Comparative Literature Studies publishes comparative critical essays that range across the rich traditions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and that examine the literary relations between East and West, North and South. Articles may also explore movements, themes, forms, the history of ideas, relations between authors, the foundations of criticism and theory, and issues of language and translation. Each issue of CLS also contains book reviews of the most important comparative literature monographs and essay collections.
CLS is an affiliated journal of the American Comparative Literature Association. With the ACLA, it sponsors the annual A. Owen Aldridge Prize for the Best Essay by a Comparative Literature Graduate Student, and subsequently publishes a revised version of the winning essay.
Recent special-issue topics of CLS have included “Poetry Games,” “The Gender and Queer Politics of Translation,” and “Sustaining Ecocriticism: Comparative Perspectives.” One of its issues every two years concerns East-West literary and cultural relations and is edited in conjunction with faculty members of Shanghai Jiaotong University.
An advanced graduate student in Comparative Literature serves as the editorial assistant for CLS, on an annual rotating basis.
ASAP/Journal is the scholarly journal of ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Co-edited by Jonathan P. Eburne (Penn State) and Amy Elias (University of Tennessee) and published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, ASAP/Journal explores new developments in post-1960s visual, media, literary, and performance arts. Promoting dialogue between artists and critics across the arts and humanities, ASAP/Journal publishes methodologically cutting-edge, conceptually adventurous, and historically nuanced research concerning the arts of the present, broadly conceived.
Beginning in 2016, ASAP-Journal will be published triannually in January, May, and September. Each issue will include six to eight peer-reviewed scholarly articles, an editors’ forum, and an interview with a practicing artist, in addition to other regular features. Issues also will include reports of forthcoming and past ASAP activities.
An advanced graduate student in Comparative Literature sometimes serves as the editorial assistant for ASAP/Journal.
Verge: Studies in Global Asias showcases scholarship on "Asian" topics from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences, while recognizing that the changing scope of "Asia" as a concept and method is today an object of vital critical concern. Deeply transnational and transhistorical in scope, Verge emphasizes thematic and conceptual links among the disciplines and regional/area studies formations that address Asia in a variety of particularist (national, subnational, individual) and generalist (national, regional, global) modes. Responding to the ways in which large-scale social, cultural, and economic concepts like the world, the globe, or the universal (not to mention East Asian cousins like tianxia or datong) are reshaping the ways we think about the present, the past and the future, the journal publishes scholarship that occupies and enlarges the proximities among disciplinary and historical fields, from the ancient to the modern periods. The journal emphasizes multidisciplinary engagement—a crossing and dialogue of the disciplines that does not erase disciplinary differences, but uses them to make possible new conversations and new models of critical thought.
Tina Chen, Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies, is the Editor of Verge, which is sponsored by Penn State’s Department of Asian Studies and published by the University of Minnesota Press.
Upcoming special issues include "Between Asia and Latin America," "Frontiers," "Indigeneity," "Forgetting Wars," and "Displaced Subjects: Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Critical Refugees Studies."