beyond the conference paper to provide a highly developed main thesis. Successful essays contextualize analysis within a relevant theoretical framework. The requested length of 5,000 to 8,000 words has proven standard for reaching these criteria. Authors should provide evidence of a thorough investigation into secondary sources on the topic to prove that the thesis is unique. Authors should also be scrupulous in their attention to style, grammar, and bibliographical citations in the latest MLA handbook. Extra scrutiny is necessary for checking out resources; when possible only original sources should be used. Submit electronic essays to General Editors Roswitha Burwick and Friederike von Schwerin-High at

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