Published Since: 1970
Now available free-of-charge online through the University of California Digital Library's eScholarship publications and for purchase in print.
Mester is the literary journal of the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles.
We are dedicated to publishing work that reflects the highest level of scholarship while pushing the limits of accepted views and convenient categories. Since 1970 we have built a reputation as one of the best student-run journals in North America, publishing articles by established scholars alongside the best work of graduate students
We publish critical articles, interviews and book reviews in the fields of Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish American, Brazilian and Chicano literature and linguistics. Mester also welcomes articles in Comparative Literature, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Submissions may be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English.
The journal is now published annually, and it is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures.
CALL FOR PAPERS 2014: "On Violence"
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 10th, 2014
Mester seeks papers for its 43rd issue to be released in 2014. Mester publishes critical articles, interviews, and book reviews in the fields of Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish-American, Brazilian, Latina/o and Chicana/o literatures, linguistics, and cultures.
Our upcoming volume will have two components: a general section, open to any topic related to the scope of the journal, and a special supplement entitled “On Violence.” The articles in the latter section may address cinematic, artistic, or literary representations and implications of violence within a variety of historical, geographical, and social contexts. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: the struggle among Moors, Jews, and Christians in the Iberian Peninsula; the conquest of the Americas; the wars of independence; the institution of slavery; the Mexican Revolution; the Spanish Civil War; the Portuguese Colonial War; the guerra sucia in the Southern Cone; the internal armed conflict in Peru; the drug wars in Colombia and Mexico; and dictatorial regimes in the Luso-Hispanic world; among other themes. Additionally, Mester welcomes manuscripts about gender violence, human rights, resistance to violence, and other interpretations of the topic.
With “On Violence,” Mester also wishes to explore instances of linguistic oppression of minority languages, for instance, studies of the consequences of Proposition 227 in California, state campaigns against Catalan and Euskera during Franco’s dictatorship, or the struggles of indigenous movements to preserve Quechua in the face of the dominance of Spanish in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, as well as other possible themes.
Mester encourages article submissions from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives and academic orientations, such as Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Ecocriticism, Transatlantic Studies, Trauma Studies, Memory Studies, etc.
Articles may be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English. Publication decisions are based solely on the quality of the submissions, which undergo a triple-blind review. For further information on our guidelines for manuscripts to be considered for publication, please see our website:
Texts must be submitted electronically via eScholarship:
Please forward any questions to: Rafael Ramírez Mendoza, Editor-in-Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org
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2013-2014 Editorial Board
Rafael Ramírez Mendoza
Juan Jesús Payán
Julio Puente García
Guest Contributing Editors
Maarten van Delden
2012 - 2013 Editorial Board
José Del Toro
Gracia Jyeun Son
Julio Puente García
Kristal R. Bivona
2010-2011 Editorial Board
Brenda Ortiz-Loyola, Editor-in-Chief
2009-2010 Editorial Board
- Gabriela Venegas, Editor-in-Chief
- Covadonga Lamar Prieto
Susannah R. Drissi
Wanderley Reis da Silva
- ISSN: 0160-2764
- Journal website: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/mester/
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Rafael Ramírez Mendoza, Editor-in-Chief
Rolfe Hall 5310
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of California Los Angeles
Phone (310) 825-1036
Fax (310) 206-4757