Research in African Literatures
Research in African Literatures is recognized internationally as the world's premier scholarly journal devoted to the publication of peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of the literatures of Africa, both oral and written. RAL is open to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches. Kwaku Larbi Korang of AAAS serves as editor and is assisted by associate editors Adeleke Adeeko and Chiek Thiam and managing editor Molly Reinhoudt. The journal is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November by Indiana University Press, and is an official journal of both the African Literature Association and the African Literatures Division of the Modern Language Association.
Established at the University of Texas by Bernth Lindfors in 1970, the editorial office of RAL was brought to The Ohio State University by the late Richard Bjornson in 1989, when Indiana University Press became the journal's publisher. Later, under the editorships of F. Abiola Irele and the late John Conteh-Morgan, RAL broadened its focus to include African literatures considered with other forms of cultural expression, African literatures in an international context, and the relationship between African literatures and those of the metropole and of the recent and historical African diaspora. RAL frequently publishes special issues on topics of timely interest as well as a lively forum, and each issue contains reviews of the latest scholarly works in the field.
Additional information is available through the Department of African American and African Studies.