Monthly Archives: March 2015

PMLA Special Topic: Cultures of Reading

Literary studies has a long-standing commitment to ideals of close and critical reading. As the scope of our discipline has broadened, however, so has our conception of what reading entails. A new readiness to explore the physical, temporal, and spatial modalities of reading has led scholars to scrutinize the material conditions of this activity at… Read more »

John H. Fisher, Former President of the MLA, 1919–2015

John Hurt Fisher, who served as president of the MLA in 1974 and as the association’s executive secretary and the editor of PMLA from 1963 to 1971, died on 17 February. An accomplished teacher, scholar, and administrator, he wrote many books and articles on English medieval literature and cofounded the New Chaucer Society. His teaching… Read more »