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Connotations wants to encourage scholarly communication in the field of English Literature (from the Middle English period to the present). It is an international, refereed journal which focuses on the semantic and stylistic energy of the language of literature in a historical perspective and aims to represent different approaches.

Each issue consists of articles and a forum for discussion. The forum presents, for instance, research in progress, critical hypotheses, responses to articles (published in Connotations or elsewhere) as well as to recent books.

Contributions will be published within six months after submission so that discussion can begin without delay. Connotations has no APC (article processing charge) for article submission.

Connotations is published twice a year by the Connotations Society and by Waxmann Verlag Münster / New York. All contributions are also made freely available one this website. Contributions should be forwarded to the Editors by e-mail.

Connotations is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Contributions are indexed, for example, in the MLA Bibliography, the World Shakespeare Bibliography and the IBZ/IBR.

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Latest News


Our recently published debate on John Donne's The Second Anniversarie with original articles by Ryan Netzley, Sarah Powrie and Michael Ursell was awarded the Donne Society's Distinguished Publication Award 2015. We congratulate the three authors! The award will be presented at the upcoming 32nd Annual John Donne Conference, 16 - 18 February, in Baton Rouge.
The prizewinning debate still goes on with responses published in Connotations 25.2. Readers are invited to submit their responses to the editors at editors@connotations.de.

Latest Additions


The updated programme for the 2017 Connotations Symposium is online.


Toth, Margaret. "Authorship, Gender, and the Modern Muse in Edith Wharton's Vance Weston Novels: A Response to Judith P. Saunders."


Connotations 25.2 is online


The deadline for the Call for Papers for the 14th Connotations Symposium has been extended to October 30th, 2016!


The Call for Papers for the 14th Connotations Symposium is online. The symposium's topic is "Self-Imposed Fetters - The Productivity of Formal and Thematic Restrictions". Find more information here.