Text Matters : A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture

OKLADKA - Text Metters 8_2018

Text Matters : A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture

Redaktor naczelny:
dr hab. prof. UŁ Dorota Filipczak

Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, based at the University of Łódź, is an international and interdisciplinary journal which seeks to engage in contemporary debates in the humanities by inviting contributions from literary and cultural studies intersecting with literary theory, gender studies, history, philosophy, and religion. The journal focuses on textual realities, but contributions related to art, music, film and media studies addressing the text are also invited. Submissions in English should relate to the key issues delineated in calls for articles which are placed on the website in advance. The journal also features reviews of recently published books, and interviews with writers and scholars eminent in the areas addressed in Text Matters. Though Text Matters derives its identity from a particular region, central Poland in its geographic position between western and eastern Europe, the journal’s intercontinental advisory board of associate editors and internationally renowned scholars makes it possible to connect diverse interpretative perspectives stemming from culturally specific locations.

All articles are available in Open Access CC BY-NC-ND

Amount of research and review articles which were published last year: 25

Publisher: Lodz University Press


Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture jest międzynarodowym, interdyscyplinarnym czasopismem naukowym Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego zaangażowanym we współczesną debatę na polu szeroko pojętej humanistyki. W wersji elektronicznej pismo udostępniane jest przez Wydawnictwo De Gruyter na podstawie wolnych licencji.

Cel i zakres tematyczny

Głównym celem czasopisma jest aktywna kooperacja badawcza między środowiskami naukowymi, a w konsekwencji stworzenie przestrzeni do dzielenia się wiedzą i kreowanie forum dialogu naukowców. W ujęciu ogólnym głównymi obszarami tematycznymi czasopisma naukowego Text Matters są literaturoznawstwo i kulturoznawstwo, a także teoria literatury, gender studies, historia, filozofia i religioznawstwo.

Wszystkie artykuły dostępne są w Otwartym Dostępie (Open Access) na licencji CC BY-NC-ND

Liczba artykułów opublikowanych w ostatnim roku: 25

Wydawca: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego




  • Dorota Filipczak (University of Łódź, Poland)
  • Laurie Anderson Sathe (St. Catherine University, St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
  • Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Liam Gearon (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Jerzy Jarniewicz (University of Łódź, Poland)
  • Alison Jasper (University of Stirling, UK)
  • Jan Jędrzejewski (University of Ulster, UK)
  • Rod Mengham (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Stephen Muecke (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
  • Rukmini Bhaya Nair (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India)
  • Agnieszka Salska (University of Łódź, Poland)
  • Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
  • Andrzej Wicher (University of Łódź, Poland)
  • Agata Handley
  •  Tomasz Fisiak
  • Karolina Goławska
  • Maciej Torz
  • Alex Ramon
  • Krzysztof Majer


Text Matters publikuje oryginalne, wcześniej nieupowszechniane artykuły, recenzje i wywiady autorów z różnych stron świata. Szczegółowe informacje dla autorów, aktualny call for papers oraz wytyczne dotyczące edycji tekstu znajdują się na stronie czasopisma: http://text-matters.net/.

Procedura recenzyjna

Artykuły są recenzowane przez dwóch recenzentów zewnętrznych, którzy nie znają tożsamości autorów (double blind reviews). Ostateczną decyzję o publikacji artykułu podejmuje redaktor naczelna przy wsparciu recenzentów tomu oraz członków redakcji odpowiedzialnych za poszczególne działy czasopisma.

Opłaty od autorów

Nasze czasopismo pobiera następujące opłaty za publikację.

Przy złożeniu tekstu do rozpatrzenia: 0.00 (PLN)

Nasze czasopismo nie pobiera opłat za rozpatrywanie tekstów.

Za publikację tekstu: 0.00 (PLN)
Nasze czasopismo nie pobiera opłat za prace redakcyjne nad tekstami ani za ich publikację.

The review process is arranged by double-blind system. Every text is subject to at least two reviews.

Author fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 0.00 (PLN)
The journal does not charge for submission of the manuscript.

Article Publication: 0.00 (PLN)
The journal does not charge for processing or publication of the manuscript.


Basic Publication Requirements:

  • 1. Essays, interviews and reviews are welcome as contributions.
  • 2. Reviews should be between 1000 and 1200 words.
  • 3. Essays should be between 3000 and 5000 words (including all in-text citations, footnotes and the Works Cited section). Each essay should be preceded by an abstract of up to 250 words and 3-5 keywords. It should also include both a full title and an abbreviated one (up to 75 characters, including spaces) to be used as a running header, as well as a short biographical note (up to 150 words) accompanied by an official email address.
  • 4. Information about the Author should be written down in the upper left corner of the page and include the following:
  • Name and Surname
  • Name of the university or any other academic organization
  • 5. MLA style should be used throughout. Major failure to comply with this requirement will result in your essay being automatically rejected.
  • 6. The number of footnotes should be kept to a minimum. When simply citing the source, use in-text citations.
  • 7. Italics (and not underlining) should be used for titles of larger works, and double quotation marks for titles of shorter works.
  • 8. Use British spelling but use –ize/-yze endings (realize, analyze, etc.).

Font requirements and formatting:

  • 1. Submitted texts should be edited in MS WORD, 1997 edition or later.
  • 2. All margins should be 25 mm.
  • 3. Capitalize all the major words in the title. If you have a subtitle, use a colon to separate it from the main
  • 4. Use Times New Roman 12 and double space your essay. For block quotations and footnotes, use font size 10. For titles, size 14, bold.
  • 5. Indent the first line of each paragraph by 10 millimetres.
  • 6. Dashes should be shown as m-dashes, with no space before or after the dash,
  • e.g., He felt—understandably enough—offended.
  • 7.Avoid the following formatting tools:
  • a) soft return (Shift+Enter combination)
  • b) hard space (Space+Shift combination)
  • c) page division
  • d) footers and headers
  • e) tabs and unnecessary spaces (e.g., tabs and multiple spaces for paragraph indenting, double spaces between words, unnecessary spaces at the end of paragraphs)

In-text citations:

  • 1. Provide parenthetical citations that follow the author-page method:
  • Pullman is described as “a withered little lizard of a man” (McEwan 11).
  • 2. When the author is mentioned in a signal phrase or otherwise known from the context, give only the page number in parentheses:
  • McEwan describes Pullman as “a withered little lizard of a man” (11).
  • 3. If you cite more than one work by a particular author, include a shortened title (preferably, the main noun or the main nominal phrase), using the following punctuation:
  • Pullman is described as “a withered little lizard of a man” (McEwan, Amsterdam 11). McEwan describes Pullman as “a withered little lizard of a man” (Amsterdam 11).
  • In Amsterdam McEwan describes Pullman as “a withered little lizard of a man” (11).
  • 4. The rule which requires you to use double quotation marks for titles of shorter works also applies to in-text citations, e.g., (McGahern, “High Ground” 13).
  • 5. When there are two or three authors, include all the names (either in the signal phrase or in parentheses):
  • Feminist critics have applied this model to portray women writers as disinherited daughters who are nonetheless capable of producing literature that contests, distorts and revises the master texts of their literary fathers (Gilbert and Gubar 46-53).
  • It has also been argued that “an important site of conflict within post-colonial literary cultures is generated, as the backward-looking impotence of exile and the forward-looking impetus to indigeneity collide” (Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin 136).
  • 6. With more than three authors, include the name of the first author given followed by the phrase et al. Example: (Smith et al. 243).
  • 7. When the name of the author is unknown, use the complete title in the signal phrase or a shortened title in parantheses, e.g., (“Sad Encounters” 15).
  • 8. If you need to quote someone cited in a text written by another author, begin the in-text citation with qtd. in:
  • William Trevor describes himself as “Irish . . . to the last vein in my body” (qtd. in Core 373).
  • 9.  For interviews, use the name of the person interviewed, not the interviewer.
  • 10. When you use a source with no page numbers (e.g., Internet sources, personal interviews, private correspondence and other unpublished texts), include the name of the author only or, if this is also unknown, the shortened title. Examples: (Smithson) or (“Sad Encounters”).
  • 11. When giving page ranges, give the last two digits of the second page number whenever available, e.g., 1-3, 11-13 (not 11-3), 23-25, 42-59, 178-99. When necessary, more digits should be used, e.g., 178-205.
  • 12. For other rules, consult the most recent edition of MLA Handbook.

Quotations from prose:

  • 1. Quotations shorter than 40 words should be incorporated in the text and placed inside double quotation marks. Single quotation should only be used for quotes within quotes. In both cases, typographic quotation marks should be used instead of straight marks.
  • 2. When quoted material exceeds 40 words, block quotations should be used. They should be indented by 10 mm from both sides and separated with a one-line space before and after. (Unlike with short quotations, place the full stop, or any other closing punctuation mark, before the parenthetical citation).

Quotations from poetry:

  • 1. Short quotations from poetry (up to three lines) should be incorporated in the text and placed inside double quotation marks. Each separate lines should be indicated with a slash (with a space before and after).
  • 2. When quoted material exceeds three lines, block quotations should be used. (For punctuation and indentation, see section above).

Omissions from quotations:

  • 1. For an omission within a sentence, use three periods with a space before and after each period (without parentheses):
  • Her soul becomes the object of what one reviewer has described as “a battle . . . waged between the forces of good and evil” (McGrath 1).
  • 2. An omission of a whole sentence or more should be indicated with four periods, with no space before the first:
  • On the thick sheet ice of the streets walking has to be relearned. The jungle of houses is so impenetrable that only brilliance strikes the eye… Every step one takes here is on the named ground (Benjamin 99).

Works Cited:

  • All texts cited should be listed alphabetically in the Works Cited section at the end of your essay, for which the format is:
  • 1.  Book with one author:
  • Spark, Muriel. The Public Image. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990. Print.
  • 2.  Book with one editor:
  • Gunn, Giles, ed. Literature and Religion. New York: Harper, 1971. Print.
  • 3.  Books with more than one author/editor:
  • Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin, eds. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995. Print.
  • Quirk, Randolph, et al. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman, 1985. Print.
  • 4.  Work in a collection (by the author himself/herself):
  • García Márquez, Gabriel. “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.” “Leaf Storm” and Other Stories. Trans. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Harper, 1972. 105-12. Print.
  • 5.  Work/chapter in an edited collection/anthology/book:
  • O’Connor, Flannery. “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.” The Realm of Fiction: Seventy-Four Stories. Ed. James B. Hall and Elizabeth C. Hall. New York: McGraw, 1977. 479-88. Print.
  • 6.  Preface, introduction, foreword, afterword:
  • Byatt, A. S. Introduction. A Mill on the Floss. By George Eliot. Ed. A. S. Byatt. London: Penguin, 1985. xi-xlii. Print.
  • 7.  Essays in journals:
  • Howey, Ann F. “Reading Elaine: Marjorie Richardson’s and L. M. Montgomery’s Red-Haired Lily Maids.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 32.2 (2007): 86-109. Print.
  • Russell, Richard Rankin. “Embod[y]ments of History and Delayed Confessions: Graham Swift’s
  • Waterland as Trauma Fiction.” Papers on Language and Literature 45.2 (2009): 115-49.
  • FindArticles.com. CBS Interactive 2010. Web. 24 Mar. 2010.
  • 8.  Articles in newspapers and magazines:
  • Banville, John. “Erin Go Bust.” New York Times 16 Oct. 2008: 39. Print.
  • 9.  Reviews:
  • DeZelar-Tiedman, Christine. Rev. of A Map of Glass, by Jane Urquhart. Library Journal 15 Feb. 2006: 112. Print.
  • McGrath, Patrick. “Never Did Spider More Hungrily Wait.” Rev. of Felicia’s Journey, by William Trevor. New York Times Book Review 8 Jan. 1995: 1. Print.
  • Tayler, Christopher. “The Emotional Housekeeping of the World.” Rev. of Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro. Guardian.co.uk. Guardian 15 Aug. 2009. Web. 20 Sept. 2009.
  • 10.  Interviews:
  • Martin, Valerie. Interview by Rob Smith. Contemporary Literature 34.1 (1993): 1-17. Print. Rowling, J. K. Personal interview. 15 May 2002. Print.
  • Desai, Kiran. Interview. Boldtype 3.2 (May 1999): n. pag. Web. 10 Sept. 2009.
  • 11.  Manuscripts, typescripts, unpublished letters, emails, dissertations:
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. 1400-10. MS Harley 7334. British Museum, London. Urquhart, Jane. Letter to the author. 17 May 2001. TS.
  • Swift, Graham. “Re: Last Orders.” Message to the author. 22 Jun. 2001. E-mail.
  • Nowak, Marek. “The Uncanny in the Works of Angela Carter.” Diss. U of Łódź, 2004. Print.
  • 12.  Published letters (add the number if it is assigned):
  • Woolf, Virginia. “To T. S. Eliot.” 28 Jul. 1920. Letter 1138 of The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Vol. 2. Ed. Nigel Nicolson and Joanne Trautmann. New York: Harcourt, 1976. 437-38. Print.
  • 13.  Published dissertations:
  • Nowacka, Anna. “The Gothic in the Works of Angela Carter.” Diss. U of Łódź, 2004. Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2005. Print.
  • 14.  Two or more works by the same author:
  • Heller, Zoë. Notes on a Scandal. London: Penguin, 2007. Print.
  • —. “Writers Writing: Zoë Heller in Conversation with Catherine Robson.” Interview by Catherine Robson.
  • YouTube.com. YouTube 4 Dec. 2013. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.
  • 15.  Online material:
  • Give date of publication, as well as date of access (examples included in specific sections above).
  • 16.  Anonymous texts:
  • Start the entry with the title of the work. Alphabetize the entry by the first word of the title.

 Publication details for the “Works Cited” section:

  • 1. Give the city of publication, the publisher’s name, the year of publication and the medium consulted (see examples above).
  • 2. If more than one city of publication is given (for one publisher), include only the first. However, if more than one publisher is listed, give all of them.
  • 3. Shorten the publisher’s name, omitting articles (a/an/the), business abbreviations (Inc., Ltd.) and descriptive words (Books, Press, Publishing, Publishers, House). Cite the surname of the publisher only (e.g., “Norton” for “W. W. Norton”). If more than one name is included, give only the first surname (e.g., “Faber” for “Faber and Faber”).
  • 4. Use “U” and “P” when citing university presses, e.g., Oxford UP, U of Michigan P.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), the peer reviewer and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for Text Matters are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Editor Responsibilities


The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published, and, moreover, is accountable for everything published in the journal. In making these decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board as well as by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. The editor should maintain the integrity of the academic record, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.


The editor should evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). The editor will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the editorial board members, as appropriate.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure, conflicts of interest, and other issues

The editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in Text Matters.


Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.


The editor is committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.


The editor should seek to ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct. Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct. An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.



Reviewer Responsibilities

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.


Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.


Author Responsibilities

Reporting standards

Authors reporting results of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of a manuscript

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editor or publisher and cooperate with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate erratum.


Publisher’s Confirmation

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.



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