ESCL Journal


Protocole-Editorial    Editorial-Guidelines


CompLit: Journal of European Literature, Arts and Society is the journal of the European Society of Comparative Literature/Société Européenne de Littérature Comparée.

In order to publish in the journal, contributors need to be ESCL members for at least one year.

The journal is published by Classiques Garnier and it includes research papers with a European focus, welcomes special issues by guest editors, and includes thematic review-sections and bibliographies with a common rationale or intersectional theme. It thus connects with other world literatures and with specifically comparative theoretical and methodological approaches, such as current research on Reception studies, Myth-criticism, Imagology, Geocriticism, Adaptation, Ekphrasis, Orientalism, Travel writing, Diaspora studies, Migration studies, (Post-)colonial studies, World Literature, Global Literary Studies, etc., with occasional foci on under-examined genres within Comparative Literature studies, such as Literature and Anthropology, Literature and Science, Ecocriticism, Literature and Psychology, Literature and Philosophy, Ethics in/and Literature, Graphic Novels, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Popular fiction, Crime fiction, Confessional narratives, etc. CompLit is a high-quality research journal of reference written by and for specialists in comparative literature, open to all its interdisciplinary and cultural aspects. We welcome and study all European literatures and languages, and their relations not only with each other, but with the world at large.

CompLit’s objectives are the following:

  • To publish research in comparative literature from a European perspective, including relationships with non-European cultures;
  • To act as a porous space, intersecting literary and cultural theory with different media and forms of representation, including cinematic and theatrical adaptation, music, visual arts, forms of electronic literature, etc.;


The journal will mostly publish articles in English and French. Occasionally, special issues will appear in other European languages, particularly those dealing with regional topics. In all cases, abstracts and keywords will also be published in English.


 Two yearly issues;

  • Some thematically organised, others presenting varia (including unsolicited articles from non-ESCL members);
  • 7-10 articles and 2-4 review articles per issue;
  • Issues to be published every April and October, starting from 2020.
  • An open range of topics, among which:
  • Adaptation and rewriting
  • Ageing, gender, social structures and policies, interethnic relations, migrations,
  • Art, literature, science and technology,
  • Cultural dimensions of art, cognition and literary representation,
  • Cultural diversity and cultural memory,
  • Geopoetics, heterotopia, third space and non-spaces, geocritical considerations,
  • History of literature, literary styles, textual philology,
  • Influence, reception and reader-response theories,
  • Identity psycho-politics and literary representation,
  • Inter-art studies and crossings between writing, music, performance, visual arts, etc.,
  • Literary translation issues, canonicity,
  • Myths, rituals and symbolic representations in literature,
  • Medicine, history, commerce and law in literary representation,
  • Philosophy, religion, ethics and morality in literary representation,
  • Pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis as applied to literature,
  • Relations between literature, anthropology and ethnology,
  • Relations between literature (including ecocriticism) and animal studies,
  • Social movements, politics and transformation of societies,
  • Travel writing, imagology, orientalism,
  • Teaching, learning and education as related to comparative literary studies.


As well as being interdisciplinary, the journal belongs to a transnational association and, as such, goes beyond the literatures of hegemonic languages in Europe and seeks to explore literatures currently less visible in more prominent publications. It will not only ensure a balanced geographical spread, but also gender parity, welcoming early-career scholars, and fostering a network of diverse comparative interests.


The editorial board will be flexible and dynamic. 10 members will be appointed for three years (renewable).

Editor-in-Chief: Brigitte Le Juez (Dublin City University, Ireland)

Associate Editors:

Assistant Editors:

  • Jasmin Hammon (Universities of Augsburg, Germany, and Limoges, France)
  • Elisa Kriza (University of Bamberg, Germany)
  • Tasos Michailidis (University of Athens)

Reviews Editor:  Dragoş-Alexandru Ivana (University of Bucharest, Romania)

The general editor and associate editors will ensure that authors accept responsibility for the content of their papers, providing contact details to follow up submissions and identifying supporting funding. They will state and implement the journal’s policies regarding ethics, publications guidelines, content accessibility, etc. They will also maintain the journal’s integrity, complying with procedures designated by the European Society of Comparative Literature. They will ensure the quality control of papers and create mechanisms to reach readers by means of promotional material and advertising, working with the publisher to attract the best research. The general editor and associate editors will regularly make recommendations to improve evaluation and dissemination procedures, adhering to the publisher’s publication practices and schedule.


The Scientific Committee includes representatives of diverse countries that, together, ensure expertise in as many European literatures as possible, members being proficient in more than one.

Members of the Scientific Committee are responsible for monitoring the fairness, timeliness and anonymity of the peer-review process. Referees are chosen by members of the Scientific Committee based on required areas of research and expertise. Each member of the Scientific Committee provides the names of referees for one or two papers every year.

The Scientific Committee is also responsible for providing reviewers with explicit instructions regarding the journal’s expectations in the peer-review process, requesting that reviewers identify potential conflicts of interest, and finding ways to recognize their contributions (i.e. providing letters that certify their participation).

  1. Barbara Agnese (University of Montreal, Canada)
  2. Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths University of London, UK)
  3. Fabio Camilletti (University of Warwick, UK)
  4. Dalia Cidzikaité (Lithuanian University Educational Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania)
  5. César Domínguez (Santiago de Compostela University, Spain)
  6. Bernard Franco (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, France)
  7. Róbert Gáfrik (Slovak Academy of Sciences – University of Trnava, Slovakia)
  8. Francesco Giusti (Bard College Berlin, Germany)
  9. Marina Grishakova (University of Tartu, Estonia)
  10. Jean-Louis Haquette (Université Reims Champagne- Ardenne, France)
  11. Richard Hibbitt (University of Leeds, UK)
  12. Benedikts Kalnacs (University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia)
  13. Chiara Lombardi (University of Turin, Italy)
  14. Anna Menyhért (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  15. Polo Moji (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  16. Rosa Mucignat (King’s College, London, UK)
  17. Sanna Nyqvist (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  18. Laura Pereira Dominguez (Santiago de Compostela University, Spain)
  19. Nicoletta Pireddu (Georgetown University)
  20. Maria Cristina Ribas (State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  21. Angeliki Spiropoulou (University of the Peloponnese, Greece)
  22. Olga Springer (Dublin City University, Ireland)
  23. Mihaela Ursa (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
  24. Rodger Williamson (University of Kitakyushu, Japan)
  25. Karl Zieger (Université de Lille 3, France)
  26. Gianna Zocco (Leibniz-Zentrum Literatur und Kulturforschung, Berlin, Germany)
  27. Metka Zupančič (University of Alabama, USA)