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Commonwealth Essays and Studies

The Société d'Étude des Pays du Commonwealth / Society for the Study of Commonwealth Countries publishes two issues of Commonwealth Essays and Studies per year. The current annual subscription of 28 euros (35 for institutions) covers both issues as well as shipping costs (16 euros each [20 institutional rate] + shipping if purchased separately). The full subscription of 40 euros (50 for institutions) combines the two annual literature-oriented issues of Commonwealth Essays and Studies with the current issue of the civilisation-oriented Cultures of the Commonwealth. A separate subscription for Cultures of the Commonwealth (one issue per year) is 15 euros (18 for institutions). (See "orders and subscriptions".) A printable subscription form is available here. [DOCX - 61 Ko]

Commonwealth Essays and Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of criticism devoted to the study of postcolonial literatures, in all periods and genres. We welcome submissions of articles, interviews, and reviews on literary topics relating to any area of the New Literatures in English. Translations are to be provided for citations in languages other than English. Submissions, which should not exceed 6000 words or 36000 signs (including explanatory notes and Works Cited), should follow MLA guidelines for format (see The MLA Handbook, fifth edition, and our own stylesheet below).

Please submit an electronic copy by e-mail attachment to <>.

Submissions should include a short abstract of your essay (50-70 words). A brief bio-bibliographical note (50-70 words) is to be provided separately, along with name, affiliation, student standing (if applicable), as well as postal address and e-mail address. Decisions regarding submissions can be expected by e-mail. All works accepted for publication must be available in electronic format.

Editorial Board of Commonwealth Essays and Studies

Editor: Christine Lorre-Johnston (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3)
Review co-editors: Marilyne Brun (Nancy), Jaine Chemmachery (Paris Dauphine) and Claire Gallien (Montpellier)
Subscriptions: Kerry-Jane Wallart (Sorbonne-Paris 4)
Distribution: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle (PSN) for orders / André Dodeman (Grenoble 3) for subscribers
Back issues: PSN from 28.1 on / Claire Omhovère (Montpellier) up to 27.2
Webmaster: Inès Bigot (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3)

International Advisory Board / Comité de lecture international

Kathie Birat (U. de Lorraine, Fr.), Diana Brydon (U. of Manitoba, Canada), Florence Cabaret (U. de Rouen, Fr.), Christiane Fioupou (U. Toulouse 2, Fr.), Alistair Fox (U. of Otago, New Zealand), Vanessa Guignery (IUF/ENS Lyon, Fr.), Louis James (U. of Kent, UK), Neil ten Kortenaar (U. of Toronto, Canada), Bénédicte Ledent (U. de Liège, Belgium), Judith Misrahi-Barak (Montpellier, Fr.), Fiona McCann (U. Lille 3, Fr.), Laura Moss (U. of British Columbia, Canada), Claire Omhovère (U. Montpellier 3, Fr.), Catherine Pesso-Miquel (U. Lyon 2, Fr.), Richard Samin (U. de Lorraine, Fr.), Charlotte Sturgess (U. de Strasbourg, Fr.), Alexis Tadié (U. Sorbonne-Paris 4, Fr.), John Thieme (U. of East Anglia, UK), Kerry-Jane Wallart (U. Sorbonne-Paris 4, Fr.), Philip Whyte (U. de Tours, Fr.), Mark Williams (Victoria U. of Wellington, New Zealand), Janet Wilson (U. of Northampton, UK), Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS/THALIM, Fr.).

ISSN 0395-6989

Advice for Potential Contributors to Commonwealth

Thank you for thinking of offering your work to Commonwealth. Please send your electronic files to the editor, Christine Lorre-Johnston (

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mise à jour le 21 janvier 2019


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  • Commonwealth Essays and Studies:
current issue: n° 40.2 (Spring 2018), "Confluence/Reconstruction"
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