JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory


Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT)

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, founded in 1971 as The Journal of Narrative Technique, is a refereed, international journal published three times a year by the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University. JNT continues to follow the high standards set during its first thirty-eight years of publication; the newly focused JNT showcases theoretically sophisticated essays that examine narrative in a host of critical, interdisciplinary, or cross-cultural contexts. Of particular interest are history and narrative; cultural studies and popular culture; discourses of class, gender, sexuality, race, nationality, subalternity, and ethnicity; film theory, queer theory, and media studies; new historical, poststructural, or global approaches to narrative forms (literary or otherwise); along with essays that span or subvert epistemic and disciplinary boundaries. JNT is multi-genre, multi-period, multi-national.

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Submission Guidelines

Since its inception in 1971, JNT has provided a forum for the theoretical exploration of individual narrative texts and of narrative more generally. Current essay submissions should address the intersection of narrative, history, ideology, and culture all broadly defined. The editors are particularly interested in essays that rethink narrative theory and those which cross-disciplinary boundaries. Recent issues have included essays concerned with literary theory, cultural studies and marginalized literary figures and texts.

Style and Other Considerations

Manuscripts should follow the latest edition of the MLA style manual. Recommended length is 20-35 pages (double-spaced with one-inch margins). Keep footnotes to a minimum and incorporate material into the main text wherever possible.

We are looking for essays that engage with the limitations/possibilities of current narrative theory(s), either through explicit theoretical engagement with narrative theory and/or the practice/revisiting of it through innovative interpretations of texts.

Append a cover letter with contact information, including a functional email address and the location to which accepted manuscripts should be sent for final review.

Enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope to have hard copies returned. Overseas authors may wish to submit disposable copies and so indicate in an accompanying letter.

Receipt of manuscripts will be confirmed on arrival. The journal does not accept simultaneous submissions.

The author is responsible for obtaining permissions for illustrations and/or extracts. Photocopies of images are acceptable for submissions, but high-resolution glossy prints or computer files will be necessary upon acceptance.


Craig Dionne

Abby Coykendall

Editorial Board

Paul Bruss

Joseph Csicsila

Laura George

Andrea Kaston

James A. Knapp

Martin Shichtman

Ian Wojcik-Andrews

Editorial Assistant:

David Geer


Frederick Luis Aldama, University of Colorado, Boulder

Derek Attridge, University of York

Kathleen Biddick, Notre Dame University

John Docker, Australian National University

David Herman, Ohio State University

Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida

Ania Loomba, University of Illinois

Devoney Looser, University of Missouri, Columbia

John Michael, University of Rochester

Jeffrey Pence, Oberlin College

Carl Plasa, Cardiff University

David Porter, University of Michigan

David Shumway, Carnegie Mellon University

Alan Singer, Temple University


Email general inquiries to JNT@emich.edu. Mail submissions to the following address:


Craig Dionne and Abby Coykendall, Editors

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory

Department of English Language and Literature

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197