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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Modern Languages Open (MLO) is “a platform for the open access dissemination of peer-reviewed scholarship from across the modern languages to a global audience. Current sections are: Chinese/Asian Languages; French & Francophone; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian; Portuguese & Lusophone; Russian & Eastern European Studies.” The journal began in 2014 with a host of manuscripts, including the Commentary, “In defence of Modern Languages,” and the articles, “Reading Intermediality: Lorca’s Viaje a la luna (“Journey to the Moon,” 1929) and Un chien andalou (Buñuel/Dalí, 1929),” “A Tale of Two Empires? The Earl's Court Spanish Exhibition (1889),” “‘That women’s writing thing you do’: Reflections on Early-Career Decision Making,” “Introduction: New UK Research in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature,” “Topographic Transmissions and How To Talk About Them: The Case of the Southern Spa in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction,” “Dostoevsky and the Politics of Parturition,” “The Image of the Jesuit in Russian Literary Culture of the Nineteenth Century,” and “Decadent Perfume: Under the Skin and Through the Page.” These are scholarly, well-written pieces. There have been very few manuscripts published since the launch issue. In the four other archived issues only eight articles appeared. They are good quality, but one wishes for more. And curiously, the 2015 archive holds an entire 6 chapter e-book: Cultures of Anyone: Studies on Cultural Democratization in the Spanish Neoliberal Crisis, by Luis Moreno-Caballud.
There may be a resurgence of production in this title, however, for the April 2016 issue holds the four articles, “History and the Popular: Rewriting National Origins at the Argentine Bicentenary,” “Edible Encounters and the Formation of Self in Baltasar Lopes' Chiquinho and Paulina Chiziane's Niketche: uma história de poligamia,” “Dealing with Don Juan’s Legacy: Rebellion and Inheritance in Lídia Jorge’s O vale da paixão,” and “’Let me go back and recreate what I don’t know’: Locating Trans-national Memory Work in Contemporary Narrative.” These, too, are excellent scholarly contributions.
With its distinguished international, multilingual editorial team it’s to be hoped this excellent open access humanities journal will grow and thrive. It’s definitely one of which you’ll want to make your researchers aware.