Posts Categorized: Feature

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for two new Options for Teaching volumes in development: Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context, edited by Gloria E. Chacón and Mónica Albizúrez, and Teaching Comic Texts, edited by Bev Hogue.

Upcoming Deadlines for MLA Publication Prizes

The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s publication awards. The James Russell Lowell Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book have a 1 March deadline, and there are three prizes with a 1 April deadline. Information on all the annual and biennial MLA prizes, their deadlines,… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on Teaching Dickinson’s Poetry

The volume Approaches to Teaching Dickinson’s Poetry, second edition, edited by Martha Nell Smith, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught these works are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at… Read more »

2020 Presidential Theme: Being Human

Simon Gikandi, the 2019–20 president of the MLA, has chosen Being Human as the presidential theme for the 2020 MLA Annual Conven­tion in Seattle. The theme invites members to reflect on the role of literature and language in defining the nature of the human in the face of what appears to be its diminishment and… Read more »

MLA Awarded Million-Dollar Mellon Grant to Support Teaching at Community Colleges

The MLA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of one million dollars by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen the teaching of English at access-oriented institutions (AOIs). Between 2019 and 2021, the association will organize nine regional summer institutes for those who teach at AOIs and those who would… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2018 NEH Grants

Congratulations to the twenty-two MLA members who are among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities grants announced in December 2018. The projects recognized include a book-length study on how United States technology companies and the Chinese government are changing global relationships and a project to digitize the archives of the Bethel Literary and… Read more »

Suggesting Members for Committee Appointments

In February 2019 the Executive Council will make appointments to seventeen standing committees of the association. These committees and the outgoing committee members will be listed on the committee suggestion page through 4 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 »

Winners of New MLA Grant Programs Announced

The MLA launched two new grant programs in 2018 to promote innovative teaching projects and enhance career development opportunities for part-time faculty members. Both grants are funded by the MLA fund-raising campaign Paving the Way: For the Future. MLA Humanities Innovation Course Development Grant The winning projects include an undergraduate general education course that draws… Read more »

MLA Members Named National Humanities Center Residential Fellows

Among this year’s National Humanities Center Fellows are three members of the Modern Language Association. Each fellow will work on individual research and benefit from the center’s seminars, lectures, and resources. The MLA commends them for their contribution to humanistic scholarship. Hurford Family Fellowship Gretchen Murphy, University of Texas, Austin Field of study: English language… Read more »

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Teaching and Studying Transnational Composition, edited by Christiane Donahue and Bruce Horner. Proposals must be submitted to the editors by 31 December 2018. You are also invited to submit essay proposals for a new volume in development in the Options for… Read more »