Literary History (Književna istorija) was founded in 1968 as a journal of the publishing house “Obod” from Cetinje, and later of the publishing house “Vuk Karadžić” as well. Its founder and first Editor-in-Chief was Aleksandar Petrov, succeeded by Jovan Deretić. During its entire existence, the journal relied on the cooperation of the research projects’ associates at the Institute for Literature and Art. In 1991 Literary History became the official organ of the Institute, and its new appointed Editor-in-Chief, Dušan Ivanić, continued with the distinct literary-theoretical and literary-historical orientation of the journal. With Miodrag Maticki taking the position of the Editor-in-Chief in 2001, Literary History broadened its concept to include interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific studies and articles as well.
As a journal with a M24 ranking, Literary History is among the leading scholarly journals in Serbia, open to all authors from the country, the region and from abroad whose articles pass through a carefully elaborated system of editorial and blind peer-review readings. In this manner, the journal’s international Editorial Board endeavors to raise the quality of published articles in each new issue and to establish exact criteria and high standards of academic writing and scholarly research.
Since January 2015 the journal is included in the international list ERIH PLUS, and since june 2017. journal is included in CEEOL.
Literary History publishes papers in the field of literary studies, as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary papers, within the following sections: New Readings of Tradition; Modernist Heritage; Terminological Guide; Contexts; Studies, Articles, Contributions; Scholarly Debate; Reviews.
The journal is issued three times a year. The Editorial Board accepts papers throughout the year.