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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 2018 Literary London Conference (28-29 June 2018), The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on ‘Conflict and Resolution‘.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018 and articles (between 5-7,000 words) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions:

  • London, the world wars and their legacies
  • The city as home front during distant conflict
  • Imaginative engagements with London’s memorials and commemorative practice
  • Guardsmen, Royal Arsenal and Navy Dockyards: the capital’s military presence in literature
  • Struggles for suffrage and social justice
  • The London Dockworkers’ Strike of 1889 and the rise of the labour movements
  • The cultural materials of propaganda, protest and policing
  • When the world took to the streets: London’s 1968
  • Flashpoints over nationality and race: Evil May Day, the Battle of Cable Street, the Notting Hill Race Riots etc.
  • Contesting and celebrating sexuality on the city streets from the Bawdy House Riots to Gay Pride
  • Conflict and resolution in historical narrative: the literature of the Revolution and Restoration
  • Satires of London Life – and the personal, social, and political conflicts which produce them
  • Theatre and cinema wars
  • Conflicted Londoners: from William Blake, Henry Jekyll, J. Alfred Prufrock and Anna Wulf to Boris Johnson
  • Conflict and resolution in London – set genre fiction: thrillers, spy stories, romance, ‘future-war’ fiction

All submissions should be sent to the Editor by email: journal at literarylondon dot org

Guidelines on the format for submissions can be found here.