In June 2012 I launched an online journal of literary criticism called Alluvium. Martin Paul Eve is co-editing the journal with me, which publishes monthly articles on new directions in twenty-first century literature as well as twenty-first century critical approaches to the canon. Both Martin and myself are committed to sharing scholarly work in an open access forum, and Alluvium will be an interesting case study for online humanities publishing in the twenty-first century, given the controversial debate currently taking place regarding journal subscription fees in the medical and social sciences.
Alluvium has been described by Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway) as "extremely fertile ground for new ideas about contemporary literature and theory [...] playing a role extending the geography of serious academic publishing." Meanwhile, Professor Vicky Lebeau (Sussex) has endoresed the journal, writing that: "To visit alluvium-journal.org is to encounter what writing in the 21st century can be and do. [...] An invaluable resource."
Alluvium already has around 35 scholars from across the UK, the US, New Zealand and China who have committed to writing for the journal, and we eagerly anticipate articles on new interventions into literary Darwinism, teaching Shakespeare through popular culture, contemporary Chinese crime fiction, twenty-first century dystopias, the resurgence of nuclear criticism, developments in theories of empathy in the post-9/11 period, contemporary Caribbean narrative, and retracing print media culture in late nineteenth-century New York.
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