About this Journal

CounterText is uniquely centred on the study of literature and its 21st-century extensions. Is literature what it used to be? Are the broader resonances of the literary being overtaken in the drifts towards image cultures, digital spaces, globalisation and technoscientific advances? Or might the literary simply be elsewhere? CounterText seeks and commissions contributions that explore this fluid 'post-literary' reality in its various forms and challenges.

For CounterText, the post-literary is the domain in which any artefact that might have some claim on the literary appears. Inevitably, most of these artefacts will conform to familiar manifestations of the literary, doing little to reconfigure cultural givens and accepted notions of textuality. However, the post-literary domain also allows for vital and challenging migrations and mutations of the literary. Such artefacts might be called 'countertextual'. The countertextual is strategic, energetic, metamorphic and revelatory of the charged evolutions and radical transformations of the literary today.

Fully peer-reviewed, CounterText seeks to explore this perspective on the literary in the 21st century. The journal is informed by perspectives derived from literary criticism, cultural criticism, philosophy and political theory, with a particular interest in studying technology’s reshaping of literary and post-literary cultures.

Editors and Editorial Board

General Editors

Ivan Callus (University of Malta)
James Corby (University of Malta)

Associate Editors

Maria Frendo (University of Malta)
Stefan Herbrechter (Coventry University)

Assistant Editors

Aaron Aquilina (Lancaster University)
Mario Aquilina (University of Malta)
David Ashford (University of Groningen)
Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone (University of Malta)
Norbert Bugeja (University of Malta)
Giuliana Fenech (University of Malta)
Marija Grech (University of Malta)
Janice Sant Balzan (University of Malta)

Advisory Board

Rafaella Antinucci (Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope)
Elaine Auyoung (University of Minnesota)
Neil Badmington (Cardiff University)
Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths College)
Ruben Borg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Costica Bradatan (Texas Tech University)
Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University)
Gordon Calleja (University of Malta)
Timothy Clark (Durham University)
Simon Critchley (New School)
Laura Cull (University of Surrey)
Espen Hammer (Temple University)
Fiona Hughes (University of Essex)
Maebh Long (University of Waikato)
Francesco Marroni (Università G. D'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara)
Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University)
Patrick McGuinness (University of Oxford)
Rod Mengham (University of Cambridge)
Laurent Milesi (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Christopher J. Müller (Macquarie University)
Benjamin Noys (University of Chichester)
Michael O’Neill† (Durham University)
Jean-Michel Rabaté (University of Pennsylvania)
Nicholas Roe (University of St Andrews)
Eleonora Sasso (Università G. D'Annunzio Chieti-Pescara)
Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen)
Patricia Waugh (Durham University)
David Wills (Brown University)
Nigel Wood (Loughborough University)


CounterText is abstracted and indexed in the following:

  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)
  • ArticleFirst
  • British Library Zetoc
  • BrowZine
  • CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • cnpLINKer
  • EBSCO A-to-Z
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH PLUS)
  • Humanities Index (BHI)
  • Humanities International Complete
  • Humanities International Index
  • Humanities Source
  • Humanities Source Ultimate
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Publication Forum (JuFo)
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Researcher
  • Scilit
  • SCImago Journal Ranking
  • Scopus
  • Summon
  • TDNet
  • TOC Premier
  • Web of Science/Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • WorldCat Discovery


Print ISSN: 2056-4406 Online ISSN: 2056-4414
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