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First published in 1974, MELUS features articles, interviews, and reviews encompassing the multi-ethnic scope of American literature past and present. Most issues are thematically organized for greater understanding of topics, criticism, and theory in the total picture of American literature MELUS hopes to present.

MELUS is published by The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States for members and subscribing institutions. The Journal is a non-profit publication, supported solely by dues of Society members, library subscriptions, and funds from Patrons. The editorial office is supported by the University of Connecticut.


MELUS welcomes essays and interviews of interest to those concerned with the multi-ethnic scope of literature in the United States. As the publication of a society of writers, researchers, and teachers, the journal is open to all scholarly methods and theoretical approaches. MELUS seeks, above all, to publish essays that advance ongoing critical conversations about the theoretical, historical, literary, and cultural contexts of multi-ethnic literature, film, and other kinds of texts.

Whether theoretical or analytical, comparative within a single ethnic literature or cross-cultural, the most desirable essays will be between 7,000 and 10,000 words, including notes and works cited. MELUS welcomes articles on American literature not written in English, but translations should accompany foreign language titles and quotations in other languages. Contributors are urged to avoid sexist, racist, and other discriminatory language.

Any individual may submit an essay for consideration to the journal, but only members of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States may publish articles in MELUS; therefore, if your submission is accepted and you are not yet a member of the Society, you will be required to join. Most articles are sent anonymously to two consultant readers with expertise in the article’s area. Articles recommended by these readers are then reviewed by the Editor, who will consult additional experts if necessary. Final decisions are made by the Editor.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript. Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes if such reference might lead to identification; any necessary reference to the author’s previous work, for example, can be in the third person. Electronic submission is required through Manuscript Central: Please also include a 250-word abstract with your submission.

All essays will be acknowledged by Manuscript Central immediately. In most circumstances, a decision on submitted essays will be reached in three to six months. Please be sure to update your information in Manuscript Central if your e-mail address or other contact information changes. Please check back with us six months from the date of acknowledgment of your essay if you have not received a final decision. Inquiries may be directed to Essays under review as part of a book manuscript or at other journals should not be submitted to MELUS. Essays previously published in any form will not be considered for publication in MELUS.


Martha Cutter is the Editor.

Rebecca Rumbo is the Managing Editor.

Maria Seger is the Assistant Editor.

Catherine Fung is the Book Review Editor.

Address correspondence to:
University of Connecticut
Department of English
215 Glenbrook Rd. U-4025
Storrs, CT 06269-4025.

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS: Individuals become MELUS subscribers with their membership enrollment in The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Society members may participate in the Society’s national conferences and in meetings and sessions MELUS holds in conjunction with other learned groups. 2013 membership dues: Regular Member Subscription Price (print & online): $50; Student/Retirees Member Subscription Price (print & online): $30; Lifetime Member Price (print & online): $1000. Join MELUS and subscribe to the journal for 2013 at:

INSTITUTIONAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: Colleges, universities, libraries, research centers, and other institutions may subscribe to MELUS on an annual or continuing basis. Subscriptions are accepted for complete calendar years only and will start with the current volume, unless the subscriber specifies otherwise. 2013 institutional subscriptions are available through Oxford University Press at the following rates: Print & Online $144; Print Only $132; Online Only $120. Prices include postage by Standard Air. Subscribe to the journal for 2013 at:

For further information on 2013 subscriptions, please contact: Journals Customer Service, Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513, USA, Telephone: 800-852-7323 (toll-free in USA/Canada), Fax: 919-677-1714, E-mail: Outside the US, please contact Journals Customer Service, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK. Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 353907, Fax: +44 (0) 1865 353485, E-mail:

* FREQUENCY - The journal is issued four times a year, in March (Spring), June (Summer), September (Fall), and December (Winter).

Founded in 1973, MELUS endeavors to expand the definition of American literature through the study and teaching of Latino/a American, Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific American, and ethnically specific Euro-American literary works, their authors, and their cultural contexts. MELUS has contributed strongly to American literary studies by presenting sessions in the conventions of such scholarly organizations as the Modern Language Association and its Regionals, College English Association, National Women's Studies Association, American Studies Association, American Literature Association, and Popular Culture Association. Theoretical papers at MELUS sessions and in the MELUS journal point to a new, more broadly conceived American literature. Building a community of writers and scholars of American ethnic literatures, MELUS has held, since 1987, its own national conferences annually every April at various sites across the United States.

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