Modern Language Quarterly

A Journal of Literary History 

Modern Language Quarterly

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For information on how to submit an article, visit submission guidelines.

Journal Current volume: 82 Frequency: Quarterly

Academic Editor: Marshall Brown

MLQ accepts articles that pay attention to the broader scope of literary history regardless of genre or period. The focus of publication—and the sticking point—is literary history. General theory, historicist contextualizations, and self-contained close readings are not published. Essays should concern the situation and the action of literary works in time. Chronology must matter to an essay's argument or theoretical concern, together with the impact or interrelationship of imaginative texts.


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Editorial Office:
Department of English
University of Washington
Box 354330
Seattle, WA 98195-4330
206-685-2673 (fax)

Marshall Brown, University of Washington

Associate Editor:
Jeffrey Knight

Assistant Editor:
Jingsi Shen

Editorial Board:
Yomi Braester
Jessica Burstein
Terri DeYoung
Monika Kaup
Charles LaPorte
Brian M. Reed
Henry Staten
Jesse Oak Taylor
Richard Watts
Sabine Wilke

Advisory Board:
Charles Altieri
Jonathan Arac
Nancy Armstrong
Robert L. Caserio
Wai Chee Dimock
Margaret Ferguson
Barbara Fuchs
Paul Giles
Bruce Holsinger
Julia Reinhard Lupton
Christie McDonald
Jerome McGann
Marjorie Perloff
David Simpson
Doris Sommer
Garrett Stewart
John Treat

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Essays for consideration should be e-mailed to, readable by PC, and formatted for WordPerfect or Word.

Initial submissions should be carefully prepared according to accepted professional norms. They do not need to conform to the MLQ style sheet prior to acceptance. Please remember to number the pages. Essays do not usually exceed 9,000 words, including notes.

After an article is accepted for publication, we ask that it be provided in Word and prepared in accordance with the MLQ style sheet (see above). A brief abstract (100–200 words) and contributor's note (60 words or less) are also required with the final version of the article.

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Indexed/abstracted in the following: Academic ASAP, Academic OneFile, ArticleFirst, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Book Review Index Plus, Current Abstracts, Current Contents, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, Educator's Reference Complete, Electronic Collections Online, European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) PLUS, Expanded Academic ASAP, General OneFile, General Reference Center Gold, General Reference Center, Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson), IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, InfoTrac Custom, InfoTrac Student Edition, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association), OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, Professional ProQuest Central, ProQuest 5000, ProQuest Central, Research Library, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies, Scopus, Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983 (H.W. Wilson), Student Resources in Context, TOC Premier (Table of Contents), Ulrichsweb, Web of Science.
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Closing Dates
June 2021 (82:2) - Closes 03/08/2021
September 2021 (82:3) - Closes 06/08/2021
December 2021 (82:4) - Closes 09/08/2021

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ISSN: 0026-7929
e-ISSN: 1527-1943