About the Journal

diacritics, a review of contemporary criticism, was founded in 1971 by the Department of Romance Studies, under the editorship of David I. Grossvogel. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press since 1977, the journal maintains editorial offices in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell. Members of its editorial board are Cornell faculty and graduate students who are nominated and elected by the board.

diacritics was one of the first academic journals to bring continental theory to the US. In the 1970s, it published translations of the work of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Hélène Cixous, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Umberto Eco, and articles by Paul de Man, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Fredric Jameson, and Barbara Johnson. Historically its preferred mode has been the review article that analyzes in detail the theoretical arguments and assumptions of the most significant books in the humanities and social sciences. It periodically publishes special issues on topics or on thinkers of great current interest. In recent years, diacritics has published important work in gender studies, cultural studies, queer theory, political theory, literary theory, and psychoanalysis, including articles by Judith Butler, Roberto Esposito, Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, and Giorgio Agamben. The redesigned journal (beginning with volume 40) has won awards from the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show (2014) and the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ, 2014).

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diacritics maintains its role as one of the most distinguished academic journals of theory and criticism, as it continues to embrace a plurality of theoretical approaches and critical perspectives.

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Editorial offices

Department of Romance Studies
K 161 Klarman Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: diacritics@cornell.edu
Karen Pinkus, Editor
Diane Berrett Brown, Managing Editor

Recent and Forthcoming Issues

other althussers (43.2)

Guest editors: Jason Barker and G. M. Goshgarian. Essays by  G. M. Goshgarian, Warren Montag, Alberto Toscano, Jason Barker, and Matthew Lampert, with excerpts from two works by Louis Althusser (translated by G. M. Goshgarian, prior to publication by Bloomsbury). Read and download the full issue at Project Muse.

The prepositional senses of jean-luc nancy (2) (43.4)

Our second issue in this series, edited by Irving Goh and Timothy Murray, with essays by Irving Goh, Eleanor Kaufman, Juan Manuel Garrido, Frédéric Neyrat, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Also an interview with Philip Armstrong, Jason E. Smith, and Jean-Luc Nancy.


Submission Guidelines

Notes for Contributors

diacritics is concerned with the problems of criticism. The journal has no formal policy governing the choice of books to be reviewed or critical perspectives to be explored, and welcomes suggestions and contributions from all quarters. This pluralistic policy does not imply advocacy of critical eclecticism: diacritical discussion entails distinguishing the methodological and ideological issues that critics encounter and setting forth a critical position in relation to them.  Review articles should be conceived as fully developed essays in which the critical reviewing and the presentation of the author’s own insights are integrated by a unifying thesis or perspective. Prospective contributors are strongly urged to choose the review article mode and to take into account the journal’s aim to reach a wide audience interested in the general problems of criticism. We especially welcome review articles that consider very recent books not yet published in English. diacritics  also publishes articles in other categories:


Essays dealing with major theoretical problems or illustrating adventurous approaches to the interpretation of texts.


Rejoinders to articles previously published in diacritics or in other journals.


Exchanges with well-known critics or, occasionally, with artists that may be either edited transcripts of recorded conversations or dialogues conducted in writing.

Texts submitted to diacritics are reviewed as blind submissions. Solicited articles are subject to the same evaluative procedures and are judged on the same standards as unsolicited material.


  1. Submissions should be prepared following The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please include a brief abstract.
  2. Articles are typically between 9,000 and 11,000 words in length.
  3. List notes at the end of the manuscript. Citations in notes should include author’s last name, short-form title, and page number. Place complete publication information in a list of works cited.
  4. Quote material from foreign sources in English translation, from published translations whenever available. When quoting a work that has not been translated, provide your own translation. If the context requires it, foreign terms or phrases may be included in parentheses after the original.
  5. Please send submissions as a .doc or .PDF file in an email attachment to diacritics@cornell.edu. Include your mailing address and institutional affiliation in an email but remove any self-identifying references from the text and abstract.


Karen Pinkus
Managing Editor
Diane Berrett Brown
Editorial Board
Kevin Attell
Andrea Bachner
Timothy Campbell
Debra Castillo
Valeria Dani
Pedro Erber
Paul Fleming
Peter Gilgen
Cary Howie
Nicholas Huelster
Patricia Keller
Philip Lorenz
Tracy McNulty
Natalie Melas
Satya P. Mohanty
Jonathan Monroe
Timothy Murray
Simone Pinet
Jan Steyn
Enzo Traverso
Claudia Verhoeven
Advisory Board
Emily Apter
Branka Arsić
Bruno Bosteels
Marina Brownlee
Pheng Cheah
Tom Conley
Jonathan Culler
Laurent Dubreuil
Mary Gaylord
Fredric Jameson
Eleanor Kaufman
Richard Klein
Philip E. Lewis
Alberto Moreiras
Paul North
Joan Ramon Resina
Alessia Ricciardi
Hortense Spillers
Ashley Thompson
Geoff Waite
Cary Wolfe
Yan Haiping