Founded in 1997, The Common Room is an electronic journal sponsored by the Department of English and devoted to publishing critical essays on literature from any disciplinary area. Any Knox College student can submit work to the journal for publication consideration.

Nearly two decades of The Common Room can be found in our archives. We encourage you to browse.

The text(s) included in The Common Room are the property of their authors and are used by permission. We insist that readers apply the same principles of fair use to the works in this electronic archive that they would to a published, printed archive. These works may be read online, downloaded for personal use, or the URL of a document (from this server) included in another electronic document. The text itself may not be published commercially (in print or electronic form), edited, or otherwise altered without the permission of the author. As with printed materials, care should be taken when excerpting or referencing text to ensure that the views, opinions, and arguments of the author accurately reflect those contained in the original work.

The Common Room, a bi-annual journal, publishes critical essays by Knox College students with a call for submissions occurring several times each year. We also solicit essays throughout the year in consultation with members of the English Department. Essays may be written from any disciplinary area and must be within the 5-25 page range with proper documentation (MLA) of sources and texts used. Submissions should be directed to thecommonroom@knox.edu.