A Journal of Comparative Literature is a graduate student
journal published by the Comparative Literature Student Association
of San Francisco State University. Portals was created to publish
the best graduate work exploring comparative literary topics.
We extend our call for papers to students from all over the world
in the attempt to create a diverse and exciting publication.
Portals, we are interested in the figurative power of doors
and windows, while also exploring the frames, jams, and walls
that permit them. We position the journal in the dynamic, interstitial
space that is the field of comparative literature. By "comparative"
we mean the analytic juxtaposition of two distinct elements, at
least one of which is literary in nature. However, we are in this
field because we feel that comparative analysis challenges disciplines
across the spectrum of academic inquiry, and we are eager to enact
this challenge in what we choose to publish.
was first published in 2003. In 2005, the editors of Portals took
the journal online. We believe that in digital form Portals joins
the international community of scholars and writers who consistently
revise and enliven our field. We also believe in access to information.
Printed versions of previous "material" issues are reformatted
and archived on our site, along with the 2002 issue of Powerlines,
the predecessor to Portals. All issues may now be printed
on demand at Café Press, where you may also purchase other tangible
items such as mugs, T-Shirts, and those ever-necessary book bags
the Store link).