Transgressive Culture

Transgressive Culture(ISSN 2043-7102) is a new international journal and book series published by Gylphi Limited and edited by Professor Jason Lee of the University of Derby ( It concerns the limits – in all their guises – and what lies beyond them. The journal aims include:

  • questioning the meaning and significance of transgressive culture
  • understanding more deeply how this reflects on contemporary culture and
  • offering an opportunity for transgressive culture to be more widely known through analysis of existing work and through generating new creative work.

There are planned themed editions on addiction, sexual abuse, Hubert Selby Jr., Will Self and J.G. Ballard.

The journal seeks to examine the boundaries of culture, both critically and creatively. Analysis of culture in all forms, including literature, art, film, media and music, is welcome, with a focus primarily on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the transnational.

In terms of creative work, poetry, prose, screenwriting and writing for performance, non-fiction and, of course, work that transcends these boundaries is encouraged.

Our Editiorial Board includes: Feona Attwood (Sheffield Hallam), Charlie Blake (Liverpool Hope), Ken Gelder (Melbourne), Paul Hegarty (Cork), Mark Jancovich (UEA), James Kincaid (Southern California), Xavier Mendik (Brunel), Atte Oksanen (University of Tampere), David Punter (Bristol) and Johnny Strike.

The Editorial for the first issue of Transgressive Culture by Prof Lee is available for free download from this link:, along with details of all the articles, fiction and reviews in this first issue.

Work needs to be informed by the ideas of key influential theorists of transgression, but this is not prescriptive. We encourage all writing that challenges norms and subverts expectations. Please send a 300-word outline of your work via the contact form below to the Editor, Professor Jason Lee.