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Mission Statement

For over 50 years, the James Joyce Quarterly has been the flagship journal of international Joyce studies. In each issue, the JJQ brings together a wide array of critical and theoretical work focusing on the life, writing, and reception of James Joyce. We encourage submissions of all types, welcoming archival, historical, biographical, and critical research.

Each issue of the JJQ provides a selection of peer-reviewed essays representing the very best in contemporary Joyce scholarship. In addition, the journal publishes notes, reviews, letters, a comprehensive checklist of recent Joyce-related publications, and the editor’s “Raising the Wind.” To supplement the print journal, we will soon provide a wide array of electronic resources for scholars, including an archive of past issues, a calendar of Joyce events, and an on-line checklist.

Our goal is simple: to provide an open, lively, and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Joyce scholars, students, and enthusiasts.


The James Joyce Quarterly was founded in 1963 at the University of Tulsa by Thomas F. Staley, who was the journal’s editor for its first twenty-five years. Beginning as a modest publication of forty pages, the JJQ grew in size and quality under Staley’s guidance and was soon unchallenged as the journal of record on the life and writings of James Joyce. From 1989 to 2001 Robert Spoo edited the journal, overseeing its continuing expansion by encouraging a wide variety of theoretical, critical, and historical work on Joyce. In 2001, Sean Latham succeeded Spoo as editor and has served in that capacity since.

The first issue of the JJQ, appearing in the fall of 1963, carried only eight advisory editors on its masthead, but, as the community of Joyce scholars expanded and specializations proliferated, that number grew, and the JJQ currently boasts more than forty advisors from North America and Europe. The journal has a strong base of academic library subscriptions, and its total subscriptions number approximately 1,400, with readers in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. One of the JJQ’s traditional strengths has been its special issues, which allow for both intense focus and creative expansion of topics, and the journal’s special issues have made signal contributions to criticism and theory within and beyond Joyce studies.


Honorable Mention, Best Design, Council of Editors of Learned Journals.