Posts Categorized: Feature

MLA Opposes Cuts to Academic Programs in Wisconsin

The MLA and twenty-two other scholarly associations have issued a joint statement urging the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, administration to reconsider proposals to eliminate key humanities and social science majors. These programs are critical to preparing students for the full range of careers they are likely to experience in their working lifetimes. We encourage… Read more »

New MLA Report Documents Trends in Language Study

The results of the MLA’s latest census of language course enrollments in colleges and universities in the United States are now available in a preliminary report on the MLA Web site. According to Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Summer 2016 and Fall 2016: Preliminary Report, aggregated fall… Read more »

Apply for an MLA Bibliography Fellowship by 1 April

The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit citations and indexing information for inclusion in the bibliography. Open to scholars of any level of seniority who are MLA members, the 2018 fellowships will run from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. The MLA provides materials and… Read more »

MLA Bibliography Expands Its Online Course Offerings

In January 2018, the MLA International Bibliography launches four new subject area modules to accompany its online course Understanding the MLA International Bibliography. Each module will focus on searching the bibliography for scholarly publications in one of four disciplines: folklore, linguistics, film (including television, video, and other broadcast media), and rhetoric and composition. Students who… Read more »

Competing for 2018 Publication Prizes

The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s 2018 publication awards. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book, which have a 1 March deadline, eleven annual and fourteen biennial MLA prizes honor outstanding work in languages, literatures, interdisciplinary… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2017 NEH Awards

Congratulations to the twenty-two MLA members among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities awards announced in December 2017. The projects recognized include a study of collaborative authorship in early African American and Native American literature, the revitalization of a database on eighteenth-century theater and popular culture in London, an oral history program for… Read more »

2019 Presidential Theme: Textual Transactions

Anne Gere, the 2018–19 president of the MLA, has chosen Textual Transactions as the presidential theme for the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. Textual transactions are the mutually constitutive engagements of human beings, texts, and their contexts. Transactions are more than mere interactions, in which separate entities act on one another without being changed at… Read more »

Honoring MLA Bibliography Fellows

The MLA International Bibliography congratulates the 2017 Fellowship Award recipients: Joshua E. Finnell, head of research and instruction, associate professor, Colgate​ University Marla Harris, independent scholar Michael F. Winter, humanities librarian, University of California, Davis The fellows, who have contributed to the bibliography from 2014 to 2017, will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment and a check… Read more »

Help Shape Literary Studies in the Digital Age Anthology

A new draft essay has been selected for open review in Literary Studies in the Digital Age, the MLA’s first born-digital, publicly available anthology. The anthology’s editors invite you to comment on Jojo Karlin’s “Our Digital Literary Legacy: Producing and Preserving Digital Dissertations in English.” They may then ask the author to review the piece in… Read more »

Suggesting Members for Committee Appointments

In February 2018 the Executive Council will make appointments to sixteen standing committees of the association. These committees and the outgoing committee members will be listed on the committee suggestion page through 7 February, the deadline for making a suggestion. To suggest yourself or another member of the association for a committee, respond to the three… Read more »