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Steinbeck Review

Barbara A. Heavilin, Editor in Chief


Steinbeck Review

Barbara A. Heavilin, Editor in Chief

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Steinbeck Review
is an authorized publication on the life and works of American novelist John Steinbeck (1902–1968). It publishes scholarly articles; notes; book and performance reviews; creative writing; original artwork; and short intercalary pieces offering fresh perspectives, including notes on contemporary references to Steinbeck, discussions of the contexts of his work, and an occasional poem. Steinbeck Review has a threefold mission of broadening the scope of Steinbeck criticism, promoting the work of new and established scholars, and serving as a resource for Steinbeck teachers at all levels.

Editor in Chief
Barbara A. Heavilin, Professor Emeritus, Taylor University, US

Associate Editors
John Castilgione
Donald V. Coers, Angelo State University, US
Cecilia Donohue, Madonna University, US
Kathleen Hicks, Arizona State University, US
Scott Pugh, Seinan Gakuin University, US
W. Scott Simkins, Auburn University

Assistant Editors
John Timmerman, Calvin College, US
Lowell Wyse, Broward College, Florida at the Center for Global Education in Lima, PE

Book Review Editor
Lowell Wyse, Broward College, Florida at the Center for Global Education in Lima, PE

Peter Van Coutren, San Jose State University, US

Peter Van Coutren, San Jose State University, US

Editorial Board
Richard Astro, Drexel University, US
Elisabeth Bayley, Loyola University, Chicago, US
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Southern New Hampshire University, US
Danica Cerce, University of Ljubljana, SI
Jon Falsarella Dawson, University of Georgia, US
Robert DeMott, Ohio University, US
Paul Douglass, San Jose State University, US
Charles Etheridge, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, US
Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas at El Paso, US
Richard E. Hart, Bloomfield College, US
Kevine Hearle, Independent Scholar
Michael K. Hemp, Cannery Row Foundation, US
Michael Kowalewski, Carleton College, US
Luchen Li, Northeastern University, US
Jay Parini, Middlebury College Scott Pugh, Fukukoka Women's College, JP
Brian Railsback, Western Carolina University, US
Will Ray, Independent Scholar
Rodney P. Rice, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, US
Susan Shillinglaw, San José State University, US
Terrell L. Tebbetts, Lyon College, US
Henry Veggian, University of North Carolina, US
David M. Wrobel, University of Oklahoma, US
Cyrus Ernesto Ziraksadeh, University of Connecticut, US

Call for Papers
Now accepting submissions!

Steinbeck, Race, and Ethnicity
A Special Issue of Steinbeck Review
Like many American authors who rose to prominence in the first half of the twentieth century, John Steinbeck came from an economically privileged Protestant family of European descent and grew up in a socially and religiously conservative environment. Like many of his contemporaries, he distanced himself from his upbringing in his fiction, rejecting the authority of government, of institutions, and of received cultural wisdom. He sided with the poor and dispossessed, he stood with the underdog, and he tried to give the downtrodden a voice through his fiction. His writing indicates that he aligned himself with the ideology of mid-century liberalism and considered himself liberal, progressive, and open minded.
Much of his work, however, now appears problematic to contemporary scholars, particularly those concerned with representation and social justice. How could a writer who wrote two novels about strikes in the California agricultural industry not mention migrant workers of Latinx and Asian diasporic backgrounds? Although Steinbeck clearly intended them to be positive characters, Lee Chong in Cannery Row and Lee in East of Eden reflect stereotypical thinking about Chinese and Chinese-American people. Few African-American characters are mentioned in Steinbeck’s fiction, and the few who are, such as Crooks in Of Mice and Men, reflect simplistic and paternalistic perceptions about race.
Questions such as these (and many others) need to be more fully explored in John Steinbeck’s works. And some of these queries may best be explored by scholars from underrepresented backgrounds whose perspectives have not often been seen in Steinbeck circles, but whose voices could open new vistas for important, rich new discussions of his work.
The editorial staff at Steinbeck Review invites submissions on the topic of “Steinbeck, Race, and Ethnicity.” Discussions of any Steinbeck work or works are welcome. Of particular interest are discussions such as
• Asian American and Trans-Pacific Studies perspectives on Steinbeck
• Latinx Studies and Borderlands Studies Perspectives on Steinbeck
• African-American Studies perspectives on Steinbeck
• Native/Indigenous Studies perspectives (including decolonial, postcolonial, and settler colonial approaches)
• Comparative Ethnic Studies approaches (including placing Steinbeck’s work in conversation with other writers and texts)
• Global and Transnational perspectives (including non-US ethnicities)
All critical and theoretical perspectives are welcomed. Submissions should be from twelve to twenty double-spaced pages in length, should reflect an awareness of Steinbeck scholarship, and should follow current MLA style as reflected in the 9th MLA Handbook.

• 500-word proposal submitted to editors (see below): April 1, 2024
o Prospective contributors should prepare manuscripts in MLA with all identifying references to the author(s) deleted. Submissions should include a cover page, giving the name, address, and institutional affiliation of the author(s) as well as a short bio not to exceed 300 words.
• Decision deadline and invitation to submit full manuscript : May 1, 2024
• Full version: September 1, 2024, to be submitted to the Steinbeck Review online submission and review system at Papers have the possibility for publication in a special issue in the Spring 2025 issue of Steinbeck Review. See note below for the journal’s international recognition.
Also, submit manuscripts in digital format to both
• Charles “Chuck” Etheridge, Guest Editor, Professor of English
(361) 825-5755
• Barbara A. Heavilin, Editor-in-Chief
(512) 305-3843
Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract and keywords.
NoteIndexed by the international database SCOPUS and the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Steinbeck Review is a peer-reviewed publication on the life and works of American novelist John Steinbeck. With other Penn State University Press journals, it partners with Duke University Press as part of the Scholarly Publishing Collective.
To submit a manuscript to the editorial office, please visit and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office.

Scholarly articles should generally be from twelve to twenty double-spaced pages in length, and notes (short articles) should generally be no longer than eight pages. All submissions must conform to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Essays should show an awareness of the most recent developments in Steinbeck criticism and should be written with an intent to delight as well as to instruct. All critical and theoretical critical approaches are welcome. Poetry submissions should deal with themes or places associated with Steinbeck’s life and works. Potential contributors are encouraged to examine the most recent issue(s) of Steinbeck Review for examples of format and style.

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European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
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