Focus and Scope

From its origins in 1983 as the collected papers of a small but innovative group of specialists in the area of textual editing, TEXT: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies has led the way in opening the Anglo-American discussion in the emerging field of textual studies. Textual Cultures continues the tradition of TEXT but with an ever more inclusive and a multi-voiced approach not just to issues of textual editing and redefinitions of textuality, but to the notion of the diverse textual cultures in which these definitions and our approaches develop and evolve. The endeavor of Textual Cultures to investigate the meaning and implications of textuality is designed to widen our understanding of how new developments in fields like codicology, material philology, art history, musicology and cultural studies are redefining and integrating our notions of what constitutes a text in diverse cultural contexts.

Peer Review Process

The editors of Textual Cultures will review all submissions for suitabilty to the journal's mission. If the editors feel that the submission is indeed within the purview of the journal, it will be assigned, through a double-blind process, to typically two specialists in the field in which the author wishes to make a contribution. If the two reviewers disagree, the editors may decide one way or another or send the article out for a third review. Comments from reviewers will be reviewed by the editors and shared with the author, regardless of the decision to publish or not.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


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Mission Statement

Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation is devoted to essays on the praxis and theory of textual editing in all national traditions (texts). With the expansion of fields that define their study as the interpretation of “textuality”, the journal proposes as well an exchange between literary critics interested in the text and specialists devoted to the study of and preparation of those texts (interpretation). Between those who prepare editions and those who rely on them for their interpretations are numerous emerging and traditional fields of material studies that explore the production, reproduction and reception of texts in their often multiple cultural shapes, even within a limited intellectual domain, including cyberspace (contexts).

Textual Cultures is dedicated to the far-ranging conversation waiting to take place in which the resources of scholarly studies into the complexities of cultural-textual settings that define and redefine a text can provide new perspectives and paradigms for the preparation and interpretation of texts and their contexts.


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