We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.
For those interested in publishing articles that deal with literature from any language or tradition, 1900-present.
Although, the Journal of Modern Literature’s submission guidelines state that the journal welcomes submissions focusing on “literature…as well as related arts and cultural artifacts,” as the typewriter on its front cover would seem to indicate, JML leans heavily towards the written word. Within the domain of literature however, the journal casts a wide net, and welcomes submissions about texts both canonical and little-known, and from a variety of languages and traditions. (Articles must be written in English, but commonly discuss texts in other languages including some that most journals rarely cover – Swedish, Japanese, Turkish, etc.) JML also publishes one special issue per year with recent topics including domestic life and modernist resistance.
Useful for Submission
Word Count: Somewhat short. 9000 maximum.
Issues per year: 4 (with one being a special issue)
Current volume number: 42
Articles per year: 35-40
Citation style: MLA
Abstract length (if required): 100 to 150
Upcoming special issues (if available): N/A
Relevant Editors: Managing Editor Laurel Garver responds to query letters quickly and courteously; Maria DiBattista of the Princeton English department.
Open access?: No.
Bibliography (articles in the journal consulted for this review)
Tess McNulty. “Joyce Adapting Shelley: The Social Function of Lyric Form.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018, pp. 23–41.
Kawana, Sari. “A Narrative Game of Cat and Mouse: Parody, Deception and Fictional Whodunit in Natsume Sōseki’s Wagahai Wa Neko Dearu.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 33, no. 4, 2010, pp. 1–20.
Sweeney, Carole. “‘And Yet Some Free Time Remains. . . .’: Post-Fordism and Writing in Michel Houellebecq’s Whatever.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 33, no. 4, 2010, pp. 41–56.
Rives, Rochelle. “Modernist Prosopopoeia: Mina Loy, Gaudier-Brzeska and the Making of Face.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 34, no. 4, 2011, pp. 137–159.
Eggan, Taylor A. “Revolutionary Temporality and Modernist Politics of Form: Reading Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o Reading Joseph Conrad.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 38, no. 3, 2015, pp. 38–55.