a review journal of criticism and theory, was founded in 1971 by
the Department of Romance Studies, under the editorship of David
I. Grossvogel. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press since
1977, the journal maintains editorial offices in the Department
of Romance Studies at Cornell. Members of its editorial board are
Cornell faculty and graduate students who are nominated and elected
by the board.
Diacritics was one of the first academic journals to bring
continental theory to the US. In the 1970s, it published translations
of the work of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Hélène
Cixous, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Umberto Eco,
and articles by Paul de Man, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Fredric
Jameson, and Barbara Johnson. Historically its preferred mode has
been the review article that analyzes in detail the theoretical
arguments and assumptions of the most significant books in the humanities
and social sciences. It periodically publishes special issues on
topics or on thinkers of great current interest. Over the last twenty
years diacritics has published important work in gender
studies, cultural studies, queer studies, political theory, literary
theory, and psychoanalysis, including articles by Judith Butler,
Ernesto Laclau, Leo Bersani, and Slavoj Zizek.
Diacritics maintains its role as one of the most distinguished
academic journals on the scene, as it continues to embrace a plurality
of theoretical approaches and critical perspectives.
Department of Romance Studies
Morrill Hall, Room 105A
Ithaca, NY 14853
Laurent Dubreuil, Editor
Diane Brown, Managing Editor
María Antonia Garcés
Satya P. Mohanty
Marina Scordilis Brownlee
Roberto González Echevarría
Philip E. Lewis
Joan Ramon Resina
Special double issue: Contemporary Italian Thought (39.3 and 39.4)
Editors: Sergia Adamo, Timothy Campbell, and Lorenzo Fabbri
From its first issue in 1971, which featured Gian-Paolo Biasin proposing a rhetorical genealogy of structuralism, to interviews with Umberto Eco, to Gianni Vattimo, to most recently a special issue dedicated to the Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito, diacritics has been among the leaders in introducing an Anglo-American audience to some of the most important Italian intellectuals writing over the last forty years. With this history in mind, this special issue of diacritics will provide a snapshot of the vicissitudes of contemporary Italian thought across a variety of stances, styles, and ideologies, together with general reflections on its political and philosophical stakes today. Contributors will include Giorgio Agamben, Kevin Attell, Franco Berardi, Remo Bodei, Cesare Casarino, Roberto Esposito, Lorenzo Fabbri, Carlo Galli, Karen Pinkus, and Paolo Virno.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Thinking with the Sciences
Diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled “Thinking with the Sciences,” to be published in volumes 41 and 42. We believe it is now time for scholars in the humanities and the literary disciplines to think with the sciences (and not against, or instead of them). Our title also suggests that epistemology is necessary but not sufficient; and that the promotion of an ancillary use of philosophy and the arts as illustrations or aesthetic adornments for "scientific knowledge" is not what matters.
More than Global
Diacritics is launching a mini-series of thematic issues entitled “More than Global,” to be published in volumes 41 and 42. “Humanists” may be facing an urgent task, or the discontinuous writing of what Susan Buck-Morss recently named a non-synthetic but “syncretic” take on world history and cultures. In this mini-series, we would like to bypass comparison, and go “more than global,” in connecting discrete texts, phenomena, periods, images, languages, places—without unifying them. While certainly keeping in view the discourse of the social sciences, we seek to underscore the specificity of literary, critical, and philosophical thought in any sound attempt at reflecting on what “global” could mean anew.
For both series, we welcome bold, broad, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated submissions. Potential authors are invited to exchange over e-mail with the new editor of diacritics, Laurent Dubreuil, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please prepare manuscripts according to the Chicago Manual of Style, with endnotes and bibliography, and include an abstract. Completed manuscripts should be sent as an email attachment to the managing editor, Diane Brown email@example.com. Please indicate the series for which the submission is intended. The submission deadline for “Thinking with the Sciences” and “More than Global” is July 15, 2012.
Diacritics is concerned with the problems of criticism and devotes
each issue primarily to review articles that discuss recent works
of criticism. The journal has no formal policy governing the choice
of books to be reviewed or critical perspectives to be explored,
and welcomes suggestions and contributions from all quarters. This
pluralistic policy does not imply advocacy of critical eclecticism:
diacritical discussion entails distinguishing the methodological
and ideological issues which critics encounter and setting forth
a critical position in relation to them. A review article is not
just a long review that summarizes the work(s) under discussion,
makes comparisons to other scholarship, and pronounces judgment;
it should be the occasion both for a critically positioned account
of the work(s) and—just as vitally—for a response or
supplement in which the reviewer's own theses and/or positions are
introduced and argued. Thus articles in this category should be
conceived as fully developed essays in which the critical reviewing
and the presentation of the author's own insights are integrated
by a unifying thesis or perspective.
Prospective contributors are strongly urged to choose the review
article mode and to take into account the journal's aim to reach
a wide audience interested in the general problems of criticism.
Diacritics occasionally publishes articles in categories other than
that of review articles.
TEXTS/CONTEXTS--essays dealing with major theoretical problems or
illustrating adventurous approaches to the interpretation of texts.
RESPONSE--rejoinders to articles previously published in Diacritics or in other journals.
INTERVIEW--exchanges with well-known critics or, occasionally, with
artists that may be either edited transcripts of recorded conversations
or dialogues conducted in writing.
Texts submitted to diacritics will be read by several members of
the editorial board and evaluated collectively. Solicited articles
are subject to the same evaluative procedures and are judged on
the same standards as unsolicited material.
Diacritics submissions should be prepared following The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (short-form endnotes with a bibliography). The author's name should not appear on the manuscript: eliminate self-references from the text if those references will identify you and put any references to your previous work in the third person. Authors should familiarize
themselves with diacritics so as to have its format clearly in mind.
1. Submissions should include a brief abstract.
2. Articles are typically between 9000 and 11,000 words in length.
3. List notes separately at the end of the manuscript.
4. Quote material from foreign sources in English translation, from published translations whenever available. When quoting a work that has not been translated, provide your own translation. If the context requires it, foreign terms or phrases may be included in brackets after the original.
5. Please send submissions as a .doc or .docx file in an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your mailing address and institutional affiliation.