ATQ: A Journal of American 19th Century Literature and Culture

ATQ is a quarterly journal of 19th Century American literature and culture edited by Professor Josie P. Campbell. Studies of literary works and authors, as well as non-technical articles on all other aspects of 19th-century American culture and society, are welcome. Each year one issue is devoted to a specific theme. ATQ is open to scholarship on the entire breadth of the nineteenth century and encourages submissions from people in a variety of fields and disciplines. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.

Publication Announcement

 Due to budgetary constraints,

ATQ: Nineteenth Century

American Literature and Culture

will cease publication.

The December 2008 issue will be our last.

Special Issues

Recent special issues include: The Woman Question, 2005; International Special Issue: Early American Culture Wars, 2006; John Burroughs Special Issue, 2007. In special issues ATQ publishes photographs and such graphic arts as engravings, etchings, and drawings which will reproduce well in black and white. The upcoming special issue for September 2008 addresses Class and Conflict in the Nineteenth Century (please see below description).

2008 Special issue of ATQ

Class and Conflict in the Nineteenth Century

ATQ announces a special issue for 2008 on class and conflict in nineteenth-century American communities and culture. Since the arrival of the earliest European settlers fleeing rigid class systems in Europe, our national myth claims this country as a classless society, yet social stratification has always been a powerful force in American life. Frequently determined by economic factors such as those that created the wage-labor class during the Industrial Revolution, it is also influenced by social issues such as race, gender, ethnicity, regional affiliation, and education. Our continuing obsession with class is evidenced in drama and films such as the recent Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York. A “mobile society,” we believe in the fluidity of our class structures; the desire to rise above one’s class in the nineteenth century led to massive regional demographic changes. The concept of “Manifest Destiny” pulled émigrés westward in search of better land opportunities, a national move from agrarian to industrial economies caused many families to leave Appalachia and the Mountain South in search of wage-paying jobs, and violence and racial oppression instigated migrations from the South. Money, education, and family were among the factors affecting or denying fluidity of class stratification.

Class conflicts reached into every segment of life—into politics, social institutions, the family, and private lives. Articles might explore but are not limited to the following topics:

* Economic caste systems; rags-to-riches stories; inherited wealth and class
* The effects of class on health care, food, employment, education, and leisure
* Markers of class—dialect, clothing, housing, personal appearance, race, and ethnicity
* Manifestations of class oppression: alienation, isolation, and internalized shame
* Class and family, religious practice, race and/or ethnicity, and gender
* Antebellum and/or Postbellum class structures in the South
* The Mountain South; class stratification within isolated, rural communities
* Rise of the “Professional Class”
* The outlaw class
* Rural to urban migrations
* Portrayals of class in regional music, art, and literature
* Contemporary portrayals of nineteenth-century class issues
* Folkloric representations of class

ATQ welcomes submissions from scholars in a variety of disciplines, including literary studies, sociology, history, women’s studies, performance studies, ethnomusicology, law, medicine, business, architecture/urban design, film/media studies, and education. Interdisciplinary approaches and international contributions are especially welcome. ATQ will have the capacity to reproduce images for this special issue. Please submit manuscripts (3,000 to 7,500 words, following the MLA Handbook, 6th ed., 2003) by 15 April 2008. All submissions must be accompanied by sufficient return postage.

Address manuscripts and inquiries to:

Claire Reynolds, ATQ Special Issue Editor—2008
Department of English, Independence Hall
60 Upper College Road
University of Rhode Island; Kingston, RI 02881.



Because of an interdisciplinary approach, our audience includes scholars with a wide range of interests. ATQ rarely publishes work of a highly technical nature because our journal also appeals to the educated general public.

Two copies of submissions should be typed, double-spaced, with a one-page abstract accompanying the manuscript. Format should follow the MLA Handbook, 6th Edition, and should be 3,000 to 7,500 words in length. Authors’ names and institutions should appear on a separate cover sheet and not on the manuscripts themselves. Enclose sufficient return postage for materials submitted.

A recent issue of the journal should be consulted for style, bibliographic citation format, and general approach. Place endnotes (no more than five) at the end of the word-processing file. Do not use the automatic note/reference function of the word-processing program. In other words, type endnotes as you would on a typewriter. The list of works cited should follow the endnotes. If an article is accepted for publication, the author will be required to provide a copy of the text on a 3.5" computer diskette or cd in Microsoft Word as well as one copy of the revised manuscript.

ATQ submits all articles to qualified readers for their review, critique, and recommendation for or against publication. Such review is “blind”: the author’s identity is not revealed to the review reader. In most cases, the editor will share comments from readers with the author but in no case will the editor disclose the review reader’s identity to the author.

Authors of published articles receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears and 10 off-print copies of their article. Additional copies of ATQ are available for purchase by published authors for $15.00.

For further information, you may contact ATQ by email :

Submissions should be mailed to the following address:

Department of English
University of Rhode Island
60 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881


Annual subscription rates:

Individual - $40.00

Institutions - $45.00

Foreign - $50.00

Back issue - $15.00 ( U.S. ), $25.00 (foreign)

Subscriptions are entered on a calendar year basis. Payment is accepted in U.S. dollars only and should be made payable to ATQ. Provide the following information:


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University of Rhode Island
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