Australian Literary Studies is a fully refereed scholarly journal.
We publish literary studies scholarship that is rigorous, clear, and has a strong sense of its intervention in the field. We are interested in scholarship which speaks to Australian literary criticism, as well as that which expands the scope of literary studies internationally.
Founded in 1963 by Laurie Hergehnan at the University of Tasmania, and edited from 2002 to 2015 by Leigh Dale at the University of Wollongong, it is now edited by Julieanne Lamond at Australian National University.
Australian Literary Studies “remains one of the primary resources for (post-nationalising) knowledge about Australian literature but it also continues to be one of the important forums in which the conversation about the history, theory and practice of literary studies, or English as it is trending back to, is conducted in this country.” - Philip Mead.
ALS is a nonprofit organisation which runs independent of government or university funding. We charge subscription fees to cover the costs of copyediting, website maintenance and editorial assistance. We have chosen not to deal with major publishers or aggregators because we want ALS to be affordable for students, researchers and libraries. Nor do we want to charge authors to publish, as is the case with much open access publishing. Instead, we are working with a small-scale mix of subscription and open access publishing. New essays are open access in html form for a four-week period; the archive is accessible via institutional or individual subscription. ALS is also working with a rolling publication model; instead of publishing four issues a year, we publish essays, singly or in groups, periodically throughout the year.
Our ISSN is 1837-6479.
Alice Te Punga Somerville
Australian Literary Studies Inc. is a nonprofit organisation incorporated in the ACT.
Dr. Julieanne Lamond (President)
Prof. Susan Martin (Vice-President)
Mr. David Brennan (Treasurer)
Dr. Sarah Ailwood
Prof. Tanya Dalziell
Prof. Philip Mead
Prof. Nicole Moore
Prof. Elizabeth Webby