Studies in the Literary Imagination

Studies in the Literary Imagination Studies in the Literary Imagination is a biannual scholarly journal focusing on special topics in literature.

Studies in the Literary Imagination is a biannual scholarly journal focusing on special topics in literature and enjoys a worldwide audience with contributing editors and authors considered the leaders in their fields. SLI is unique among scholarly journals in that it relies on an editorial committee to review proposals from potential guest editors, who then invite scholars to contribute articles exploring different aspects of a particular theme. One of the favorable distinctions resulting from this practice is that each issue is topic driven; in this sense, SLI serves more as a monograph series than as a typical journal. SLI is published under the auspices of the Department of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Our latest issue is SLI 50.1, "Twenty-First-Century American Crises: Reflections, Representations, Transformations (Part...
03/01/2019

Our latest issue is SLI 50.1, "Twenty-First-Century American Crises: Reflections, Representations, Transformations (Part 1)" (contributing editor Ana Fernandez-Caparros).

SLI 50.1 front cover image “Red Blanket and Plaid Shirt in the Rio Grande, near San Ignacio, Texas, 2011,” by Susan Harbage Page. Used by permission.

Our latest issue is SLI 49.2, "Voice of Reason: The Literary Influence of John Henry Newman" (contributing editor Paul H...
01/08/2019

Our latest issue is SLI 49.2, "Voice of Reason: The Literary Influence of John Henry Newman" (contributing editor Paul H. Schmidt).

Front cover image of "Newman's Desk in Birmingham Oratory" by Lastenglishking is in the public domain.

06/21/2017

New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines
Contents
Introduction: New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines
Lillie Anne Brown

A Promise Song: Ernest J. Gaines’s Early Fictions and the
Community of Black Women Writing
Lucy Biederman

Onward Christian Soldier: Reverend Phillip Martin’s Road to
Redemption in Ernest J. Gaines’s In My Father’s House
Lillie Anne Brown

No Exit: Mixed-Race Characters and the Racial Binary in Charles Chesnutt and Ernest J. Gaines
Keith Byerman

“But I was a little boy, and what could I do about it?”:
Contemplating Children as Narrators in the Short Fiction
of Ernest J. Gaines
Alexis M. Egan

“Make Him a Man”: Black Masculinity and Communal Identity in Ernest J. Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying
David E. Magill

Reading Ivan Turgenev with Ernest J. Gaines: Analyzing Fathers and Sons and Catherine Carmier
Claire Manes

“Whitemouth”: A Bakhtinian Reading of Narrative Voice in
Ernest J. Gaines’s Transitional Novel Of Love and Dust
Diane Chiriani Russo
“They want us to be Creoles.… There is no in-between”: Creole
Representations in Ernest J. Gaines’s Catherine Carmier and Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers
Matthew Teutsch

“Mr. Joe Louis, help me”: Sports as Narrative and Community in
Ernest J. Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying
Michael Zeitler

Our latest issue is SLI 49.1, "New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines: Man of Letters" (contributing editor Lil...
06/21/2017

Our latest issue is SLI 49.1, "New Criticisms on the Works of Ernest J. Gaines: Man of Letters" (contributing editor Lillie Anne Brown).

Front cover image of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Point Coupee Plantation, Oscar, Louisiana, by Lillie Anne Brown, 2006.

SLI Vol. 48.2: "Subterranean Histories: Constantine Cavafy and the Poetics of Memory" (contributing editor Louis A. Rupr...
03/21/2017

SLI Vol. 48.2: "Subterranean Histories: Constantine Cavafy and the Poetics of Memory" (contributing editor Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.).

SLI 48.1: "Representing and Expressing States of Mind" (contributing editors Leigh Wetherall-Dickson & Anita O'Connell).
03/16/2017

SLI 48.1: "Representing and Expressing States of Mind" (contributing editors Leigh Wetherall-Dickson & Anita O'Connell).

Out latest is Vol. 47.2, "Novel Genders: Women Writing Women in the Eighteenth Century" (contributing editor Kristine Je...
07/13/2016

Out latest is Vol. 47.2, "Novel Genders: Women Writing Women in the Eighteenth Century" (contributing editor Kristine Jennings).

Detail from Thomas Rowlandson's  Aquatint, 1788. Used by permission of the Wellcome Library, London.
02/20/2013

Detail from Thomas Rowlandson's Aquatint, 1788. Used by permission of the Wellcome Library, London.

02/14/2013

SLI 44.2: Enlightenment Depression II is being printed this week!

12/07/2012

Last issue published: Spring 2011 (Vol. 44.1) Enlightenment Depression I (contributing ed. Richard Terry). Upcoming issues include: Enlightenment Depression II (contributing ed. Richard Terry); Thomas Carlyle & the Totalitarian Temptation (contributing eds. Tom Toremans & Tamara Gosta); Against All Authority: Anarchism and the Literary Imagination (contributing ed. J. Shantz); James Thomson's The Seasons, Textuality, and Print Culture (contributing ed. Sandro Jung); and Rethinking Jesus: The Christ Metaphor in Contemporary Narratives (contributing ed. Andrew Ng).

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