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More than four decades after its founding, the Journal of Modern Literature remains a leading scholarly journal in the field of modern and contemporary literature and is widely recognized as such. It emphasizes scholarly studies of literature in all languages, as well as related arts and cultural artifacts, from 1900 to the present. International in its scope, its contributors include scholars from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Eavesdropping with George Chauncey: A Closer Look at JML 42.3

Take a closer look at JML 42.3 (Spring 2019). Benjamin Kahan discusses his essay that revisits George Chauncey's influential text Gay New York (1994). By expanding the literary archive to include Harlem Renaissance texts, Kahan encounters a series of African-American figures that are absent from Chauncey’s categories.

Read his post HERE.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Closer Look at JML 42.3 (Spring 2019): Whence Waste?

Now on the press's blog, author Alexander Adkins discusses the role of disgust in postcolonial fiction explored in his essay, "Neoliberal Disgust in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger." He asks: what purpose did scatology serve in the aftermath of decolonization? What might its recent iterations tell us about the role of satire today?

Read it HERE.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sad goodbye to JML advisory editor Joshua B. Lukin

It is with great sorrow that the editors of JML acknowledge the sudden passing of advisory editor Joshua B. Lukin, who was known to all as a good man and a brilliant interlocutor.  We offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends, and especially his wife Ann Keefer.  He will be missed terribly.

Philadelphia Inquirer obituary

Joshua B. Lukin Biography 

Josh Lukin taught full-time in Temple University’s First-Year Writing Program, where he has earned five Outstanding Teacher citations and been inducted into the Instructors’ Hall of Fame; he has also taught literature courses in the history of criticism, contemporary global fiction, noir film and fiction, and social issues in literature. His scholarly interests included U.S. Fiction since 1945 and Disability Studies. Josh has published articles, reviews, and interviews in such venues as Journal of Modern Literature, MLN, minnesota review, Twentieth-Century Literature, and the Encyclopedia of American Disability History. He was the editor of Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States (University Press of Mississippi, 2008), an anthology in which he and six other scholars look at how, in an era where older modes of resistance were discredited, stigmatized, or destroyed, literature illuminated the efforts of marginalized groups to salvage or to reconceptualize their struggles for rights and recognition.

Dr. Lukin served on the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession and on Temple’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability. His work has been taught at many schools, among them the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, Purdue North Central, the University of Minnesota, University of Sussex, CUNY Graduate Center, Central Michigan University, National Chiao Tung University, the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, Southern Illinois University, and Haverford College. His last projects include a collection of his interviews with feminist authors and Noir Recognitions, a study of identity in the 1950s novels of Jim Thompson, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and Philip Dick. He lived in Philadelphia and enjoyed dining out, folksinging, classical theater, chamber music, and feline companionship.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

JML 42.3 (Spring 2019) is now available

JML 42.3 (Spring 2019), on the theme "Reading a Century of Affects: From Modernist Longing to Neoliberal Disgust" is now live on JSTOR at https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/jmodelite.42.issue-3 and on Project Muse at https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40682.


Matthew Clarke
“At the Bottom”: Lytton Strachey and the Sodomitical Archive

Jennifer Spitzer
The Heterodox Psychology and Queer Poetics of Auden in the 1930s

Benjamin Kahan
Sheiks, Sweetbacks, and Harlem Renaissance Sexuality, or the Chauncey Thesis at Twenty-Five

Siobhan Phillips
Intimacy, Epistolarity, and the Work of Queer Mourning in James Schuyler’s Poetry

Patrick Jackson
The Narrative of Grief in Ted Hughes’s Crow

Elizabeth Weston
Resisting Loss: Guilt and Consolation in Ian McEwan’s Atonement

Anna Ioanes
Disgust in Silhouette: Toni Morrison, Kara Walker, and the Aesthetics of Violence

Cara L. Lewis
Beholding: Visuality and Postcritical Reading in Ali Smith’s How to be both

Frederick D. King and Alison Lee
Consuming Surfaces: Decadent Aesthetics in The Debt to Pleasure

Alexander Adkins
Neoliberal Disgust in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger

Scott C. Thompson
The Culture of Excess: A Review of George Cotkin’s Feast of Excess

Monday, June 10, 2019

Works cited in MLA 8th edition

We receive a great deal of submissions with incorrectly formatted citations. JML uses MLA 8th edition, NOT 7th edition, Chicago, APA or any hybrid thereof.

The most thorough primer on MLA 8th edition style is available from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

For your convenience, we offer sample citations from some of our published essays to help you better see how to correctly format your citations.

Periodicals in MLA 8th edition

Scholarly journal essay
O'Brien, Valerie. “‘A Genius for Unreality’: Neurodiversity in Elizabeth Bowen's Eva Trout.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 42, no. 2, Winter 2019, pp. 75-93.

Book review
Furbank, P.N. “No One Is Incapable of Boiling a Kettle.” Review of Eva Trout, by Elizabeth Bowen. The Times, 25 Jan. 1969, pp. 22.

Online periodical
Yezzi, David. "These Are the Poems, Folks: On the Relationship between Poetry and Joke-telling." Contemporary Poetry Review, 12 October 2011. www.cprw.com/these-are-the-poems-folks-on-the-relationship-between-poetry-and-joke-telling-by-david-yezzi. Accessed 1 June 2019.

Dictionary entry
“lacuna, n.” Oxford English Dictionary Online. Oxford UP, 2016. Accessed 6 June 2016.

Books in MLA 8th edition

Original texts
Ellmann, Maud. Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow across the Page. Edinburgh UP, 2003.

(Note our house style to abbreviate "University Press" as UP. The same idea applies when the words are in a different order: U of Chicago P.)

Bennett, Andrew, and Nicholas Royle. Elizabeth Bowen and the Dissolution of the Novel: Still Lives. St. Martin’s, 1995.

Bowen, Elizabeth. Eva Trout. 1968. Anchor Books, 2003.

Multiple books by same author
Bowen, Elizabeth. Eva Trout. 1968. Anchor Books, 2003.
---. “How to Be Yourself—But Not Eccentric.” 1956. People, Places, pp. 412-16.
---. People, Places, Things. Edited by Allan Hepburn. Edinburgh UP, 2008.
---. “The Thread of Dreams.” 1969. People, Places, pp. 416-17.

(Note the use of three hyphens NOT dashes or underlining. Note the ordering by title NOT date. Note also the two cross-referenced essays from a collection.)

Single-author works with other contributors
Deleuze, Gilles. The Logic of Sense. Edited by Constantin V. Boudas. Translated by Mark Lester with Charles Stivale. Columbia UP, 1990.

(Note the periods and capitalizations.)

Multi-author collections
Walshe, Eibhear, editor. Elizabeth Bowen. Irish Academic P, 2009.

Essays in collections
O’Toole, Tina. “Angels and Monsters: Embodiment and Desire in Eva Trout.” Elizabeth Bowen, edited by Eibhear Walshe. Irish Academic P, 2009, pp. 162-78.

(Note comma and use of lowercase "edited" for collections. Note our house style places a period before the publisher, no matter what precedes it.)

Essays in collections that have been already cited (cross reference citation)
O’Toole, Tina. “Angels and Monsters: Embodiment and Desire in Eva Trout.” Walshe, pp. 162-78.

Conference presentations
Valente, Joseph. “Is the Au in Autism the Same as the Au in Autonomy?” Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago. 9-12 Jan. 2014.

Archival documents
Oppen, George. Letter to Ezra Pound. 1 May 1930. Louis Zukofsky’s Papers. TXRC98-A11 Box 33, Folder 7. Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Brief hiatus for submissions

JML will not be processing new submissions received after 11 a.m. EDT on May 16 through May 22, due to staff vacation. 

We recommend that you delay submissions until after that time period.

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Closer look at JML 42.2: Brave New Worlds of Birth Control

Now on the IU Press blog, JML author Julia Chan gives background on her essay from the Winter 2019 issue, "The Brave New Worlds of Birth Control: Women’s Travel in Soviet Russia and Naomi Mitchison’s We Have Been Warned." She considers women's political pilgrimages to Soviet Russia and how these women viewed the Bolshevik ideal of female empowerment and emancipation that is simultaneously there and not quite there.

Read it HERE.