The editors and editorial board of MLQ invite submissions of topical, short-form essays on literary history and the crises, clarities, and opportunities of the present moment for an ongoing special series, “Present Tense: Literary History in Our Time.”

The series’ scope is open-ended: literary history is construed broadly in accord with journal tradition; crises, clarities, and opportunities can point to the precariousness or promise (or both) of our collective now. We are keen to solicit commentary from scholars representing a variety of career stages and institutional affiliations and to incorporate perspectives on teaching and other aspects of professional life that are not normally considered in published literary research. Topics under discussion might include literary history in conjunction with

This list is partial and variable; the direction of the series will follow largely from submissions. Essays for consideration should be 3,000 to 5,000 words in length. Email for submissions and questions:...

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