*Style Sheet for Contributors:

Author's Bio: 50-100 words, including name, affiliation, select publications, and current research interests.

Abstract: paragraph (ca. 150-200 words) summarizing the essay's argument.


1. Style:  B&L uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th or 15th edition, with a preference for parenthetical citations using the author-date -page number system. We can accept manuscripts in Word, Word Perfect or RTF formats. We prefer email attachments, but also accept manuscripts on diskette or CD.

Articles generally run from 7000 to 9000 words, but we also occasionally publish "clusters" of shorter essays on a related theme. We send articles out for review as soon as we find a reader with expertise in the field who is willing to serve. Each essay will be sent to no more than two readers; if these readers disagree, the editors make the final decision. We strongly encourage authors who receive a report to “Revise and Resubmit” to do so, with the guidance of the editors.

We welcome proposals for future essay-clusters by groups of scholars. If you would like to propose an essay-cluster (two or more essays on a related theme) for a general or a special issue, please send manuscripts to the editors, preferably along with the name of another scholar to introduce the cluster. Essay-clusters are subject to the same peer-review process as articles considered singly.

2. Citations: We prefer, where possible, parenthetical citations using the author-date-page number system, e.g., Fineman, taking a world-historical point of view, hypothesizes that "Shakespeare marks the beginning of the modernist self and Freud . . . its end, the two of them together thus bracketing an epoch of subjectivity" (Fineman 1986, 47); but Sinfield largely avoids the issue, asserting a "sufficient continuity" between these understandings (Sinfield 1992, 60), while insisting that what has been the problem all along is, not selfhood, but essentialist humanism, the way in which we interpret selfhood. Please reserve endnotes for substantive explanatory comments. We prefer endnotes to be in a separate document, but can work with endnotes created through a word processor's endnote function. For two authors with the same surname, include first initial in parenthetical citations. For two or more works by a single author, include author, date and page number: e.g., (Sinfield 1985, 72). For two or more works by a single author published in the same year, allot a letter to each work published in the same year, in alphabetical order: e.g., (Nisenson 2000a, 202).

3. Quotations: For poetry of three or more lines and prose quotations of four or more lines, use indented block quotations. Shorter quotations may be included in the body of the essay as inline quotations.

4. Languages: While some foreign words or phrases may be utilized in the text (and may be italicized), the article otherwise should be entirely in English. If your text includes quotations in a language other than English, use authoritative translations (or your own), followed by English translation in parentheses. Identify the translators in the footnotes. The titles of books and articles in languages other than English should be followed immediately by their English translations in parentheses. Adhere strictly to the conventions of any foreign language you use; we depend on you for accuracy. Please use American rather than British spelling except in quotations.


Font: Use Times Roman 12 (non-proportional) font.

Margins: Set at 1-inch right, left, top, and bottom. Do not justify right margin. Do not set widow/orphan protection.

Line Spacing: Double space (2 line spaces) entire manuscript, including notes and block quotes.

Page Numbers: Number pages in upper right corner, beginning with page 2 (suppress page 1 number). Otherwise, use no running head.

Paragraphs: Use Tab key to indent paragraphs. Use automatic (soft) return within each paragraph (use hard return only for paragraph end). Use 1 hard return at the end of each paragraph. Use 2 hard returns only between sections (if any).

Character Spacing: Use 1 space after periods, colons, commas and semicolons. To create a dash, type 2 hyphens with one space before the preceding word and one space after the following word. To type an ellipsis, type a space between each of the 3 periods and between the preceding and following words. In the case of an ellipsis following a period, do not put a space between the period and the preceding word. Do not worry about an ellipsis breaking at the end of a line.

Hyphenation: Do not use automatic hyphenation. Do not hyphenate end-of-line words unless they are normally hyphenated.


Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation is supported by the University of Georgia English Department, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia, the President's Venture Fund of the University of Georgia, and the <emma> project.

Permissions and Disclaimers

The opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors, the English Department, or the University System of Georgia.

Essays may not be copied or downloaded from this site without the express permission of Borrowers and Lenders or the author. Multimedia may not be downloaded or copied from this site without permission from the copyright holder or holders.

Authors are responsible for securing any necessary permissions for illustrations to their essays. Contact the General Editors if you are having difficulty doing this.

The editors have made every effort to obtain permission from copyright holders, but in some cases have been unable to contact the holders.

If you have any further information about copyrights and permissions of material on this site, please contact the editors.

ISSN 1554-6985

About the Journal

Borrowers and Lenders, winner of the CELJ Best New Journal Award in 2007, is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia Shakespeare journal (http://www.borrowers.uga.edu). The journal is indexed in the MLA Bibliography, World Shakespeare Bibliography, and other databases.

Editorial Staff and Board

General Editors: Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar, University of Georgia
Associate Editor: Robert Sawyer, East Tennessee State University
Managing Editor: Maria Chappell, University of Georgia
Book Review Editor: Joshua King, University of Georgia
Appropriations in Performance Editor: Matthew Kozusko, Ursinus College
Software Code Writer: Ron Balthazor, University of Georgia
Website Design: William Reeves, University of Georgia
Editorial Assistant: Sarah Mayo, University of Georgia

Editorial Board

Michael Best, University of Victoria, Victoria
Mark Thornton Burnett, Queen’s University, Belfast
Richard Burt, University of Florida
Thomas Cartelli, Muhlenberg College
Celia Daileader, Florida State University
Juliet Dusinberre, Girton College, Cambridge
Daniel Fischlin, University of Guelph, Ontario
Sarah Hatchuel, University of Le Havre
Alexa Huang, George Washington University
Russell Jackson, University of Birmingham
Ruru Li, University of Leeds
Arthur Little, University of California, Los Angeles
Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
Sharon O'Dair, University of Alabama
Laurie Osborne, Colby College
Patricia Parker, Stanford University
David Riggs, Stanford University
Katherine Rowe, Bryn Mawr College
Anne Russell, Wilfrid Laurier University
Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
Bruce Smith, University of Southern California
Lisa S. Starks-Estes, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Stanley Wells, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia journal that welcomes original scholarship engaging with the afterlives of Shakespearean texts and their literary, filmic, multimedia, and critical histories. It encourages contributors to use the online format to its best advantage, in particular, by imagining how to enhance or illustrate their essays with multimedia (screen captures, sound clips, images, and so on). B&L won the CELJ's "Best New Journal" Award in 2007. B&L is fully indexed in the MLA Bibliography. B&L is currently co-edited by Dr. Christy Desmet (cdesmet[at]uga.edu) and Dr. Sujata Iyengar (iyengar[at]uga.edu); correspondence should be addressed to lenders[at]uga.edu or to Managing Editor Ms. Maria Chappell (machapp[at]uga.edu).