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. Pacific Coast Philology 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 is 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 2021 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. Paid PAMLA members receive two issues of the journal for their membership.

Pacific Coast Philology Outstanding Articles

We are very proud of the incredible quality of our publications, and we encourage anyone interested in submitting a paper to Pacific Coast Philology to check out our Outstanding Article honorees from the previous years. These articles are exemplary samples that Pacific Coast Philology is eager to share with scholars seeking to submit to the journal (and are available for you to read thanks to Penn State University Press, even if you aren’t a current PAMLA member):

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 the topic in an interesting and thought-provoking way. We request manuscripts of between 4,000 to 8,000 words.

Before submitting, please edit with attention to style, grammar, and bibliographical citations using the latest MLA handbook rules.

Please submit essays electronically to General Editor Cheryl Edelson. For general questions, you can contact Cheryl Edelson (

When submitting a manuscript to you will first need to create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office. And visit our Submission Guidelines link for more information.

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 (or via electronic copy to: 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