Zeal: A Journal for the Liberal Arts

Zeal: A Journal for the Liberal Arts is an online, open-access journal with the mission of inspiring and fostering scholarship that supports and advances the liberal arts. The journal specializes in publishing interdisciplinary forums, author-meets-critics book discussions, and less conventional “Provocations & Occasions”—articles that, though worthy of a wide readership, are in one way or another misfits with standard disciplinary journals.

Zeal seeks articles to be published as “Provocations & Occasions.”

Submissions will undergo double-anonymous peer review.

By way of example, appropriate articles might have originated as a response to a longer article or a lecture. They also might be written in a style that is considered inappropriate for a disciplinary journal: perhaps the article is funny, uncommonly creative, or written with unaccustomed zeal. A third possibility, though not the last, is that the article originated from teaching, and it speaks to a question that is of limited interest to specialists but is important for a teacher to work through.

The typical length will be 3,000 words, though shorter and longer articles are welcome. No abstract is needed; follow Chicago humanities style, with endnotes and no list of works cited.

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