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English Literature Scholarly Journal Reviews: L - M

Reviews of significant journals in the English Literature field, created by students in Dr. Lisa Ottum's ENGL 303 Literary Criticism course, Fall 2013.

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The Literature/Film Quarterly (LFQ) is a journal published by Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland and can be accessed electronically at Xavier University. Issues typically contain about eight different articles, including an editorial. Besides that, there are film and book reviews and formal essays. Founded in 1973, LFQ is the longest existing journal that focuses on the study of adaptation. Adaptation deals with how books and films are related and strategies that people use in making films from books. The journal includes articles that are about individual films as well as interviews with directors and other parts of the filmmaking team. In addition, the journal contains reviews of different films, especially those based on some previous literary work, and reviews of books that concern films and filmmaking.

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Modern Drama is the most prominent English language journal focused on dramatic literature. This journal focuses both on well-known, canonical dramatic texts and lesser-known texts from the past two centuries. It is not limited to particular drama sub-genres and represents a large span of perspectives from the world of dramatic literature. The journal has a large book review section and publishes articles that seek to enhance the understanding of plays, as well as articles that focus on the question of canonization in modern dramatic literature. Additionally, the world of theatrical performances as a whole are explored to some extent in order to track changing themes and trends. The topic of canonization of dramatic literature is one that has been discussed in many issues of this journal. Many times, professors of the university or mentors of the editorial staff that have died are remembered in a few pages at the beginning of a given issue.

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Novel: A Forum on Fiction is the official journal of the Society for Novel Studies and the leading journal in the field of prose fiction. The journal was established in 1967, in response to the “death of the novel” debate, which scholars discussed throughout the 20th century. The essays in Novel promote critical discourse on prose fiction and focus on the novel’s role in engaging and shaping the world. Duke University Press publishes this journal three times each year: once in the fall, spring, and summer.