About the Journal

General Information

Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, based at the University of Lodz, is an international and interdisciplinary journal, which seeks to engage in contemporary debates in the humanities by inviting contributions from literary and cultural studies intersecting with literary theory, gender studies, history, philosophy and religion. Text Matters was founded and developed by Professor Dorota Filipczak (1963-2021).

The Founder of Text Matters

Dorota Filipczak, the journal’s founder and first Editor-in-Chief in the years 2011-2021, was recognised for her work on postcolonial literature and on feminist philosophy of religion. Although her research was focused on contemporary writing in English, especially Canadian literature (in the 1990s she was a precursor of Canadian Studies in Poland), she was also interested in the literatures of Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. In recent years, another focus of Dorota Filipczak’s research was intertextuality in music videos. An Associate Professor in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Lodz, Poland, she was the head of the Department of Canadian, Intermedial and Postcolonial Studies, which she established herself. She was the author of, among others, The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Biblical Intertext in Malcolm Lowry’s Fiction (1999), Unheroic Heroines: The Portrayal of Women in the Writings of Margaret Laurence (2007), Brian Moore’s Eponymous Heroines: Representations of Women and Authorial Boundaries (2018). With Agata Handley, she co-edited Bringing Landscape Home in the Writings of Jane Urquhart (2010), a collection of essays resulting from the Canadian writer’s visit to Poland and a conference dedicated to her work. The editors of the prestigious 31-volume Polish encyclopedia entrusted her with writing entries on the literatures of Canada and New Zealand. Between 1999 and 2002 she sat on the Advisory Board for Literature and Theology, published by Oxford University Press. A world-renowned scholar, Dorota Filipczak was invited to deliver lectures at universities in Durham, Glasgow, Sheffield, York, Coleraine, Winnipeg, Oxford, Beersheba and Barcelona. She was a member of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies. She was also active on the Polish literary scene – as a noted poet, author of seven volumes, and a translator of literature, e.g. the work of Nadine Gordimer, Malcolm Lowry, John McGahern or Ethel Wilson.

Text Matters, founded in 2011, was a vital aspect of Dorota Filipczak’s rich academic career. A significant portion of every issue has been devoted to Canadian literature and culture, postcolonial writing, as well as philosophy and feminism – subjects about which she was passionate. Under her editorship, Text Matters quickly became recognizable in the academic world, and was soon awarded 70 points on the Ministry of Science and Higher Education’s master journal list. By design, Text Matters is interdisciplinary and multivocal: Dorota Filipczak envisioned it as a forum for academics from around the globe, with an Advisory Board composed of illustrious scholars from countries as diverse as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, India or Australia. As the editors of Text Matters, we seek to continue Dorota Filipczak’s legacy, and to ensure the ongoing development of the journal which she founded. She will never be forgotten.

Focus and Scope of Journal

The journal focuses on textual realities, but contributions related to art, music, film and media studies addressing the text are also invited. Submissions in English should relate to the key issues delineated in calls for articles which will be placed on the website in advance. The journal also features reviews of recently published books, and interviews with writers and scholars eminent in the areas addressed in Text Matters. Responses to the articles are more than welcome so as to make the journal a forum of lively academic debate. Though Text Matters derives its identity from a particular region, central Poland in its geographic position between western and eastern Europe, its intercontinental advisory board of associate editors and internationally renowned scholars makes it possible to connect diverse interpretative perspectives stemming from culturally specific locations. The style sheet and other useful information can be found on our website.

Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture is prepared by academics from the Institute of English Studies with considerable assistance from the Institute of Polish Studies and German Philology at the University of Lodz. The journal is printed by Lodz University Press with financial support from the Head of the Institute of English Studies. Contributions to Text Matters are peer-reviewed (double-blind review).

Number of research and review articles which were published last year: 24

By the decision of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Text Matters is included in the list of ranked scientific journals and is currently awarded 70 points. It is published once a year (in the fall).

Text Matters publishes articles in the following disciplines: literary studies, cultural and religious studies, art studies.

Review Process

Review process is arranged by double-blind system. Every text is subject to at least two reviews.

Please fill in the following documents when submitting blind reviews to Text Matters:

Reviewer guidelines

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Open Access Policy

All articles are published in Open Access and use open license  CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution – Non-Commercial – No Derivative Works).

Privacy policy

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.