Issue 4.2


“Wake up in Moloch!”

 Representations of Modernity in Literature and Art


Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014

The fin-de-siècle modernization of every aspect of life swept through Western Europe as a seemingly benign Enlightenment, but expanded into most other parts of the world in much more conspicuously violent forms. Almost a century later, the minds of the literati are still preoccupied not only by the nature, impact, and consequences of modernity, but also by the discontents and displeasures that it has generated. Modernity has been represented through several opposing theoretical and ideological lenses, in numerous forms, and across a vast array of genres that include literature, film, history, biography, newspapers, magazines, and travelogues. Understandings and representations of modernity vary depending on historical moments and geographical regions. The transition into the modern mode of life has been hailed by some as the emergence of a futuristic utopia, yet loathed by others as a dark soulless wasteland, ruled by the myth of the machine and maintained at the expense of colonizing Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.   

We invite papers that engage with representations of modernity in any of these forms and through any of the approaches mentioned above. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

--Postmodernism as Romanticism

--Mysticism without Religion

--Romantics outside Europe

--Psychoanalysis and Enlightenment (The Frankfurt School)

--Phantasy as revolt

--Capitalism and the Crisis of the New Left

--“The Third Way” as a post-colonial concept  

--Orientalism Vs. Nativism

--Self-seeking in the Irrational and the Decadent

--Progress in Degeneration

Inquire accepts submissions by graduate students only. Submissions must be in line with the current call for papers. All submissions should meet the following guidelines:

  • Be original works that have not been submitted elsewhere
  • Be complete articles in English, 5,000-7,000 words (including a “Works Cited” list and endnotes),
  • Follow the MLA style: 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced
  • Include a separate cover sheet with the name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography (max 60 words) of the author


Please send inquiries and submissions to [email protected] and check our website for updates and information:

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2014


Submission Guidelines

Inquire accepts article submissions by graduate students relevant to the current call for papers. All submissions must meet the following guidelines: original work not submitted elsewhere, complete articles in English, 5,000-7,000 words (including works cited list and endnotes), MLA formatting, 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, justified. Please include a separate cover sheet with name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short biography (max 60 words). Send inquiries and submissions to [email protected].


Peer Review

Inquire responds to all inquiries and acknowledges all submissions within two weeks. Submissions accepted for review are read anonymously by two peer reviewers. The author receives two reviews, additional comments from the editor and an editorial decision. Inquire provides respectful, informed and constructive feedback to all authors regardless of the editorial decision. The review process begins immediately following the submission deadline and takes ~4-8 weeks. Publication follows approximately four months after the call for papers deadline. If you are interested in joining Inquire as a peer-review reader, write to [email protected].


New Trans

‘New Trans’ is intended to promote and encourage the creation and dissemination of literary works not originally in English through the publication of accompanying English translations done by graduate students. Inquire will publish previously unpublished English translations of poetry, drama or prose, complete or in part, that have not previously been translated or that are in need of a new version. 

Generally, submissions should not exceed 5,000 words. All submissions accepted for further review will be peer-reviewed. It is recommended that translators provide a one-page description of the relevance or importance of the work under translation with the initial submission. In some cases, a copy of the original text may be necessary. 

Note: It is the responsibility of the translator to ensure that copyright permission is attained, as necessary.

If you are interested in contributing a translation to an upcoming issue, write to [email protected] for further details, indicating in the subject line the purpose of your email.



Issue 4.2 (November 2015) is published!

“Wake up in Moloch!”: Representations of Modernity in Literature and Art

Inquire 4.2 Call for Papers is Out!

Please visit our Submissions section to view the Call for Papers for Issue 4.2

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