Modern Language Studies is a forum for examining provocative issues in all areas of English, American, and comparative literature, and the literatures of the modern languages.
Modern Language Studies is a peer reviewed journal representing the wide-ranging critical and creative interests of NeMLA members. We publish scholarship, interviews, fiction and poetry, reviews, and commentary on the professions of teaching, research, and writing.
Modern Language Studies is available online at modernlanguagestudies.org/
Twice a year you receive Modern Language Studies in your mailbox. Maybe you flip through the pages, checking to see if any of the articles interest you. Maybe you take a quick glance at the poem or comic appearing in that issue’s “Front Matter” section, or you check the contributor notes to see who’s in the issue and what their accomplishments look like. Perhaps you just toss it on one of those large piles of papers and books encircling your desk’s slowly diminishing workspace. These are the everyday ways that MLS materializes in your life, and by extension how NeMLA maintains a presence there too.
But MLS is more than just another pretty object in your bookcase (we did, after all, win an award for our design). It’s also what enables us speak to each other as a community of scholars, writers, teachers, and graduate students. Like the PMLA, MLS is a forum for both emerging and established scholars, and for all the theoretical and critical perspectives that make our organization a richly diverse one. Unlike the PMLA we also provide a stage for the creative work of our members, for interviews with writers, and for the unpublished letters and works of artists and intellectuals. MLS is one of the few humanities journals that still operates as an omnibus publication serving a wide range of intellectual and aesthetic tastes; one of the few still being published in hard copy, though with an online presence too; and one of the few still committed to remaining economically and editorially independent from todays corporate journal aggregators/publishers. We are, proudly, the voice of NeMLA’s membership.
In return for your membership fee—and, for those of you who live outside the U.S., an international mailing fee—you receive the latest and best work of your fellow members. You also receive another implicit invitation to send your work and to join the discussions that continue between conventions and among the entire membership. Whether it’s an article, a profession and pedagogy essay, a work of fiction or poetry, a review, or a position statement for “NeMLA Notes,” we have space here for you. That’s our job.
—Laurence Roth, Editor