Research in African Literatures

Research in African Literatures, founded in 1970, is the premier journal of African literary studies worldwide and provides a forum in English for research on the oral and written literatures of Africa. In addition to thought-provoking essays, reviews of current scholarly books appear in every issue, often presented as critical essays, and a forum offers readers the opportunity to respond to issues raised in articles and book reviews. Thematic clusters of articles and frequent special issues reveal the broad interests of its readership.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: quarterly
  • ISSN: 0034-5210
  • eISSN: 1527-2044
  • Keywords: African Culture, African Literature, African Studies, Arts & Culture, Literary Studies, Modern Literature, Narratives, Poetry, Secularism, Theology
  • First Issue: Volume 1, number 1 (1970)

Additional Information

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
Research in African Literatures
The Ohio State University
486 University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

  • Kwaku Larbi Korang (The Ohio State University)
Associate Editors
  • Adélékè Adéèkó (The Ohio State University)
  • Cheik Thiam (The Ohio State University)
Managing Editor
  • Molly Reinhoudt
Past Editors
  • Bernth Lindfors (The University of Texas, Austin, 1970-89)
  • Richard Bjornson (The Ohio State University, 1990-92)
  • F. Abiola Irele (The Ohio State University, 1992-2003)
  • John Conteh-Morgan (The Ohio State University, 2003-08)
Advisory Board
  • Susan Z. Andrade (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Kofi Anyidoho (Universitiy of Ghana)
  • Rita Barnard (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Carine Bourget (University of Arizona)
  • Laura Chrisman (University of Washington)
  • J. Michael Dash (New York University)
  • Gaurav Desai (Tulane University)
  • Simon Gikandi (Princeton University)
  • Russell Hamilton (Vanderbilt University)
  • Kenneth W. Harrow (Michigan State University)
  • Waïl Hassan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Anthonia Kalu (The Ohio State University)
  • Catherine Kroll (Sonoma State University)
  • Ruthmarie H. Mitsch (Managing Editor, RAL, 1989-2012)
  • Lydie Moudileno (University of Pennsylvania)
  • H. Adlai Murdoch (Tufts University)
  • Patrice Nganang (Stony Brook University)
  • Obioma Nnaemeka (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)
  • Isidore Okpewho (SUNY-Binghamton)
  • Tejumola Olaniyan (University of Wisconsin)
  • Anjali Prabhu (Wellesley College)
  • Ato Quayson (University of Toronto)
  • Micheline Rice-Maximin (Swarthmore College)

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