Welcome to Partial Answers Website - ISSN 1565-3668 Partial Answers, winner of the CELJ "Best New Journal of 2004" award, is a semiannual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Institute for Literatures of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and since 2007 published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. It is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of literature and the history of ideas. It publishes articles that explore the ways in which


  • literary texts can be perceived both as works of art and as testing grounds for ideas;
  • literary works participate in the history of ideas, whether understood as a continuous line of development, as a process of inheriting and correcting schemas, or as a sequence of archeological layers;
  • literary texts negotiate ideological changes;
  • period concepts and debates impinge on the shape of the literary texts;
  • the evolution of ideas affects our reading of the literature of the past;
  • individual texts reflect the changing ideas about literature itself.


The editorial board will be pleased to consider suggestions concerning books to review.

Call for Papers

Partial Answers solicits papers for a forum on “Mapping Victorian Empires, Cultures, Identities,” to be guest-edited by Zoe Beenstock and Galia Benziman. The forum will be devoted to the theme of mapping in diverse areas of British culture in the long nineteenth century, with a focus on literature and the history of ideas.

Franco Moretti’s project of mapping literary networks has sharpened critical attention to spatial organization in nineteenth-century studies. The age of empire saw the end of the proverbial dragons and monsters that had marked the boundaries of the early-modern known world. This forum will explore the logic or rules underlying the new forms of cultural organization that ensued. How did Victorians understand geography? How did mapping – literally and metaphorically – serve to redefine identities formed by encounters with other cultures, places, ethnicities? How did literature, art, and history combine to render the sense of empire and home, center and periphery? The forum will examine mapping in its various manifestations, from analyses of direct representations of maps in nineteenth-century literary texts and their cultural afterlives, through discussions of mapping as an aesthetic praxis with its own figurative imaginary.

Please address inquiries and submit an approximately 250-word proposal or abstract to the guest editors, Zoe Beenstock (zbeenstoc@univ.haifa.ac.il) and Galia Benziman (galia.benziman@mail.huji.ac.il) by September 1, 2019.

Completed articles (approximately 7,000 words in length) are due by January 31, 2020.