Publications Related to Critical Theory


Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts

Wayne State University Press

Criticism provides a forum for current scholarship on literature, media, music, and visual culture. A place for rigorous theoretical and critical debate as well as formal and methodological self-reflexivity and experimentation, the journal aims to present contemporary thought at its most vital.

New Literary History

The Johns Hopkins University Press

New Literary History focuses on questions of theory, method, interpretation, and literary history. Rather than espousing a single ideology or intellectual framework, it canvasses a wide range of scholarly concerns. By examining the bases of criticism, the journal provokes debate on the relations between literary and cultural texts and present needs. A major international forum for scholarly exchange, it has received six awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Journal of Narrative Theory

Eastern Michigan University

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. The journal continues to follow the high standards set during its first four decades 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. In sum, the journal strives to be multi-genre, multi-period, and multi-national.



New German Critique    

Duke University Press

New German Critique has been a prime mover in shaping the discipline of German studies. For thirty years the journal has sought to define the meanings of "cultural studies" and to draw on the rich tradition of German theory as intrinsic to the shaping of those meanings.

French Studies   

Oxford University Press

French Studies publishes articles and reviews spanning all areas, including language and linguistics, all periods and aspects of literature in France and the French-speaking world, thought and the history of ideas, cultural studies, film, and critical theory.

Social Text   

Duke University Press

Social Text covers a broad spectrum of social and cultural phenomena, applying the latest interpretive methods to the world at large. A daring and controversial leader in the field of cultural studies, the journal consistently focuses attention on questions of gender, sexuality, race, and the environment, publishing key works by the most influential social and cultural theorists. As a journal at the forefront of cultural theory, Social Text seeks provocative interviews and challenging articles from emerging critical voices. Each issue breaks new ground in the debates about postcolonialism, postmodernism, and popular culture.

Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology   

Sage Publishing

Thesis Eleven publishes theories and theorists, surveys, critiques, debates and interpretations. The journal also brings together articles on place, region, or problems in the world today, encouraging civilizational analysis and work on alternative modernities from fascism and communism to Japan and Southeast Asia. Marxist in origin, post-Marxist by necessity, the journal is vitally concerned with change as well as with tradition.

Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities   

Taylor & Francis

Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities was established in September 1993 to provide an international forum for vanguard work in the theoretical humanities. In itself a contentious category, the journal believes that ’theoretical humanities’ represents the productive nexus of work in the disciplinary fields of literary criticism and theory, philosophy, and cultural studies. The publication is dedicated to the refreshing of intellectual coordinates, and to the challenging and vivifying process of re-thinking.



Constellations is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing the best of contemporary critical and democratic theory. The journal fosters creative thinking in philosophy, politics, social theory, and law. It believes that longstanding assumptions about critical theory – its methods, concepts and emancipatory aims – need to be rethought. The journal aims to help expand the global possibilities for radical politics and social criticism in the coming period.

Comparative Studies in Society and History   

Cambridge University Press

Comparative Studies in Society and History (CSSH) is an international forum for new research and interpretation concerning problems of recurrent patterning and change in human societies through time and in the contemporary world. The journal sets up a working alliance among specialists in all branches of the social sciences and humanities as a way of bringing together multidisciplinary research, cultural studies, and theory, especially in anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. It also includes review articles and discussion bring readers in touch with current findings and issues.


Sage Publishing

Published with the support of UNESCO, Diogenes provides a forum for discussion in all areas of philosophy and humanistic studies. The journal was established in the belief that the exchange of ideas among a wide variety of disciplines would not only enrich the separate fields of study but also reveal new perspectives and possibilities for cross-fertilization. It fulfills an international mandate, with editions in English, French, Chinese and Arabic.

History of the Human Sciences   

Sage Publishing

History of Human Sciences is an international journal of peer-reviewed scholarly research, which provides an important forum for contemporary research in the social sciences, in the humanities, and in human psychology and biology. The journal is especially concerned with research that reflexively examines its own historical origins and interdisciplinary influences in an effort to review current practice and to develop new research directions.




Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory   

International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal published by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with the aim of foregrounding the global reach and form of contemporary critical theory. The journal seeks to reflect on and facilitate forms of transnational solidarity that draw upon critical theory and political practice from various world regions. Calling into question hemispheric epistemologies in order to revitalize left critical thought for these times, the journal publishes essays, interviews, dialogues, dispatches, visual art, and various platforms for critical reflection, engaging with social and political theory, literature, philosophy, art criticism, and other fields within the humanities and social sciences.

Postmodern Culture   

The Johns Hopkins University Press

As the first electronic peer-reviewed journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture (PMC) is a groundbreaking experiment in scholarly publishing. The journal has become a leading journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures. It offers a forum for commentary, criticism, and theory on subjects ranging from identity politics to the economics of information.

Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory   

Taylor & Francis

Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers which make a substantial contribution to contemporary social theory. The journal particularly investigates the interface between social and political theory, often explored in thematic issues. It invites articles from sociology, political science, cultural and legal studies, anthropology, and philosophy that provide original perspectives on the social. The journal features theory articles as well as more empirical contributions, but empirical papers should outline implications for social theory.

Anthropology and Humanism   


Anthropology and Humanism concerns that central question of the discipline: what it is to be human. The journal welcomes contributions from all major fields of anthropology and from scholars in other social science disciplines, as well as the humanities. It seeks to bring out the intricate and contradictory processes of life in other cultures--including those of anthropologists. Whether working with life histories or demographics, poetics or nutrition, artistic expression or scientific writing, this journal strives to maintain a focus on the human actors themselves. It values writing that delights, writing that outrages, writing that evokes the human condition in all its messiness, glory, and misery, writing that reveals the social blockages that are deleterious to our social and physical environment and is able to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Time & Society

Sage Publishing

Time & Society is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes articles, reviews, and scholarly comment discussing the workings of time and temporality across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, geography, history, psychology, and sociology. Work included within the journal focuses on methodological and theoretical problems, including the use of time in organizational contexts. It also features critiques of and proposals for time-related changes in the formation of public, social, economic, and organizational policies. 

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Sage Publishing

International Journal of Cultural Studies is a leading venue for scholarship committed to rethinking cultural practices, processes, texts and infrastructures beyond traditional national frameworks and regional biases. Established to revitalize cultural studies against the dangers of parochialism and intellectual ossification, the journal interrogates what culture means, and what culture does, across global and local scales of power and action, diverse technologies and forms of mediation, and multiple dimensions of performance, experience and identity. It provides a critical space for theoretical and methodological innovation in global cultural research.

European Journal of Cultural Studies

Sage Publishing

European Journal of Cultural Studies is a major international, peer-reviewed journal founded in Europe and edited from the Netherlands and the UK. The journal promotes a conception of cultural studies rooted in lived experience. It adopts a broad-ranging view of cultural studies, charting new questions and new research, and mapping the transformation of cultural studies in the years to come. The journal publishes well theorized empirically grounded work from a variety of locations and disciplinary backgrounds. It engages in critical discussions on power relations concerning gender, class, sexual preference, ethnicity and other macro or micro sites of political struggle.

Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies

Sage Publishing

Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies publishes open-peer reviewed research articles, critical analyses of contemporary media representations, autoethnography, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The journal provides an explicit forum for the intersections of cultural studies, critical interpretive research methodologies, and cultural critique.




Feminist Theory

Sage Publishing

Feminist Theory is an international interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for critical analysis and constructive debate within feminism. The journal is genuinely interdisciplinary and reflects the diversity of feminism, incorporating perspectives from across the broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences and the full range of feminist political and theoretical stances.

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy


Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy is a forum for cutting-edge work in feminist philosophy. Since its inception in the mid-1980s, the journal has been a catalyst for broadening and refining feminist philosophy as well as an invaluable resource for those who teach in this area. It features scholarship using feminist philosophy arising out of diverse traditions and methods within philosophy and interdisciplinary in orientation.

Gender & Society

Sage Publishing

Articles appearing in Gender & Society analyze gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces. The journal primarily publishes empirical articles, which are both theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous, including qualitative, quantitative, and comparative-historical methodologies. It not only publishes the best of every perspective but seeks to advance a distinctly social perspective with which to analyze gender.

Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies

Duke University Press

Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies first appeared in 1989 at the moment of a critical encounter—a head-on collision, one might say—of theories of difference (primarily Continental) and the politics of diversity (primarily American). In the ensuing years, the journal has established a critical forum where the problematic of differences is explored in texts ranging from the literary and the visual to the political and social. differences highlights theoretical debates across the disciplines that address the ways concepts and categories of difference—notably but not exclusively gender—operate within culture.

European Journal of Women's Studies

Sage Publishing 

The European Journal of Women's Studies is a major international forum for publishing original research, theoretically sophisticated, and empirically grounded in the field of gender studies, with a focus on the complex theoretical and empirical relationship between women and the particular, and diverse, national and transnational contexts of Europe. As well as publishing top-quality scholarly articles, the journal includes overviews on the state of Women's Studies in different European countries, short topical and polemical pieces, book and film reviews, interviews, and conference reports.

Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies

University of Nebraska Press

One of the premier publications in the field of feminist and gender studies, Frontiers has distinguished itself for its diverse and decisively interdisciplinary publication agenda that explores the critical intersections among—to name a few dimensions—gender, race, sexuality, and transnationalism. Many landmark articles in the field have been published in the journal, thus critically shaping the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Duke University Press

Providing a much-needed forum for interdisciplinary discussion, GLQ publishes scholarship, criticism, and commentary in areas as diverse as law, science studies, religion, political science, and literary studies. The journal aims is to offer queer perspectives on all issues touching on sex and sexuality. In an effort to achieve the widest possible historical, geographic, and cultural scope, it particularly seeks out new research into historical periods before the twentieth century, into non-Anglophone cultures, and into the experience of those who have been marginalized by race, ethnicity, age, social class, body morphology, or sexual practice. A notable feature is "The GLQ Archive," a special section featuring previously unpublished or unavailable primary materials that may serve as sources for future work in lesbian and gay studies.


Sage Publishing 

Sexualities is an established international journal and an invaluable resource, publishing articles, reviews and scholarly comment on the shifting nature of human sexualities. The journal adopts a broad, interdisciplinary perspective covering the whole of the social sciences, cultural history, cultural anthropology and social geography, as well as feminism, gender studies, cultural studies and lesbian and gay studies. It publishes work of an analytic and ethnographic nature which describes, analyses, theorises and provides a critique on the changing nature of the social organisation of human sexual experience in the late modern world.

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 

Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Recognized as the leading international journal in women’s and gender studies, Signs is at the forefront of new directions in feminist scholarship. Challenging the boundaries of knowledge concerning women’s and men’s lives in diverse regions of the globe, the journal publishes scholarship that raises new questions and develops innovative approaches to our understanding of the past and present. What makes feminist scholarship published in Signs distinctive is not necessarily the subject of investigation or particular methods of inquiry but the effort to cultivate alternative research practices that further feminist, queer, and antiracist goals of social transformation. It publishes pathbreaking articles, review essays, comparative perspectives, and retrospectives of interdisciplinary interest addressing gender, race, culture, class, nation, and sexuality. Whether critical, theoretical, or empirical, articles published in Signs generate theories, concepts, analytical categories, and methodological innovations that enable new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing, and new ways of living.




Comparative Literature and Culture

Purdue University Press

The intellectual trajectory of Comparative Literature and Culture is located in the humanities and social sciences in the discipline of comparative literature and the field of cultural studies designated as "comparative cultural studies." Comparative cultural studies is a contextual approach in the study of culture in all of its products and processes. The journal's theoretical and methodological framework is built on tenets borrowed from the discipline of comparative literature and the field of cultural studies and from a range of thought including literary and culture theory, systems theory, and communication theories. The intellectual trajectory of the journal includes work in a global and intercultural context with a plurality of methods and approaches, and in interdisciplinarity in the study of the processes of communicative action(s) in culture, the production and processes of culture, the products of culture, and the study of the how of these processes; the epistemological bases of comparative cultural studies are in (radical) constructivism and in methodology the contextual (systemic and empirical) approach is favored (however, comparative cultural studies does not exclude textual analysis proper or other established fields of scholarship).

Culture, Theory and Critique

Taylor & Francis

Culture, Theory and Critique is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal for the transformation and development of critical theories in the humanities and social sciences. The journals aims to critique and reconstruct theories by interfacing them with one another and by relocating them in new sites and conjunctures. It is an international as well as interdisciplinary journal whose success depends on contributions from a variety of sources, so that debate between different perspectives can be stimulated. One of the aims of the journal is to break down theoretical hierarchies and latent intellectual hegemonies. To this end, it endeavours to incorporate perspectives from diverse cultural, intellectual and geographical contexts. The journal particularly encourages work which addresses and contextualizes theories, texts (including cinema, media, fine arts, scientific treatises, etc.), and ethnographic material produced outside of North America and Western Europe.

Comparative Literature

Duke University Press

The oldest journal in its field in the United States, Comparative Literature explores issues in literary history and theory. The ACLA-affiliated publication presents a variety of critical approaches and offers a wide-ranging look at the intersections of national literatures, global literary trends, and theoretical discourse. Continually evolving since its inception in 1949, the journal remains a source for cutting-edge research and prides itself on publishing the work of talented scholars breaking new ground in the field.

Comparative Literature Studies

Penn State University Press

Comparative Literature Studies publishes comparative critical articles that deal with works in two or more languages, and which may range across the rich traditions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America, and that examine the literary relations between East and West, North and South. Articles within the journal may also explore movements, themes, forms, the history of ideas, relations between authors, the foundations of criticism and theory, and issues of language and translation. Intermedial studies, such as film and literature or graphic novels, are also welcomed as long as they adhere to the polyglot principles of comparative studies. Each issue of the journal also contains numerous book reviews of the most important comparative literature monographs and essay collections.




Philosophy and Literature

The Johns Hopkins University Press

For more than forty years, Philosophy and Literature has explored the dialogue between literary and philosophical studies. The journal offers fresh, stimulating ideas in the aesthetics of literature, theory of criticism, philosophical interpretation of literature, and literary treatment of philosophy. It challenges the cant and pretensions of academic priesthoods through its assortment of lively, wide-ranging essays, notes, and reviews that are written in clear, jargon-free prose.

Environmental Philosophy

Philosophy Documentation Center

Environmental Philosophy features peer-reviewed articles, discussion papers, and book reviews for persons working and thinking within the broad field of "environmental philosophy." The journal welcomes diverse philosophical approaches to environmental issues, including those inspired by the many schools of Continental philosophy, studies in the history of philosophy, indigenous and non-Western philosophy, and the traditions of American and Anglo-American philosophy.

Derrida Today

Edinburgh University Press

Derrida Today focuses on what Jacques Derrida's thought offers to contemporary debates about politics, society and global affairs. The journal features controversies about power, violence, identity, globalisation, the resurgence of religion, economics and the role of critique all agitate public policy, media dialogue and academic debate. It explores how Derridean thought and deconstruction make significant contributions to this debate, and reconsider the terms on which it takes place.

Philosophy & Social Criticism

Sage Publishing 

Philosophy & Social Criticism is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles. The journal presents original theoretical contributions to the latest developments in social and political thought, emphasizing the contributions of continental scholarship as it affects international theoretical developments In contemporary society reason cannot be separated from practical life and at their interface a critical attitude is forged. It was established nearly thirty years ago to bring together articles which foster this attitude. It is now a leading international journal in social and political philosophy.

Comparative and Continental Philosophy

Taylor & Francis

Comparative and Continental Philosophy is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes leading edge papers by internationally respected scholars in comparative and continental philosophy. Published in affiliation with the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, this academic journal is accessible to a wide range of readers from various disciplines such as philosophy, religion, art history, comparative literature, critical theory, phenomenological psychology, and cultural theory. Although anchored in the discipline of philosophy and designed to provide a much needed niche in the natural development of continental philosophy into other non-western ways of thinking, submissions are welcomed from other disciplines as well and need not be necessarily comparative in nature. For comparative submissions, Asia is the journal’s primary focus, but we welcome papers devoted to any non-western region, especially Africa, Latin America, and comparative Continental and Anglo-American philosophy. The journal also includes papers on critical spirituality that discuss inter-cultural encounters and address understanding through meditative thinking, papers on contemporary feminism, and comparative ecology/environmental philosophy. 

History and Theory


History and Theory leads the way in exploring the nature of history, featuring prominent international thinkers who contribute their reflections in the following areas: critical philosophy of history, speculative philosophy of history, historiography, history of historiography, historical methodology, critical theory, and time and culture. Related disciplines are also covered within the journal, including interactions between history and the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and psychology.

Journal of the Philosophy of History


The Journal of the Philosophy of History (JPH) is devoted to philosophical examinations of history and of historiography. The journal features conceptual studies of what history and historiography are and of what their philosophy is and ought to be. It is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. We welcome contributions from all branches of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of the historiography of science, aesthetics, and value theory, so long as they engage fruitfully with history and historiography. The journal also welcomes historiographical contributions, so long as they engage fruitfully with issues in the philosophy of history and of historiography.