Welcome to Volume 5, no. 1 of Transnational Literature.
As always, we offer a wide range of articles, creative writing and reviews, with papers on topics ranging from what might be regarded as mainstream postcolonial criticism, to reconsiderations of classic works of the late nineteenth century such as Dracula and R.L. Stevenson's The Ebb Tide. This issue also includes three translations, two from the Bangla of the early 20th century feminist writer Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, and one from the Kashmiri of short story writer, Akhtar Mohiuddin.
Our creative and life writing editor has gathered stories from
all over the world, and the poetry section includes a good crop
of Australian poets, some of them expatriates, as well as some
poets from overseas. Dozens of book reviews, of historical,
theoretical and critical works as well as creative and life
writing, complete the issue.
We have two exciting announcements to make. We have been approached by the editors of the well-regarded Australian journal New Literatures Review with a proposal to merge our two journals. The journal will continue to be known as Transnational Literature, and will be freely available online as before. It will be strengthened by the addition of expertise from the NLR editorial team at the University of Tasmania, and distinguished members of their Advisory Board will swell the ranks of our boards.
The other interesting development is that in August this year we signed a contract with ProQuest to be included in their Literature Online resource. They have confirmed that Transnational Literature will be included in their December upload. I believe this is a major boost for Transnational Literature, and I am very pleased that they approached us unsolicited to join them. This will add significantly to our profile, which is already impressive: a recent sample of downloads from the journal over a six-month period showed that just three of the issues have generated 26,462 downloads, which represents an average of more than 100 downloads per item.
The news is not universally positive, however. Deb Matthews-Zott, who has formally been our poetry editor since May 2011, and a valued advisor for much longer, has decided to step aside in order to focus on other projects. I would like to thank her for all her help, support and friendship over the years. She will remain on the Editorial Board.