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Critical and Comparative Mysticisms (56.1)
56.1, April 2018

This special issue of ELN invited contributions on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic mysticisms, including mystical practices and beliefs, mystical writings, the culture of mysticism, and mystics themselves...


Environmental Trajectories (55.1/2)
55.1/2, Fall 2017, TOC

ELN announces a new volume bringing together scholars in the humanities to critically engage current trajectories in the burgeoning area of environmental humanities...

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In/Security (54.2)
54.2, Fall/Winter 2016

As Itty Abraham notes, the term “security” is a “traveling signifier” that has “attached itself to every scale of human activity, from the individual to the international, even to outer space; from comestible (food security), natural (environmental security), financial (security/securities), and territorial (homeland security) to virtual (cyber security); to forms of community, from Social Security to collective security, which is the principle behind the United Nations.”


Secure Sites
54.1, Spring/Summer 2016

Drones, GPS, digital surveillance, profiling, risk assessment, and medical diagnostics: these are some of the practices that circulate biopower globally. But what are their historical antecedents?

Medieval Materiality (53.2)

Medieval Materiality
53.2, Fall/Winter 2015

Bones, parchment, birthmarks, fossils, angels, crowns, the Eucharist: these are some of the materials of the Middle Ages.  As windows into a...

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Sexing the Left
53.1, Spring/Summer 2015

Sex is everywhere – even on the left. Then why have many of us been so heedless of its presence there, or so reluctant to acknowledge it? Even in...

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Cartographies of Dissent
52.2, Fall/Winter 2014

In recent years, the transitive practice of “worlding” literary studies has often, implicitly or explicitly, presupposed a globalized cartography. Global...

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Imaginary Cartographies
52.1, Spring/Summer 2014

In recent decades the map has emerged as a key site of cultural and imaginative reworking, and yet the history of such...

A respected forum of criticism and scholarship in literary and cultural studies since 1962, the recent incarnation of English Language Notes – ELN – is dedicated to pushing the edge of scholarship in literature and related fields in new directions. Broadening its reach geographically and transhistorically, ELN’s semi-annual issues provide a wide-ranging print and digital forum of topical clusters, roundtable debates, artistic collaborations, reviews, and traditional scholarly essays.

Forthcoming Issues
  • Memory, Amnesia, Commemoration 
    57.2, October 2019     
    Ramesh Mallipeddi, Cristobal Silva, Editors
  • Indigenous Narratives of Creation and Origin: American Hemisphere Perspectives
    58.1, April 2020     
    Penelope Kelsey and Leila Gomez, Editors