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 often including the Presidential Address, Forum, and Plenary Speech from the preceding year's conference (although that material at times appears in the special fall issue).

Published in the fall, the Special Issue is dedicated to a special topic and edited by a guest editor (often a previous PAMLA president).  The 2014 special issue guest edited by Lorely French was titled "Migration, Immigration, and Movement in Literatures, Film, and Culture"; the 2015 special issue guest edited by Cheryl D. Edelson was titled "Familiar Spirits"; the 2016 special issue guest edited by Ana María Rodríguez-Vivaldi was titled "Hybrids and Other Fusions"; the 2017 special issue guest edited by John M. Ganim was titled “Libraries, Archives, Properties"; the 2018 special issue guest edited by Craig Svonkin and Steven Gould Axelrod was titled "The Metafamily"; and the 2019 special issue guest edited by Andrea Gogröf  is titled "Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility, and Vision.” The 2020 special issue guest edited by Katherine Kinney will be titled “Actors, Stages, Worlds.”

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 from 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 book review editor Dr. Lina Geriguis, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Wilkinson Hall, English Department, Orange, CA 92866. 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

If you wish to contact book review editor Lina Geriguis regarding volunteering to review a book or interest in getting your book reviewed, please email her at .