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The Literary London Journal

ISSN 1744-0807

The Literary London Journal is the free, online, open-access journal of the Literary London Society.

Founded in 2003 by Lawrence Phillips, who edited the journal between 2003 and 2011, it is the first and only journal to provide a common forum for scholars and students engaged specifically in the study of London and literature. From the start, The Literary London Journal has aimed to publish the best new research relating to London and literature.

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The Literary London Society is dedicated to fostering an intellectual community that facilitates interdisciplinary exchange. The Literary London Journal plays an important part in meeting that aim. While the editorial focus of the journal is on representations of London in literature, articles in cognate disciplines that contribute to readings of London are very much encouraged. These subject areas include readings of London in history, drama, film, geography, art history, architecture, urban sociology, painting and engraving, and many more.

The Literary London Journal is fully peer-reviewed. It is published twice a year, in spring and autumn, and is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography and the Directory of Open Access Journals. It appears online only and is free to all. It remains the intention of the Literary London Society to keep the Journal online and free into the foreseeable future.


To tie in with the recent Literary London Conference (13-14 July 2017) on the theme of ‘Fantastic London’, The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on ‘‘Fantastic London: Dreams, Speculations and Nightmares‘.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2017 and articles (between 5-7,000 words) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions:

  • Gaslight romance, the urban gothic, London noir, steampunk & speculative poetry
  • Future catastrophes, technological dystopias, nightmares of policing & surveillance
  • Taking flight into alternate ontologies of nationhood, citizenship and urban belonging
  • Architectural caprice, replication and ruin in the development of the built environment
  • Stories of financial catastrophe, uncertain inheritance and precarious fortune
  • The search for ontological wholeness in a divided, doubled or allotropic city
  • The uncanny, arabesque and magical excrescences of the urban everyday
  • Dramatizing the life of hidden underworlds, anti-worlds & allegorical environments
  • The Weird: H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Lord Dusany, M. John Harrison
  • ‘Elsewheres’: Doris Lessing, William Morris, J.G. Ballard, Jean Rhys, Anthony Burgess
  • Urban Gothic: Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Thomas De Quincey, Charles Dickens
  • Underworlds: Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Michèle Roberts
  • Make-believe: J.M. Barrie, Cassandra Clare, Philip Reeve, Christina Rossetti, John Clute

All submissions should be sent to Nick Bentley (journal at literarylondon dot org).

Guidelines on the format for submissions can be found here.