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137 (2022)
5 issues
More than one hundred twenty-five years ago, MLN pioneered the introduction of contemporary continental criticism into American scholarship. Since then, its reputation for high standards and excellent quality has continued and grown. Critical studies in the modern languages are featured in four issues (Italian, Hispanic, German, French) and recent work in comparative literature provides the foundation for the articles and notes in MLN. Every volume contains four single-language issues and one comparative literature issue. Winner of the CELJ Phoenix Award!
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Please supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your paper. Preferred file format is Microsoft Word, saved as .doc (please do not send .docx). All articles and reviews will be double-spaced, including notes. All notes must be endnote formatted. Images may be submitted as either black and white photos or as digital files (.tiff or high quality .jpgs) at least 300 dpi. Since images take up space normally reserved for text, please keep any such materials to a minimum. All English-language submissions MUST follow the 7th Ed. MLA Stylebook and be print ready.

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The 2018 issue of MLN Italian will be dedicated to the 2016 500th anniversary of the first edition of Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, with essays by invitation only. Prospective contributors should therefore be aware that any accepted submissions will be postponed to the 2019 issue, for which the deadline will be May 15, 2018.

Manuscripts for the Italian Issue should be sent as electronic attachments to

Submissions must arrive by March 15 to be considered for inclusion in the following Italian Issue. Only submissions of 9,000 words or less, including notes, will be considered for the Italian issue; book reviews should be limited to no more than 1,000 words.


Manuscripts for the Hispanic Issue should be sent as electronic attachments to All Hispanic submissions MUST follow the 8th Ed. MLA Stylebook.

Due to a special edition of the journal, MLN Hispanic will not be accepting peninsular submissions for the 2021 edition.

Submissions must arrive by August 1 to be considered for inclusion in the following Hispanic Issue. Only submissions of 9,000 words or less will be considered for publication in the Hispanic Issue.


Manuscripts for the German Issue should be sent as electronic attachments to

Submissions must arrive by September 1 to be considered for inclusion in the following German Issue.


Manuscripts for the French Issue should be sent as electronic attachments to

Submissions must arrive by January 15 to be considered for inclusion in the following French Issue.


Manuscripts for the Comparative Literature Issue should be sent as electronic attachments to

Submissions must arrive by March 15 to be considered for inclusion in the Comparative Literature Issue.

The board of MLN Italian is delighted to announce that its 2021 issue will be devoted to the work of Elena Ferrante.

Guest Editors: Professors Tiziana De Rogatis, Stiliana Milkova, and Katrin Wehling Giorgi

Special MLN Italian 2021: Elena Ferrante in a Global Context

The global success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels has firmly established the author as one of the most powerful voices of contemporary World Literature. Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet interweaves an imaginary that is profoundly rooted in Italian – or more specifically, Neapolitan – culture, while also debating topics and issues of globalization as her female protagonists negotiate the tensions between local identity and national and transnational belonging. This special issue, Elena Ferrante in a Global Context, seeks to articulate and advance scholarly dialogues on how Ferrante interrogates a series of margins – relating to gender roles and feminine identity, topography, or language – that are of relevance on a global scale. This issue furthermore provides a platform for the intersection of a range of scholarly, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches that address issues including gendered urban spaces, female friendship, the negotiation of language and place, liminal cityscapes as well as the author’s reception and the HBO TV series My Brilliant Friend. In short, Elena Ferrante in a Global Context highlights and analyzes the international phenomenon of Elena Ferrante in its global contexts and interactions.

The issue opens with an essay by Tiziana de Rogatis which lends a theoretical framework for the entire issue, discussing elements and components of the relevance of Ferrante’s works in a global context and for the global novel. The remaining essays are organized in thematic/theoretical clusters: new epistemological categories for understanding and representing contemporary reality such as new materialism, posthumanism, and trans-corporeality; narrative forms of traumatic realism and the role of the city in constructing Ferrante’s feminine subjects; comparative analyses of Ferrante, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Alice Sebold, and Slavenka Drakulic; the reception of the Neapolitan Novels and their adaptation as an HBO TV series. 

Italian Issue Editors

Laura Di Bianco
Arielle Saiber
Bernadette Wegenstein

Hispanic Issue Editors

Sara Castro-Klarén
William Egginton
Eduardo González
Bécquer Seguín​
Harry Sieber (Emeritus)

German Issue Editors

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

French Issue Editors

Wilda Anderson
Daniel Desormeaux
Stephen G. Nichols
Elena Russo
Derek Schilling

Comparative Literature Issue Editors

Anne Eakin Moss
Yi-Ping Ong

Send books for review in the Italian, Hispanic, German and French issues to:

Editors, MLN
Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218

Send books for review in the Comparative Literature issue to:

Editors, MLN
Department of Comparative Thought and Literature
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218

Please send book review copies to the contacts above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

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