Posts Categorized: Feature

MLA Members Receive 2019 NEH Grants

Congratulations to the nine MLA members who are among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities grants announced in August 2019. Their projects include a scholarly edition of Charles W. Chesnutt’s stories; a five-day institute for using digital methods to research digital culture; and a symposium on James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney. Scholarly Editions… Read more »

MLA Members Win MacArthur Fellowships

We are pleased to announce that three MLA members are among the 2019 Fellows honored by the MacArthur Foundation. Congratulations to the following: Saidiya Hartman, literary scholar and cultural historian Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Jeffrey Alan Miller, literary scholar Department of English, Montclair State University Emily Wilson, classicist and translator Department… Read more »

MLA Teaching Institutes on Reading and Writing at Access-Oriented Institutions

The first two MLA Teaching Institutes—aimed at strengthening the teaching of English at access-oriented institutions—were offered this summer in Seattle and Amherst. The institutes are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This year’s thirty-two participants, a mix of faculty members at access-oriented institutions and advanced doctoral students at regional universities, received $2,500 stipends to… Read more »

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Earlier this year, the Delegate Assembly forwarded a proposal for a constitutional amendment to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The amendment establishes a 1 September deadline for the submission of motions and creates a new category of emergency motions. The next step in the amendment process is for the Delegate Assembly to consider… Read more »

Comment on a Proposed Delegate Assembly Resolution

A resolution has been proposed for consideration by the 2020 Delegate Assembly. Members are invited to share their thoughts on both the wording and the substance of the resolution with the members of the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee and the Executive Council. Comments on the resolution will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on 15 October…. Read more »

MLA Members Receive NCTE Leadership Awards

The Modern Language Association congratulates two MLA members who are among the winners of the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English Leadership Awards. The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of literacy, to the field of education, or to the NCTE. James R. Squire Award Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University This award is… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The volume Approaches to Teaching Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, edited by Lynn Domina, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught this work are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on Stoker’s Dracula

The volume Approaches to Teaching Stoker’s Dracula, edited by William Thomas McBride, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught this work are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end… Read more »

Founders of Cave Canem Receive Phyllis Franklin Award

The seventh Phyllis Franklin Award for Public Advocacy of the Humanities will be presented to Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, cofounders of Cave Canem, at the MLA Annual Convention in Seattle. MLA President Simon Gikandi will present the award during the MLA Awards Ceremony on 11 January 2020 in recognition of Cave Canem, a national… Read more »

Contribute to a New MLA Volume on English Departments outside the Anglosphere

You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, The Global English Department, edited by Ashley Squires and Myles Chilton. This volume will explore the structure and role of English departments outside the Anglosphere and will address issues such as identity, disciplinarity, curricula, and pedagogy. Proposals must be submitted to… Read more »