Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice (TALTP), a peer-reviewed journal published by Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, is aimed toward instructors of American literature courses in four- and two-year universities and colleges.

Our goal is to feature practical articles on best classroom practices, including the use of the Internet and other technology. Articles featuring the use of critical theories in teaching American literature an introducing minor or lost American authors are welcome, as are reviews of new titles that would interest instructors. Our readers seek to more effectively transfer their knowledge of, interest in, and passion for American literature to their students.

Current Call for Papers: Fall and Winter 2020 Issues

Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice is currently accepting submissions for our fall 2020 and winter 2020 issues:

  • Fall 2020 issue: Teaching Horror and the Weird in the American Literature Classroom, to be guest edited by Chris Brawley, author of "Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature."
  • Winter 2020 issue: Teaching Western and Native American Literature, to be guest edited by Susan M. Stone, author of works on 19th-century regionalism, gender, and Native American literature and culture.


  • About TALTP

    ISSN 2150-3974 This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author with proper attribution.

    There are no charges for submitting, reading, or publishing articles and all articles are free to download and read..

    (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

    This is in accordance with the DOAI definition of open access. TALTP is a quarterly journal and all articles are peer-reviewed under a blind review process. TALTP is indexed by Ebscohost Discovery and MLA Bibliography. Editors: Patricia Kennedy Bostian Jacob Stratman Timothy Robinson Established in 2007 and housed at Central Piedmont Community College. Editorial Board: Catherine Waitinas, California Polytechnic State University Robert T. Tally, Jr., Texas State University Earl Yarington, Prince George's Community College Martha Sledge, Marymount Manhattan College

  • Submit Your Article

    We seek intelligent critical articles written in a clear, readable style that offer our readers thoughtful, useful, pedagogically sound, and innovative ideas for teaching American literature.

    We are also interested in articles about new American authors or lesser known authors who haven't seen much study, particularly in ways that they could add to students' experiences of American literature. All articles go through a blind peer review process with editorial staff making all final publishing decisions.

    We publish four to six articles of 2,500 to 9,000 words in each online issue of TALTP, which appears three times a year. Brief book reviews and articles of fewer than 2500 words for our occasional "How Do You Do It?" feature also are welcome, as are books for review.

    We do not currently provide books for review, but hope to do so in the near future. The journal is indexed by Ebscohost's Education Research Complete and MLA Bibliography.

    Submission Guidelines

    Submit manuscripts along with abstract and bio electronically, as attachments, to patricia.bostian@cpcc.edu

    • We accept/review manuscripts all year and do not charge to read articles.
    • We prefer manuscripts to use MLA 8th edition:
      • Use only one space after a period.
      • Use italics for titles.
      • Use end notes, not footnotes.
      • Use hanging indent or first line indent features of your Word program as appropriate.
    • Please include an abstract and a brief bio.
  • Call for Reviewers

    We are looking for article reviewers. Please send inquiries to patricia.bostian@cpcc.edu

    Patricia Kennedy Bostian
    Central Piedmont Community College
    Cato Campus
    P.O. Box 35009
    Charlotte, NC 28235-5009