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The Journal

Polysèmes is a biannual academic journal of intertextual and intermedial studies focusing mainly on the English-speaking world. Closely associated with SAIT (Society for the Study of Arts, Images and Texts), it was founded in 1989 by academics in the field of British and American literature who shared a strong interest in intertextuality and wanted to extend their research to the interactions between literature and the arts or between different forms of art. Its main objective is to foster intertextual and intermedial studies in France. Prior to its publication online in 2016, twelve issues of Polysèmes were published in book format by Publibook.

Editorial Policy

Polysèmes seeks to explore the echoes between different works of art or different forms of art, and to foster the study of intertextuality and intermediality across a wide range of media (literature, painting, photography, cinema, music, architecture...). Articles, which can be written in French or in English, focus more particularly on modern and contemporary art and literature in the English-speaking world, but Polysèmes also welcomes contributions about other periods and from other fields (such as musicology, aesthetics, French or Italian literature…).

As well as thematic issues, Polysèmes publishes the proceedings of SAIT conferences or SAIT panels and workshops organised at major conferences in France or abroad. Issues are edited by members of the editorial board or by guest editors according to their area of expertise.

Peer-Review Process

Submissions are selected according to a double-blind peer-review process. Two members of the international scientific committee or two external experts assess the submissions relevance, coherence, clarity and scope. If the article cannot be accepted at this stage, minor or major revisions are suggested. If the two reviewers disagree, a third expert might then be consulted.

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