WIF Studies

WIF Studies is a refereed journal published yearly in late fall by our association. WIF Studies is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journal. Articles published in our journal appear in the Modern Language Association Bibliography.

WIF Studies is now available online on the Project Muse website.


• All of our members can submit articles pertaining to the study of women in French and Francophone literature and cultures. Articles are reviewed by our editorial board and decisions are usually sent back to authors in an 8 weeks delay.
•In addition to refereed articles, we also publish the graduate essay written by the winner of the WIF Prize essay contest.

* Articles may be written in English or in French. However, we highly recommend that you write your essay in the language in which you feel you can best convey your ideas
* Articles should not exceed twenty pages and should follow the MLA Style
* Articles submitted to WIFS should be original work and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
* Similarly, articles submitted to WIFS should not be previously published elsewhere. In special cases, there may be exceptions to this rule, but authors must contact the editor/s for information about these exceptions.
* Articles should be submitted with all form of identification removed, including in the document properties
* On a separate sheet, please also provide a brief summary of your contribution, your contact information and a short bio-bibliography
* Both documents should be submitted electronically to the Executive Editor Professor Juliette Rogers at jmrogers@macalester.edu

NB : Manuscripts in English or in French should be between 15 and 20 pages in length (double spaced, including notes and list of works cited). Please place the notes and the list of works cited at the end of the essay. We prefer that you keep notes to a minimum. Most references can be included in the body of the text. We follow the MLA Style Manual; if the essay is in French, please take into account the French typographical norms. For both languages, put titles of works in italics; do not underline. Keep extra formatting to a strict minimum. As a space-saver, only use one space after each sentence.



‘Comptes rendus,’ the newest section of WIF Studies, is an important addition to our publication and we seek the collaboration of all interested parties.  These book reviews serve a multitude of functions: to promote recently-published work on women authors or on subjects of interest within the field of women’s studies and feminist studies; to improve women’s studies research by sharing our recommendations on publications with which members may not yet be familiar; to develop the CVs of the authors of these book reviews; and to occasionally permit junior researchers to gain a bit of experience before publishing their first professional articles in scholarly journals.

Because WIF Studies is a relatively new publication, at present, we only receive a few titles from major publishers.  Nonetheless, our list of available books should slowly, but surely grow.  (Don’t forget that many of you have submitted reviews of books that you had read, despite the fact that we did not carry the publications.) In order to give you the perfect morsel of potential authors and to facilitate your book selections, please consult the list of available books that we have to offer.

If you wish to acquire and review a specific book or if you wish to submit a review of a work that you particularly enjoyed (or not!), please note the following details:

1. You must be a member of WIF to publish a book review.
2. Book reviews, whose length should be between 500 and 750 words, must be submitted by email attachment in order to avoid any compatibility issues.  Please use Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
3. The heading must be double-spaced and include the following information: the author’s name, the title of the book, details of publication (place, publisher, number of pages, ISBN, and price).  Below is an example (note the use of punctuation, capitalization, italics for the title, and bold lettering):

Dentière, Marie.  “Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre” and “Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin.”  Ed. and trans. Mary B. McKinley.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.  Pp [i]-xxix; 110. ISBN 0-226-14278-7. $50.00 (Cloth). ISBN 0-226-14279-5. $18.00 (Paper).

4. Font: Times New Roman. No use of bold permitted except within the heading. The title must be in italics.
5. Double-spacing throughout the text with indentations of 1 tab (or 5 spaces) at the beginning of each paragraph.  The document must employ one-inch (1”) margins.
6. If the document pertains to a translation (particularly of a literary work), it is obligatory to note the quality of the translation, especially for those who may wish to include it as part of their course (and if the translation is good).  It is also a way of recognizing the work done by the translator, which is so often overlooked.
7. The signature of the book review should appear at the end, indicating your university affiliation, if appropriate. Please indicate this in bold lettering and align it to the left.
8. Punctuation: for all texts written in French, adhere to the French rules of punctuation and also include spaces before and after « ; » and « : ».  For texts written in English, do not include spaces before quotation marks.  All texts that contain dashes must use em-dashes with no spaces on either side—as with this example.  Ellipses (using three periods) found in the original text must be noted with a space on all sides and between each period: [. . .]. For all other questions pertaining to formatting and punctuation, please refer to the MLA Handbook.

Please submit your book reviews to Prof. Cheryl Toman at cat12@case.edu.

The deadline for all submissions is May 1, of each year.

N.B.: Authors are responsible for sending copies of their reviews to the book publisher, if applicable.



1. Library Subscriptions: please address all questions concerning library subscriptions to Vicki De Vries, e-mail at vdevries@calvin.edu

2. Members: If you become a WIF member, you will automatically receive a copy of Women in French Studies.

3. Back Issues: If you wish to order an earlier volume, the price for each issue of Women in French Studies is $14 US for the US and Canada, and $24 US for other countries. To obtain a copy of a back issue, please send the following form and a check or international money order, made out to WOMEN IN FRENCH, to:

Vicki De Vries
French Department
Calvin College
1845 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Editorial Board
Grace ArmstrongBryn Mawr College
Faith BeasleyDartmouth College
Anne DonadeySan Diego State University
Elissa GelfaudMount Holyoke College
Paula Ruth GilbertGeorge Mason University
Susan IrelandGrinnell College
Katharine Ann JensenLouisiana State University
Barbara KlawNorthern Kentucky University
Christiane MakwardPennsylvania State University
Bénédicte MonicatPennsylvania State University
Elisabeth-Christine MuelschAngelo State University
Adriauna PaliyeukoColby College
Patrice ProulxUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha
Mary Rice-DeFosseBates College
Gill RyeUniversity of London
Samia SpencerAuburn University
Felicia SturzerUniversity of Tennessee, Chatanooga
Carrie TarrKingston University
Janie VaupeeSmith College
Cathy YaudellCarleton College
Advisory Board
Evelyne AccadUniversity of Illinois; Lebanese American University
Frédérique ChevillotUniversity of Denver
Christine DelphyI.R.E.S.C.O
Adèle KingBall State University
Gita MayColumbia University
Toril MoiDuke University
Catherine R. MontfortSanta Clara University
Mildred MortimerUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Lydie MoudilenoUniversity of Pennsylvania
Michelle PerrotUniversité de Paris Vll
Laurence PorterMichigan State University
Christine PlantéUniversité Lumière Lyon II
Annabelle ReaOccidental College
Michèle SardeGeorgetown University
Donna StantonUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Marie-Odile SweetzerUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
Colette TroutUrsinus College
Colette WinnWashington University, St. Louis