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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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Jack Kerouac Show: A Closer Look at JML 43.1

Now on the IU Press Blog: JML author Kathryn Winner discusses how the Beat-generation author Jack Kerouac used his celebrity status to take up and respond to emerging communication media.

Read the post HERE.

Winner's essay, "Visions of Cody and Media: Jack Kerouac as Late Modernist" is a special "Read for FREE" featured piece on JSTOR. Find it HERE.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Erratum notice: JML 43.1

In "A Bedpan of Poop: The Influence of Silent Screen Comedy on Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer" by Larry Durst in JML 43.1 (Fall 2019), the author inadvertently truncated two sources from the works cited.

The following works should have been included on page 18:

Trotter, David.  Cinema and Modernism. Blackwell, 2007.

Vargas Llosa, Mario. Making Waves: Essays. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2001.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Media & Print Culture: JML 43.1 is LIVE!

JML 43.1 (Fall 2019) on the topic "Media and Print Culture" is now live on JSTOR and Project Muse. Here is the issue line-up:


Larry Durst 
A Bedpan of Poop: The Influence of Silent Screen Comedy on Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer

Alison Fraser  
Mass Print, Clipping Bureaus, and the Pre-Digital Database: Reexamining Marianne Moore’s Collage Poetics through the Archives 

Alistair McCleery
Banned Books and Publishers’ Ploys: The Well of Loneliness as Exemplar

Robert Spoo
Judge Woolsey’s Ulysses Opinion: Early Print History and Reader Response

Ashley Maher
“Three-Dimensional” Modernism: The Language of Architecture and British Literary Periodicals

Fabio L. Vericat
Church Radio: The Sermon and the CBS Broadcast of T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral

Matthew Kilbane
Broadcasting Dialect: Sterling Brown, Norman Corwin, and Latent Remediation

Kathryn Winner
Visions of Cody and Media: Jack Kerouac as Late Modernist

Myles Oldershaw
Granta and the Advent of the Contemporary

Paul Piatkowski
Deterritorializing the Textual Site in the Digital Age: Paratextual and Narrative Democracy in Mark Z. Danielewski’s Only Revolutions

Henry N. Gifford
Negotiating Contradictions: A Review of BLAST at 100

David F. Ting
Deadly Lights

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