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English & American Literature : African American Literature

How to Locate the Holdings (year coverage) for each Journal

Key Literature Journals (Selected)

In addition to the major literature journals which include articles about African American literature, the following literature journals are intentional in their purpose of scholarship devoted to African American literature and writers. Note: there are many Black Studies scholarly journals. To learn how to access some of these in JSTOR, click here and look for the JSTOR link at the bottom of the list in the box.  The list below is limited to literature journals:

Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters : the premier journal of literature, art, and culture of the African Diaspora, publishes original work by and about writers and visual artists of African descent worldwide.

African American Review : a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews.

MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S : a prestigious and rigorous journal in the field of multi-ethnic literature of the United States, it illuminates the national, international, and transnational contexts of U.S. ethnic literature.

Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora (see also: Obsidian, Obsidian III): Publishes scholarly, critical articles devoted to the study and cultivation of works in English by and about black writers worldwide.

Transition : A unique forum for the freshest, most compelling ideas from and about the black world. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the African Diaspora and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. (publisher's description).