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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Published online since 2008, Transnational Literature was previously known as the e-journal Quodlibet: the Australian Journal of Trans-national Literature, and was, before that, the printed Centre for Research in New Literatures in English (CRNLE) Reviews Journal, from the Centre for Research in New Literatures in English from the Department of English at Flinders University, South Australia.
It is a semi-annual publication that seeks to feature “unpublished papers on Postcolonial literatures, New Literatures in English, International Writing, and any literatures in English that deal with crosscultural [sic] contact and interaction…,” informal and personal essays on topics of interest to readers, creative writing, reviews of scholarly and literary books, and letters to the editor.
The editorial and advisory boards of the journal come from quite a variety of universities. Many are from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, with other Australian universities (such as the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide) well-represented, but board members also come from the University of New Brunswick, the University of the West Indies, the New School, the University of Delhi, the University of Cape Town, Taiz University, the University of British Columbia, Hiroshima Jogakuin University, International Islamic University (Malaysia), the University of Dschang, and the University of Michigan, among others, and this, plus the widely diverse backgrounds of contributors, gives the journal quite an international flavor. In the latest issue examined (Volume 4, Number 2, May 2012), content contributors come from around the globe: the University of Benin in Nigeria, the University of Tasmania, Florida State University, the University of Newcastle, University of Genova, the Aichi Prefectural University, Jazan University, London University, and many more.
That same issue from May 2012 features a variety of content as well. You’ll find peer-reviewed articles, review essays, a News and Views section (including conference notes and tributes to mentor faculty), poetry and prose creative writing, and reviews of creative and life-writing as well as reviews of history, theory, and criticism. There’s pretty impressive diversity even among article subjects here, too, ranging from “Prostitution and Personhood: A Reading of Naguib Mahfouz’s The Thief and the Dogs” to “Male Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? Guys, Guises and Disguise in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair” to “Savage Nature and Noble Spirit in Han Sorya’s Wolves: A North Korean Morality Tale” and “Midnight’s Children: From Communalism to Community.” Articles are in English, and the technology used provides rapid and easy-to-read access to content.
It’s fortunate, and accurate, that this journal has the new name of Transnational Literature, because it has become a truly international journal dealing in subject matter and scholarship that deserves a wide readership. Recommended for academic libraries everywhere.