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MLN pioneered the introduction of contemporary continental criticism into American scholarship. Critical studies in the modern languages (Italian, Hispanic, German, French) and recent work in comparative literature are the basis for the articles and notes in MLN. The journal publishes four single-language issues and one comparative literature issue.
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