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59: Rebecca Harding Davis

58: Pirates

57: Harry Potter and His Dark Materials

56: Utopias and Dystopias

55: Marriage

54: Harry Potter

Topic: The Washington and Jefferson College Review

(Founded 1961 as Topic: A Journal of the Liberal Arts)

Managing Editor: Linda Troost (Dept of English)

ISSN: 0049-4127

Published annually by the faculty of Washington & Jefferson College, Topic offers intellectual and accessible debate to both academics and general readers. Each issue addresses a single theme or subject, most often focusing on history, literature, and culture. Topic values clear and graceful writing since its mission is to reach across disciplinary boundaries and beyond the walls of the ivory tower. All submissions must be original, well researched, and clearly written, and will be assessed by at least three readers in a blind review.

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Call for Articles: Fairy Tales

For the next issue of TOPIC, we are soliciting critical articles on fairy tales, either studies of classic tales or modern retellings, transformations, and refashionings (for adults or children, in poetry or prose, for film/television/web or print). Essays should be well researched and argued, accessible to an educated reader, and written in a clear, engaging style.

  • Length: 4000-6000 words, including endnotes.
  • Style: Chicago, 15th edition (MLA or other styles are fine for submission)
  • Deadline for completed papers: 10 September 2013
  • Send submissions as attachments to: topic@washjeff.edu. Word files preferred.