Academic journal article Papers on Language & Literature

From the Editor

Academic journal article Papers on Language & Literature

From the Editor

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Dear Readers,

Before you is the 50th anniversary issue of PLL: Papers on Language and Literature. A half-a-century landmark for a small scholarly journal is nothing short of a miracle; it is certainly an event to be celebrated. Journals come and go; academic publishing undergoes changes and redefinitions, in both form and content, but, through it all, PLL has maintained remarkable intellectual vitality and, vibrant as ever, is looking forward to the future.

The journal began at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1965. Its founding editor was Professor Nicholas T. Joost. Subsequently, it has been edited by my remarkable SIUE colleagues: Alvin Sullivan, Dickie Spurgeon, Brian Ragen, and Jack Voller. In the summer of 2013, I assumed the challenging and exciting task of editing PLL. Since the beginning, the mission of the journal focused on transgressing the boundaries of national literatures and disciplinarity (work on both language and literature was--and is--accepted), at the time when this was truly a transgression, not a mere nod to trends.

A genuinely generalist journal, PLL has always been open to a variety of theoretical approaches and to scholarship from various career stages. The anniversary issue, in fact, demonstrates that PLL has helped start, and nurtured, the careers of a number of prominent scholars. We reprint here their path-breaking articles published in PLL over the years. …

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