About the Journal

The intellectual trajectory of CLCWeb: 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; its 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; in comparative cultural studies focus is on theory and method, as well as on application; in comparative cultural studies metaphorical argumentation and description are discouraged; the intellectual trajectory of the journal includes the postulate to 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).

CLCWeb publishes a wide range of new scholarship, covering:

  • comparative literature and culture including literary, critical, and culture theory and methods
  • comparative cultural studies
  • cultural studies
  • (comparative) media studies
  • (comparative) communication studies
  • audience studies
  • the comparison of primary texts across languages and cultures
  • comparative culture history
  • the history of ideas
  • translation studies
  • marginalities in comparison
  • diasporic, exile, (im)migrant, and ethnic minority writing
  • processes of cultural production
  • gender theory and criticism
  • feminist theory and criticism
  • gay and lesbian writing
  • interculturalism
  • (comparative) popular culture
  • film and other media of cultural expression
  • lesser-known literatures in a comparative context
  • inter- and cross-disciplinary studies where culture incl. literary texts and literary problems are examined with the use of sociological, economic, psychological, historical, etc., frameworks and methods
  • the history of publishing, the book, and writing
  • new media and (comparative) culture
  • pedagogy and culture incl. literature
  • studies of new trends in the study of literature and culture
  • the introduction of new works and authors in a comparative context
  • CLCWeb publishes regular issues, thematic issues, and special issues, and welcomes submission of topics for thematic and special issues. The proposal of a thematic or special issue is evaluated by members of the journal's International Advisory Board. Thematic and special issues are edited by the guest editor(s) and the selection, evaluation, and acceptance of articles published in a thematic or special issue is entrusted to the guest editor(s). Final approval of a thematic or special issue and its material rests with the journal, including individual articles. In addition to scholarly articles, the journal publishes book review articles. Single reviews are not published, but review articles are of at least two thematically linked books.

    Content of the journal is indexed in the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (Chadwyck-Healey), the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters), the Humanities Index (EBSCO), Humanities International Complete (EBSCO), the International Bibliography (Modern Language Association of America), and Scopus (Elsevier). The journal is member of The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (USA), is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, is archived in the Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada, and is preserved in the Portico and CLOCKSS systems for archival preservation of born-digital scholarly content.