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Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach. Watermark is dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical papers concerned with the fields of rhetoric and composition and literature of all genres and periods. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work will be considered.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Digital rhetoric in the media age
Gendered, cultural, racial, and economic borders and transitions
“Green” aesthetics and artistic forms
Reconsidering regional and/or sentimental literature
Investigations of Medieval and Renaissance texts
The construction of minimalism
(Re)configuring the colonial experience
Dissident ideas and official voices
Issues of identity, discipline, and excess
The ethnicity of pastiche
Critical perspectives on contemporary popular culture

We are currently in the process of publishing Watermark 9. Submissions for publication are generally accepted in January of each year. Please check back during the Fall 2015 semester for Watermark 10 submission requirements.

Submission Requirements

All submissions should include a cover with your name, phone number, email address, and the title of your essay or book review. All submissions should be approximately 10-15 pages and must be typed in MLA format with a standard 12 pt font. Please do not include your name on the essay itself, as it will be reviewed by a blind peer-review panel.




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