EAL Journal

Welcome to the Early American Literature journal page on the Society of Early Americanists website. 

Here is an overview of the journal from the Early American Literature website:

Early American Literature, published three times a year, is the journal of the Society of Early Americanists and of the MLA’s Forum on Early American Literature. Its province is American literature through the early national period (about 1830). Founded in 1965, EAL invites work treating Native American traditional expressions, colonial Ibero-American literature from North America, colonial American Francophone writings, Dutch colonial, and German American colonial literature as well as writings in English from British America and the US.

— Editor, 
Marion Rust, University of Kentucky


Early American Literature Call for Proposals, “Reframing 1620.”

Please consider contributing to a special issue of Early American Literature, “Reframing 1620,” edited by Katherine Grandjean (kgrandje@wellesley.edu) and Sarah Schuetze (sarahcschuetze@gmail.com). The CFP is here: Reframing 1620 CFP. Proposals are due July 15th.


The Early American Literature Podcast is officially online!

You can find episodes for 53.3 and 54.1 on the EAL website, here:

Statement of the Early American Literature 2018 Book Prize Announcement:

EAL 2018 Book Prize Announcement

Table of Contents, Early American Literature, volume 54; volume 53:


Please remember that one benefit of an SEA Membership includes receiving the Early American Literature journal as a bound copy three times a year. Please see the Membership & News page for more details.

To join or renew membership in the Society of Early Americanists, please click here for the online form at the University of North Carolina Press, publisher of Early American Literature. 

Thank you!



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