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A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism

Publishing Editors:
Sydney Lévy, UC Santa Barbara
Michel Pierssens, Université de Montréal

David F. Bell, Duke University
Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Université de Paris 8
Paul Harris, Loyola Marymount University
Éric Méchoulan, Université de Montréal
ISSN: 0049-2426, e-ISSN: 1527-2095
Published three times per year: April, September, November


"…one of the most influential journals of theory and criticism in the United States." —Le Monde

"…a bold venture, high and serious in quality…highly recommended for all academic libraries offering work in language and literature…equally recommended to individuals interested in a contemporary and highly sophisticated approach to the study of literature."    —Library Journal


SubStance has a long-standing reputation for publishing innovative work on literature and culture. While its main focus has been on French literature and continental theory, the journal is known for its openness to original thinking in all the discourses that interact with literature, including philosophy, natural and social sciences, and the arts. Join the discerning readers of SubStance who enjoy crossing borders and challenging limits.


SubStance article wins The Schachterle Prize

The SubStance article "Electromagnetic Thought in Balzac, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam and Joseph Breuer" (by Kieran M. Murphy, SubStance, vol. 40 no. 2, p 127–147, was awarded The Schachterle Prize, in fall 2012. The prize was presented at the SLSA (The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts) conference. Click here for more information


David Mitchell in the Laboratory of Time: Review of The Bone Clocks and an Interview with the Author

For our special issue of SubStance devoted to David Mitchell’s fiction, we are posting the interview with the author, available freely to all.

This special issue was also recently mentioned in a UW Press blog post containing a conversation between Paul A. Harris and Patrick O’Donnell.


Special Issues:
Celebrating Issue #100, vol. 32 #3
Contemporary Novelist Antoine Volodine, vol. 32 #2
The Politics of French Literary History, vol. 32 #3
Contemporary Thinker Jacques Rancière, vol. 33 #1
Special Section: Contemporary Novelist Lydie Salvayre, vol. 33 #2
Overload, vol. 33 #3
Jacques Derrida A Counter-Obituary, vol. 34 #1
French Cinema Studies 1920s to the Present, vol. 34 #3
Law and Literature, vol. 35 #1
Nothing, vol. 35 #2
The French Novel Now, vol. 35 #3
Italian Post-Workerist Thought, vol. 36 #1
The Future of Anarchism, vol. 36 #2
Henri Bergson's Creative Evolution, vol. 36 #3
Cultural Theory after 9/11: Terror, Religion, Media, vol. 37 #1
Waste and Abundance: The Measure of Consumption, vol. 37 #2
The Political Animal, vol. 37 #3
Ethics and the Inventive Work, vol. 38 #3
Spiritual Politics after Deleuze, vol. 39 #1
Pierre Alferi: Literature’s Cinematic Turn, vol. 39 #3
Graphic Narratives and Narrative Theory, vol. 40 #1
Plus d’un toucher: Touching Worlds, vol. 40 #2
Globing the Earth: The New Eco-logics of Nature, vol. 41 #1
Between the Essay Film and Social Cinema: The Left Bank Group in Context, vol. 41 #2
Gilbert Simondon, vol. 41 #3
Impact Boom! The Commodification of the University, vol. 42 #1
Does Literature Matter?, vol. 42 #2
Vulnerability, vol. 42 #3
French Cinema and the Crises of Globalization
, vol. 43 #1
Fabled Thought: On Jacques Derrida’s The Beast & the Sovereign, vol. 43 #2
The Archimedean Point in Modernity, vol. 43 #3

David Mitchell in the Labyrinth of Time, vol. 44 #1


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