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)
The 2018 issue is an open issue which will contain an array of articles celebrating the eclecticism French studies enjoy at this point in time.
Ordering the journal
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.
Email articles to: Essays in French Literature and Culture
Guidelines for contributors
Follow these guidelines when submitting articles for publication.