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Critical Inquiry is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best critical thought in the arts and humanities. Founded in 1974, it has been called “one of the best known and most influential journals in the world” (Chicago Tribune) and “academe’s most prestigious theory journal” (New York Times). 

Combining a commitment to rigorous scholarship with a vital concern for dialogue and debate, the journal presents articles by eminent and emerging scholars, critics and artists on a wide variety of issues in contemporary criticism and culture.  Associated with no single school of thought, tied to no single discipline, Critical Inquiry is dedicated to providing a forum for cutting-edge thought while reconsidering traditional concepts and practices. 

The CI website features exclusive online content, including advance copies of articles that have not yet appeared in the print edition, real time debates between authors and respondents, multimedia articles and presentations, and dossiers selected from our vast archive made available free of charge for a limited time.  Last but not least, this site features In the Moment—our blog, featuring less formal postings from CI’s network of authors and advisors on matters of pressing interest.  

Click here to read Editors' Statements, 1974–present

General Contact


  • James Williams
  • Senior Managing Editor
  • phone: (773) 702-8477
  • fax: (773) 702-3397
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  • 202 Wieboldt Hall 1050 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637