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About This Journal

Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts was founded in 1959 by the English Department of Wayne State University. The journal was designed to advance the study of literature and the other arts, and to function as a medium for the scholarly explication and evaluation of artists and their works. While periodically shifting its focus in line with developments within the fields of literary and cultural studies, Criticism has, throughout its history, maintained its overall commitment to examine the arts and literatures from all periods and nations, and from a variety of scholarly disciplines and critical perspectives.

The journal’s editors encourage scholarship that introduces new areas of study and critical inquiry, and that engages newly emergent fields and critical/theoretical approaches to the arts and the humanities, as much as they welcome more traditional modes of scholarship and thinking.

Articles and reviews published in Criticism reflect a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on literature and the arts across national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Areas of particular interest include: visual culture; film and media studies; queer studies; gender studies; music and performance studies; politically- and philosophically-informed critical approaches; experimental theoretical models.

The journal regularly publishes special issues. Past special issues have focused on topics such as: “The Wire,” “Disco,” “Transcultural Negotiations of Holocaust Memory,” “Open Source,” and “Shakespeare and Phenomenology.”

Criticism is published four times a year by Wayne State University Press.