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Journal recommendation? Offbeat philosophical yet still respected?

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I am considering sending in the writing sample that I wrote for last year's applications to some journals. I spent so long on it and was rejected from everywhere so I feel like all the time I spent on it was wasted... so I could at least try to get it published somewhere right?? I'm taking a year "out" to do some traveling and will be re-applying for 2014. At that point I'll probably put together a different writing sample, so I just want to get some use out of this one.

I'm sick of bothering the professors who wrote my recommendations so I'm wondering if any of you could recommend a good journal to submit to.

The paper is on Althusser and Kafka, basically. Its not really an "Althusserian reading of Kafka"-- its actually more like a theory paper in which I extensively discuss Kafka's "The Trial" in order to make a theoretical argument. There is some Zizek in there, and the whole thing is underpinned by Heidegger's idea of "poetic thinking"-- I talk about "the poetic" as a certain mode of engaging with experience, and relate that to Althusser's seminal formulation of ideological interpellation. So as you can see its a bit off the beaten track, maybe a little crazy. Any respected theory journals out there which cater to discussions of poetics (poetics broadly speaking). I don't really know how high (or low) to shoot either. I have an MA and did very well in my MA program and I have 1 publication already. But I have not been accepted to any PhD programs...

Is "poetics today" a good choice?

Thanks so much. Best of luck to those of you starting classes soon, and those currently working on applications!!

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I'm not sure if this will help, but here is a list of journals that are good in different areas (by no means extensive) of English: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/english/graduate/profskills/Recommended-Journals.php However, I didn't see a lot about Philosophy connections. I did a search on MLA Directory of Perioficals and here were some suggestions (all peer-reviewed) based on the key words you used: Journal of the Kafka Society of America (6-8 per year out of 20, so not super difficult), Poetics Today, and Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts (45-50 submissions, 22-25 accepted). Those are just a few suggestions, but this isn't my area, so hope I at least vaguely helped.

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