Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism
By Zoe Detsi and Maria Schoina
Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism is an international peer-reviewed journal, published in English once a year by the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Launched in 1993, Gramma emerged out of the consistent efforts of the Departments of English and American Literature and Culture toward original and high-quality research. Since then, it has successfully encouraged academic activity and collaboration between Greek and international scholars. Each individual volume has guest editors who work closely together to invite publications that combine a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity with a vital concern for issues in contemporary criticism and culture.
Gramma welcomes original contributions to scholarship seeking to provide a forum for scholarly debate and academic exchange of ideas. Every few years, it publishes a special number inviting young Greek scholars to submit their work in progress in an attempt to pinpoint the current critical trends and ongoing research in Anglophone Studies in Greece. Each issue revolves around a subject of recent cultural interest, with book reviews relevant to the topic.
From the start, Gramma has aimed at tracing new areas of research and addressing new concepts and questions within the wider field of literary and cultural studies. Following the new academic orientations set by the Departments of English and American Literature and Culture, the volumes explore diverse literary and cultural forms as well as theoretical trends and discourses on such topics as politics, identities, film and spectacle, art and theatre, textual criticism, media and digital technologies, translation.
Gramma has been particularly keen on publishing essays investigating new directions in feminist scholarship. Its 2018 issue, titled The Politics of Location: Feminist and Queer Spaces in Global Contexts, raises new questions and advocates innovative approaches to the complex interaction between gender identity-construction and location. The essays in the volume expand the scope of the feminist perspective of space as gendered and explore the ways gendered subjects may queer or challenge the fixity of local or global spaces and invent new modes of relating with them.
For Gramma, gender has been a distinctive subject of investigation since its inception. In all of its issues, there are essays, critical, theoretical, or empirical, that aim to further research in feminist and gender studies and promote comparative perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches.
Gramma has attracted the interest of distinguished scholars and academics in the field of the humanities. Many of them are renowned for their research in the area of feminist and gender studies. Among those who have contributed to the journal’s profile and international appeal as members of its Advisory Board and as contributors in a number of its issues are Sue-Ellen Case, Mary Jacobus, Ruth Parkin-Gounelas, Dorothy Chansky, Jonathan Gross, John Howard, Thomas Laqueur, Michael Dobson, Jerome McGann, Jina Politi, and Howard Barker.
In 2017, Gramma moved from print to electronic form and has since then been hosted by Prothiki AUTh scientific publications management as an open-access journal gaining greater visibility and the attention both of a broadly informed and a more specialized readership.