Michigan Quarterly Review
Mich Q Rev
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Michigan Quarterly Review, founded in 1962, is the University of Michigan's flagship journal, publishing each season a collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and book reviews. Since 1979, when an issue on the subject of "The Moon Landing and Its Aftermath" appeared, one issue each year has been entirely devoted to a special theme. Some of MQR's most popular special issues are: "The Automobile and American Culture," "Detroit: An American City," "Contemporary American Fiction," "The Female Body," "The Male Body," and "Bridges to Cuba." In the last few years MQR has published nonfiction by Margaret Atwood, Carol Gilligan, Douglas Hofstadter, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Amos Oz, Richard Rorty, John Updike, William Julius Wilson, and other authorities in their fields, as well as some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry. "Contemporary" is the keyword in MQR's operating procedure. We seek and publish manuscripts that demonstrate an alert sense of living in the present historical moment. In part this is a matter of keeping an eye on current events, on the political, social, and cultural condition. But at the same time we publish commentary and creative writing on topics as diverse as the Gulf War, the environment, the recent trials of Nazi collaborators, and the increasing spirituality of contemporary physics, we also continually reassess the historical past in terms of our own changing attitudes and behaviors. Our special issue on "The Bible and Its Traditions," in which scholars trace how elements of scripture have influenced the public imagination in the twentieth century, is a work of "contemporary" commentary in the best sense. MQR is, as we like to say, "more than a literary magazine." Unlike most of the academy-based journals in this country which publish literary materials exclusively, MQR reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the University of Michigan, and publishes writings in a wide variety of research areas. It must be emphasized that authors in MQR use clear prose, free of jargon, to present their arguments. All writings in the journal are accessible to intellectual readers, however complex the topics they undertake. In the inaugural issue of MQR back in 1962 the first editor, Sheridan Baker, subtitled the journal "A Magazine of University Perspectives and General Intelligence," and commented, "If we can make the university universal, the intellect amiable, and the magazine readable, we shall rest content." It remains the goal of MQR to forge a strong relationship between the best writers and the most demanding audience in our society. Because the journal has been able to attract such excellent writers, and because its contents are so often reprinted in prize anthologies, textbooks, magazines such as Harper's and The Utne Reader, as well as coursepacks, we believe that MQR fulfills in each issue the hopes of its founder and the expectations of its loyal readers.
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