Over a century ago, Modern Language Notes (MLN) pioneered the introduction of contemporary continental criticism into American scholarship. Its reputation for high standards and excellent quality continue today. Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, MLN includes five issues each year: four issues on critical studies in the modern languages (Italian, Hispanic, German, French) and one issue on recent work in the field of comparative literature. The Department of Comparative Thought and Literature faculty serves as the editorial board of MLN’s Comparative Literature issue. Professor Leonardo Lisi is its executive editor.


Submissions for the MLN Comparative Literature issue are due March 15. Manuscripts should be submitted to mlncomplit@jhu.edu as attachments.

  • Supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your paper.
  • Preferred file format is Microsoft Word.
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 14,000 words including notes and work cited.
  • All articles and reviews should be double-spaced, including notes.
  • All notes must be endnote formatted.
  • Images may be submitted 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 submissions must follow the 8th Ed. MLA Stylebook and be print ready.
  • All authors of articles and notes will receive one bound copy of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The assignment of copyright from all authors is required.
  • All manuscripts should be original work.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission for unpublished or published material quoted in excess of fair use and for the reprinting of illustrations from unpublished or copyrighted material (for both print and electronic versions).

An online version of current issues, as well as a limited online archive of MLN is available through Project Muse.