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StoryWorlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies

Vol. 1 (2009) through current issue

Storyworlds is an interdisciplinary journal of narrative theory. Featuring cutting-edge research on storytelling practices across a variety of media, including face-to-face interaction, literary writing, film and television, virtual environments, historiography, journalism, and graphic narratives, the journal foregrounds research questions that cut across established disciplines--and hence promotes new, integrative frameworks for inquiry. How do narrative ways of worldmaking differ from other representational practices used to construct or reconstruct worlds, in a broad sense? What constraints and affordances do particular storytelling media bring to the process of building narrative worlds? What tools are needed to characterize, in all its richness and complexity, the experience of inhabiting a narrative world in a given medium or across different media?

Published by: University of Nebraska Press

Volume 6, 2014

Volume 5, 2013

Volume 4, 2012

Volume 3, 2011

Volume 2, 2010

Volume 1, 2009


E-ISSN: 2156-7204
Print ISSN: 1946-2204

Guidelines for Authors



Guidelines for Authors

Because Storyworlds is designed to be of interest to readers in many fields, essays should be as accessibly written as possible—even as contributors are encouraged to engage in the best practices of narrative research in their areas of specialization, and to present cutting-edge scholarship on a given aspect of stories or storytelling. To this end, all technical terms should be carefully defined and discipline-specific assumptions, concepts, and methods should be thoroughly explained.

Pertinent questions include (but are not limited to) the following: How do modes of storytelling—narrative ways of worldmaking—differ from other representational practices used to construct or reconstruct worlds, in a broad sense? Put differently, what distinguishes narrative from other methods for using symbol systems to structure, comprehend, and communicate aspects of experience? What constraints and affordances do particular storytelling media bring to the process of building narrative worlds? What tools are needed to characterize, in all its richness and complexity, the experience of inhabiting a narrative world in a given medium or across different media? What are the conditions for and consequences of engaging with such worlds, and how does this engagement vary across different narrative practices, cultural settings, and interpretive communities? The purpose of Storyworlds is to provide a forum for sustained scholarly inquiry into these and related issues, whose investigation will require collaborative, interdisciplinary work by researchers from across the arts and sciences.

Submissions must be original work. Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, including notes and bibliography. The journal uses a house style based on the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual, with dates always mentioned in the parenthetical citation (unless they are noted in the text itself). In the Works Cited section dates should be listed at the beginning of each citation, as in an author-date system.

Article Citation:

Currie, Gregory (2007). “Both Sides of the Story: Explaining Events in a Narrative.” Philosophical Studies 13.5: 49–63.

Book Citation:

Dennett, Daniel (1998). Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds. Cambridge, MA: MIT P.

Chapter in Edited Volume:

Schechtman, Marya (2007). “Stories, Lives, and Basic Survival: A Refinement and Defense of the Narrative View.” Narrative and Understanding Persons. Ed. Daniel D. Hutto. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 155–78.

Sample Parenthetical Citations:

According to Gergen and Gergen (2001), “the development of such rudimentary narrative forms is favored by functional needs within the society” (175).

“Narrative and fiction are quite different things even if they often appear together in public” (Branigan 1992: 192).

Electronic submissions (saved as RTF files) are encouraged, but hard copies will be accepted. Please send your submissions to the editor at the following address:
David Herman
Department of English
Ohio State University
164 W. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1370
USA

herman.145@osu.edu

Editorial Board

Volume 6, Number 2, Winter 2014



Editor

Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
David R. Shumway, Carnegie Mellon University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, The American University of Paris
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of York
Paul John Eakin, Indiana University
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
David Herman, Durham University
Calin- Andrei Mihailescu, The University of Western Ontario
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Azade Seyhan, Brywn Mawr College
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Editorial Assistant

Emily Lane Ferris

Volume 6, Number 1, Summer 2014



Editor

David Herman, Ohio State University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, Free University of Berlin and the University of Manitoba
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Volume 5, 2013



Editor

David Herman, Ohio State University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, Free University of Berlin and the University of Manitoba
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Volume 4, 2012



Editor

David Herman, Ohio State University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, Free University of Berlin and the University of Manitoba
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Volume 3, 2011



Editor

David Herman, Ohio State University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, Free University of Berlin and the University of Manitoba
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Volume 2, 2010



Editor

David Herman, Ohio State University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, Free University of Berlin and the University of Manitoba
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Volume 1, 2009



Editor

David Herman, Ohio State University

Editorial Board

H. Porter Abbott, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jens Brockmeier, Free University of Berlin and the University of Manitoba
Jonathan Culler, Cornell University
Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
Peter Galison, Harvard University
Richard J. Gerrig, Stony Brook University
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi, Carnegie Mellon University
Marie-Laure Ryan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Schiffrin, Georgetown University
Roy Sommer, University of Wuppertal
Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

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