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Explorations in Renaissance Culture

Explorations in Renaissance Culture is a biannual, multidisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to all disciplines of study in the Early Modern/Renaissance period: literature, history, art and iconography, music, cultural studies, etc. Publishing articles in the English language, our authors hail from around the world (U.S., Canada, U.K., Israel, Australia, Spain, Germany) and include such well-established scholars as David Bevington, Barbara Bowen, John Shawcross, Paul Barolsky, David Bergeron, Norman Land, and Burton Raffel. We are fully refereed by a board of established scholars; a double-blind review process is used. In existence as an annual since 1974, Explorations in Renaissance Culture gained steadily in submissions and subscriptions and, in the auspicious year 2000, began to produce two issues per year (Summer and Winter of each calendar year).

EIRC is edited by Thomas Herron of the Department of English, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, East Carolina University, and is published jointly by the South-Central Renaissance Conference and East Carolina University.

Eric Knickerbocker of Missouri State University, in cooperation with Dr. James Baumlin, has made selected back issues of EIRC available online. Click here to browse the EIRC archives.

Albert Fields Award

The editor is pleased to announce the Albert W. Fields Award, an annual cash prize of $100 awarded to each volume's article judged most distinguished by an independent board of judges, beginning with Volume 21 (1995). The award is provided by the South-Central Renaissance Conference in honor of Albert W. Fields, editor of EIRC from 1984 to 1994 (Volume 10 through Volume 20). View a list of the recipients of this honor.

Special Issues

In celebration of the formation of the Queen Elizabeth I Society, Explorations in Renaissance Culture designated Volume 30, Number 1 (Summer 2004) as a Special Issue of articles devoted to Queen Elizabeth I, edited by Guest Editors Donald Stump and Carole Levin. Copies of all issues are available at $10 per issue by contacting the Editor, Thomas Herron. Subsequent special issues have been devoted to Art History (32.1, Winter 2006, guest-edited by Norman Land) and Andrew Marvell (35.1, Summer 2009, guest-edited by Sean McDowell). Queen Elizabeth I will again be the subject of a future special issue (37.1, Summer 2011).

Submission Guidelines

The journal seeks submissions from any discipline in Early Modern studies: literature, art and iconography, music, history, gender studies, culture. EIRC asks that any submission (whether electronic or in hard copy) be accompanied by a statement certifying that the article is not being considered for publication elsewhere and will not be so considered elsewhere unless and until the process of this submission results in a rejection.

There are no submission deadlines; manuscripts are submitted year-round from across the U.S. and abroad. Publication decision is given usually within two to three months after submission. Manuscripts with accompanying illustrations are welcome: please submit photocopies of illustrations with the manuscript for the referees' reading, but please be aware that you will be asked to supply black-and-white photographs (or digital images at the resolution of at least 300 dpi) and letters of permission to reprint from the copyright holders if the article is accepted for publication. EIRC follows the current edition of The MLA Style Manual in matters of documentation style.

Click here for detailed instructions and further information on EIRC House Style for submitting manuscripts. For a helpful discussion of general guidelines on things to consider when submitting a manuscript for publication, go the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) guidelines page.

When submitting manuscripts, please take care to supply English translations for all non-English quotations therein.

Electronic submissions are easiest; we are able to accept most common word-processing programs (such as WordPerfect, MS Word). Please contact the editor at the e-mail address below for any other specific information. Please do not include the author's name in the document (include personal information in the cover e-mail only, please). Or send hard copies of manuscripts (three copies, with author's name on a cover sheet only) to:

Thomas Herron, Editor
Explorations in Renaissance Culture
Department of English
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

EIRC does not print book reviews, press releases, or calls for papers.

Subscription Information

Domestic institutional subscriptions at $20.00 per year may be ordered from the Editor at the above address.

International institutional and individual subscriptions at $30.00 per year may be ordered from the Editor at the above address.

Domestic individual subscriptions at $20.00 per year ($10.00 per year for students) may be ordered by sending check or money order (made payable to the SCRC) to:

Joan Faust
Dept. of English
Southeastern Louisiana State University
Box 10861, Hammond, LA 70402

or by e-mailing for further information at

Back issues are also available from the Editor at $10.00 per issue, plus S & H on large and international orders.