Essays in French Literature was founded in 1963 by the late James R. Lawler. In 2005, the journal expanded its name to Essays in French Literature and Culture as a way to open its pages to contemporary worldwide currents in French and francophone studies.

Published by the French programme at the University of Western Australia, Essays is a scholarly, refereed journal with an international Editorial Board and Advisory Board.

Currently Prof. Hélène Jaccomard and A/Prof. Bonnie Thomas are respectively Managing Editor and Associate Editor.


Each of the journal's yearly issues covers a particular theme relevant to French and Francophone literature and cultures, and reflecting current intellectual, cultural and literary debates. Essays also includes a miscellaneous section to welcome contributions of note, not fitting in the issue's theme and, occasionally, we publish creative pieces such as poetry or interviews. See Journal contents here.

The journal publishes articles in French or in English of 5000-word length. Recent themes have included:

  • Foreign? Writing in French (2008)
  • Sports (2009)
  • Landscape and Memory (2010 and 2011)
  • The Paratext (2012)
  • Playtime (2013)
  • Représenter la Grande Guerre: les écrivains et les artistes face à l’épreuve (1914-1920) (2014)
  • Diaspora, Afropolitanism and Congolese Literature (2015)
  • Conflict (2016)
  • Hidden words, Hidden worlds: everyday life and narrative sources (France 1939-1945) (2017)
  • Open issue (2018)
  • “Mines de rien". L’Antillaise et l’Afropéenne face aux tropologies, entre mythes et réalités au fil du temps (2019, forthcoming)

The Editorial Board welcomes suggestions of themes by guest editors. Indexed in the Thomson Citation Index, the journal is available both in print and online via Informit and Proquest.

Ordering the journal

Order the journal online with The Coop or directly through the UWA e-shop

We wish to remind our readers and contributors that, as from Issue 45 (2008), the journal has been made available on the e-Informit database (free of charge for e-Informit members) online, and via Proquest from issue 50 (2013) onwards.

It is now indexed in EBSCO and Thompson Index.


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Guidelines for contributors

Follow these guidelines when submitting articles for publication.

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