O'Neill Society Logo

Eugene O'Neill Review

Image 5
The Eugene O’Neill Review is the official academic journal of the Eugene O’Neill Society, an organization of scholars, theatre professionals, and enthusiasts founded in 1978. After twelve volumes as the Eugene O’Neill Newsletter, the EOR first appeared in 1989, “with a sophisticated appearance and packaging appropriate to its loftier name,” in the words of its founding editor, Frederick C. Wilkins. The EOR is now published biannually by the Pennsylvania State University Press, sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Society, edited by Alexander Pettit of the University of North Texas, and indexed on JSTOR and Project Muse. Previews are available gratis on JSTOR.

The EOR publishes authoritative peer-reviewed essays and notes, aimed primarily at a community of scholars with a keen interest in O’Neill’s life and work. Studies might focus on theatrical or literary history, including biography, or on critical interpretation or pedagogy. Consideration will be given to submissions on topics relevant to but not focused on O’Neill, such as his colleagues and collaborators in the Provincetown Plays and elsewhere. Diverse methods and perspectives are encouraged; clear, correct, and readable prose is expected. Under the rubric “Lost & Found,” we publish little-known or rediscovered documents, with appropriate contextualizing. Reports of newly opened or augmented archives are welcome, as, by commission, are reviews of books on O’Neill and the American drama of his period and reviews of productions of plays by (or about) O’Neill and his affiliates.

Other commissioned features include “Used Books,” entries in which reappraise more or less well-known books variously concerned with O’Neill; “Practitioners’ Colloquia,” in which theatre workers discuss their recent engagements with O’Neill’s work; and interviews with and discussions of persons involved in shaping or preserving his legacy. Occasionally we publish creative work that represents or invokes O’Neill.

Critical and historical essays generally comprise 5000–10,000 words, although, with the editor’s prior approval, we sometimes consider longer but leanly written submissions. Notes tend to run 2000‒4000 words in length. We do not publish unrevised dissertation chapters or conference talks that have not been substantially reconfigured for a reading public. Commissioned reviews of 1000–1800 words should speak to what is memorable or otherwise important about a book or performance. All submissions should adhere to the guidelines explicated in the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, as augmented by the style sheet available here. Authors are responsible for securing permission to use pictures or any text quoted beyond “fair use.”

Please query the appropriate subeditor before undertaking reviews: Zander Brietzke (zbrietzke@gmail.com) for book reviews and Ryder Thornton (rthornto@tulane.edu) for performance reviews. General queries and queries on other commissioned features should be directed to Alexander Pettit, editor (EOReditor@gmail.com).

Submissions should be sent through the Editorial Manager. Should the process seem obscure or daunting, please contact the editor or the appropriate subeditor for step-by-step instructions, compiled with humanities scholars in mind. Pictures must be 300 dpi or higher.

The EOR endeavors to evaluate submissions within six weeks of receipt.

Contributors are encouraged but not required to become members of the Eugene O'Neill Society. Please visit the Society Membership page. Advantages include receipt of all issues of the EOR. New members enjoy two years of sharply discounted dues.

Alexander Pettit, University of North Texas

Zander Brietzke, Columbia University

Ryder Thornton, Tulane University

Judith E. Barlow, University at Albany, SUNY, emerita
Steven F. Bloom, Lasell University
Patrick Chura, University of Akron
David Clare, University of Limerick
Robert M. Dowling, Central Connecticut State University
Kurt Eisen, Tennessee Tech University
Drew Eisenhauer, Lycée International Bossuet de Meaux
Anne Fletcher, Southern Illinois University
Noelia Hernando-Real, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Eileen J. Herrmann, independent scholar
Katie N. Johnson, Miami University
William Davis King, UC Santa Barbara
Brenda Murphy, University of Connecticut, emerita
J. Chris Westgate, California State University, Fullerton
Beth Wynstra, Babson College
Shiyan Xu, Nanjing Normal University

Natalie Foster, University of North Texas

Photo Gallery