ELN Guide to Submissions

Beginning with its first issue of 2006, “Literary History and the Religious Turn,” English Language Notes has switched to a special-issue format, to be edited in turn by a member of the editorial collective. We will no longer be accepting unsolicited manuscripts, except in response to Calls for Papers for particular issues which are posted to the UPENN and H-Net listserves and our website. Please do not submit material already published or under consideration elsewhere.  All accepted articles and reviews are subject to proofreading and/or editing for length.  ELN reserves the right to reject any article or review.

Submissions sent in response to our CFPs should use the stylistic conventions set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style. All bibliographic information should be embedded in Chicago-style endnotes. We DO NOT use the Works Cited and parenthetical reference format. Punctuation and spelling should follow American usage. Everything in the manuscript, including blocked quotations and notes, should be double-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font. Please use italics for all titles and use Arabic numerals to designate your endnotes.

Essays will be reviewed by external readers.  All submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please submit double-spaced, 12-point font, .doc file abstracts and submissions to our Editorial Manager site: Please omit identifying information from all pages except the cover page, as we use a blind review process.

For general questions about submissions, please email:


“Sexing the Left”
English Language Notes 53.1 (Spring/Summer 2015)

Sex is everywhere – even on the left.  Then why have many of us been so heedless of its presence there, or so reluctant to acknowledge it?  Even in scholarship where the left is at its most sexual, and sex is at its most left, there are unexplored avenues, missed encounters.  Queer critiques of capitalism frequently eschew or marginalize figures, events, and histories that are central to left scholarship, and sexuality has an uneven presence in left studies, which has tenaciously explored the intersections of race, gender, and class.  Yet separately, and to a much lesser extent together, both research on radicalism and scholarship on sexuality have been key to theorizing and historicizing politics and identity, gender and sex, culture and the political economy, racial formations and class contradictions.

This issue of ELN invites discussion across a range of disciplines, eras, and geographies on the convergences and divergences between studies of the left and of sexuality.  In thinking through and perhaps within the aporia of left sex and the sexual left, what new ways of sensing, relating to, and revolutionizing our world(s) might arise?  Bringing the left to bear on sexuality, we intend to build on exciting developments of queer Marxism and political-economic analysis.  In the spirit of such work, we wish to explore the interpenetrations of sexuality, race, and capitalism, and to rethink concepts of value, production, reproduction, reification, and totality.  However, we also invite contributors to consider how left figures and movements worldwide since the inception of left politics have grappled with sexuality as a site of struggle, intervention, and re-imagining.  What histories of sexuality, what forms of queer critique emerge from the left?  How might queer and sexuality studies be enriched through plumbing leftist culture, politics, and history?  Bringing sexuality to bear on radicalism, we are indebted to and encourage left scholarship’s engagement with LGBT histories.  But we also wonder how left studies can avail itself more productively and promiscuously of sexuality and queer studies.  How might we review radical writing through queer reworkings of Marxism or through theorizations of identity, difference, pleasure, and liberation within scholarship on sexuality?  How do internationalist, anticolonial, and anti-imperialist movements traverse sexual revolutions and crises?

We solicit position papers and essays of no longer than twenty-five manuscript pages, including shorter notes and reviews.  We also encourage collaborative work and papers that are submitted together as topical clusters or a roundtable discussion among contributors.

Essays will be reviewed by external readers.  All submissions should adhere to the Chicago-style endnote citation format. Please submit double-spaced, 12-point font, .doc file abstracts and submissions to our Editorial Manager site: Please omit identifying information from all pages except the cover page, as we use a blind review process.

Specific inquiries regarding issue 53.1 may be addressed to its editors Cheryl Higashida (, Gary Holcomb (, and Aaron Lecklider (  More information about English Language Notes can be found at

Interested contributors are welcome to submit inquiries and abstracts before May 1, 2014.  The deadline for papers is October 1, 2014.


“Medieval Materiality”
English Language Notes 53.2 (Fall/Winter 2015)

Recent work in medieval history and art history has focused on materiality, specifically the object-ness of the things — relics, cloth, books, and other materials — that survive. At the same time, scholars of medieval literature have approached materiality by reinvigorating manuscript studies and by incorporating theories of digital media and networks. For all of these scholars, contemporary theories of materiality, typically focused outside medieval studies, pose an important question about the status of the medieval. That is, whether we merely apply theory to the Middle Ages or whether the Middle Ages might challenge theory, so to speak. This special issue of English Language Notes is devoted to two main questions raised by this “material turn:” What do we mean when we speak of medieval materiality and how does it relate to the materiality of other periods? And what are the ramifications of this recent focus on materiality both for the Middle Ages and for literary and cultural studies more broadly?

We are inviting essays of 5000-7000 words on this topic. Some potential and welcome avenues of inquiry would be the relationship between objects and their social environments, between objects and their spiritual power, between the literal and the spiritual in biblical exegesis, between descriptions of objects, theories of ekphrasis, and the literal presence of things, and between medieval and post-modern approaches to things. At the same time, we welcome papers that investigate the ethical and political consequences of such a focus on materiality – both for medieval thinkers and for ourselves.

Please send essays by March 1, 2015 to Anne Lester, Department of History, 204 Hellems, 234 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309 ( or
Katie Little, Department of English, CU Boulder, 101 Hellems, 226 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309 (