21st century writing | 21st century approaches


We're delighted with the positive response and enthusiasm Alluvium has generated since its launch in June 2012. Below are some of the endorsements we've received from distinguished academic colleagues:


“Cleverly-thought out and well-designed, Alluvium is extremely fertile ground for new ideas about contemporary literature and theory. More, as an academic-run open-access journal, it’s playing a role extending the geography of serious academic publishing”.

Robert Eaglestone

Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought

Royal Holloway, University of London


“To visit alluvium-journal.org is to encounter what writing in the 21st century can be and do. Resolutely intermedia, resistantly accessible – to both writers and readers – Alluvium is carving out a new space for creative and communal attention to the work of imagination and critical thinking in the contemporary moment. An invaluable resource”.

Vicky Lebeau

Professor of English

University of Sussex


Alluvium is a striking new presence on the critical scene, issuing new work with remarkable regularity. The issues it addresses are sometimes clearly central, matters that many have been talking about – like contemporary war or the digital dissemination of literature. Alternatively, they're sometimes surprising and intriguingly offbeat – like the textuality of nuclear waste or the literature of airports. Alluvium's contributors include some of the liveliest new voices in contemporary criticism. They are given voice here in an online space that is beautifully designed and zestfully illustrated: one of the best-looking academic websites I've ever seen”.

Joseph Brooker

Reader in Modern Literature

Birkbeck, University of London


"Alluvium is a smart and nimble journal with a knack for landing on the subject of the moment. As a researcher, it offers the opportunity to put new ideas into a public forum quickly and—thanks to Alluvium’s alert online readership and lively discussion walls—get the critique and encouragement needed to develop them further. It’s exciting when leaders in the field weigh in on a debate or a comment spins you off in a new direction. Alluvium fosters a spirit of dynamism and generosity in the research community and produces content which positively hums with energy, it’s great to be a part of it.

Bianca Leggett

Teaching Fellow in British Studies

Harlaxton College, University of Evansville


"Alluvium is a stellar site for teaching how to write contemporary literary criticism. The essays consistently combine textured research and formidable interpretations with concision and style. Written with laser focus, the pieces in Alluvium seem to offer significant insights to a wider audience than longer, more conventional lit-crit essays. As such, they’re great to have students explore, both to bolster their ideas about particular literary texts and especially to model what their writing might do. Plus, I love the fact that this bleeding-edge journal is open-access."

Andrew Hageman

Associate Professor of English, Luther College (Decorah, IA)







Alluvium: getting fans excited around the world 

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