Nineteenth Century Studies is an interdisciplinary journal published annually by the Nineteenth Century Studies Association in partnership with Penn State University Press. A forum for interdisciplinary research in the humanities across the long nineteenth century, NCS is renowned for its deep editing engagement and the production of high quality interdisciplinary scholarship bridging literature, history, art history, philosophy, musicology, and other areas of the humanities across the long nineteenth century.

NCS‘s staff is led by Co-Editors Sunayani Bhattacharya, Saint Mary’s College of California; Nicole Lobdell, Louisiana Scholars’ College; Michelle Meinhart, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; and Lanya Lamouria, Missouri State University. Consulting Editors include David Hanson, Southeastern Louisiana University; Kimberly Jo Stern, University of North Carolina; and Sarah Wadsworth, Marquette University. 

The editorial staff draws on the expertise of the distinguished NCS Editorial Board, and NCSA’s Officers, Board, and Senior Advisory Council. Numerous scholars from the profession at large also give generously of their time.The journal publishes studies of interest to scholars of the nineteenth century in all humanistic fields. Although our contributors most frequently write on American, British, and Continental topics, we place no geographical limitations on potential contributions. Topics include, but are not limited to, literature, art history, history, music, and the history of science and the social sciences. Here you will find the current volume, forthcoming volume(s), and past volumes.

As an interdisciplinary journal, we welcome submissions that cross disciplinary and national boundaries and/or range across the nineteenth century. We also wish to encourage submissions of essays treating the material cultures and popular arts, entertainments, and literatures, and their significance in nineteenth-century societies.

Our audience consists of professional scholars in a wide range of fields who share a commitment to study of the century. Very narrowly focused essays—for example, studies providing an intensive analysis of a single work of art or literature—are appropriate only if also affording broad interdisciplinary interest. Studies of single works are not encouraged, if likely to appeal only to very specialized interests. Successful submissions tend to be both deeply researched in their particular fields and sufficiently wide-ranging to engage readers whose main research interests lie in other areas.

A portion of each issue of NCS is dedicated to reviews of recent publications and events of interest to scholars in all fields of nineteenth-century scholarship. Publications and events under review typically are not treated singly but as part of review essays, which most frequently take the form of book review essays, art exhibitions reviews, and electronic resources reviews. However, online reviews of a single works may be welcomed for online publication on this website. Published online reviews (sorted by subject categories) correspond to past conference themes and have focused on Loco/Motion, Materiality, The New, Vistas, and Explorations.

Typically, the editors solicit essay reviews with particular themes in mind that will lend coherence to a given issue of the journal. However, the editors invite interested scholars to submit a prospectus for proposed reviews along with a brief résumé of relevant qualifications for undertaking the project. Unannounced, unsolicited reviews are not encouraged, particularly reviews of single works.

Nineteenth Century Studies is published by the Nineteenth Century Studies Association with the support of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. NCS is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Contact us for further information.