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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.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Beckett's humility/humiliation nexus: a Closer Look at JML 42.4



Take a closer look at JML 42.4 (Summer 2019). Rick de Villiers discusses how Samuel Beckett's Molloy adds to our understanding of the Beckettian humility/humiliation nexus. 

Read his post HERE

Monday, October 28, 2019

English submissions, please!

A quick clarification: Journal of Modern Literature is an English-language journal. While we consider studies ABOUT literatures in all languages, we do not consider submissions themselves that are not in English. 

All non-English passages you quote must have English translations provided. See MLA 8th edition, section 1.3.8, for formatting details.

See also our detailed submission guidelines here: https://journalofmodernliterature.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dangerous epistles in Joyce and Proust: A Closer Look at JML 42.4



Take a closer look at JML 42.4 (Summer 2019). David Spurr discusses how controversial political figures--Dreyfus and Parnell--appear in the fiction of Proust and Joyce, and how the role of forged letters in both cases influence these authors' work.

Read it HERE.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

JML 42.4, A modernist lineage: Joyce, Beckett, Coetzee



JML 42.4 (Summer 2019), on the theme "Joyce, Beckett, Coetzee," is now available!
Read it on JSTOR and Project Muse

The sequence of names heading this issue’s thematic clusters—James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and John M. Coetzee—embody an ideal modernist lineage. Indeed, Beckett began his career as Joyce’s unofficial secretary, and he always named Joyce’s devotion to his art as influencing his decision to pursue a literary rather than academic career. Coetzee, who started out as a computer expert and an English professor, wrote an excellent dissertation on the style of Beckett’s Watt, as well as important essays on Beckett. Beckett offered both a repertoire of literary techniques and a model of ethical integrity. This sequence of names suggests that modernism has not yet lost its purchase as an umbrella term. Modernism has not been replaced by the “posts” that have been tried and petered out, one after the other. 

Issue content includes:

Jean-Michel Rabaté
Editor’s Introduction: Joyce, Beckett, Coetzee

David Spurr 
Trials of the Letter in Joyce and Proust

Neil R. Davison
“Ivy Day”: Dublin Municipal Politics and Joyce’s Race-Society Colonial Irish Jew 

Georgina Binnie 
“Photo girl he calls her”: Re-Reading Milly in Ulysses 

Elizabeth M. Bonapfel 
Joyce’s Punctuation and the Evolution of Narrative in Finnegans Wake 

Megan Girdwood
“Danced through its seven phases”: Samuel Beckett, Symbolism, and Stage Choreographies 

Rick de Villiers 
A Defense of Wretchedness: Molloy and Humiliation 

Patrick Whitmarsh 
“So it is I who speak”: Communicating Bodies in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and The Unnamable 

Emilie Morin
Beckett, War Memory, and the State of Exception

Shannon Forest
Challenging Secularity’s Posthistorical “Destination”: J.M. Coetzee’s Radical Openness in the Jesus Novels

Marc Farrant 
Finitizing Life: Between Reason and Religion in J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Novels

Ian Tan 
Ways into Joycean Silences: Reviewing James Joyce’s Silences 

Michelle Chiang 
Samuel Beckett and Modernist Film Culture: Review of Samuel Beckett and Cinema

Arya Aryan 
The Late Style of Borges, Beckett, and Coetzee as Postmodernist Cynics 

Erin A. Smith
Modernism for the Middle Class 

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.