Posts Categorized: Feature

2014 Presidential Forum Published in Profession

Presentations from the Presidential Forum at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention have now been published in Profession. Focused on the theme “Vulnerable Times,” the essays by Ariella Azoulay, Judith Butler, David L. Eng, Rob Nixon, and Diana Taylor acknowledge vulnerabilities (environmental, political, economic) and assert the possibility for resistance that stems from them. As Marianne… Read more »

MLA Supports Academic Freedom in South Carolina Institutions

The MLA joined several other organizations in signing a letter criticizing the South Carolina legislature, which defunded programs at the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, Upstate, because it objected to assigned reading. The letter states that “penalizing state educational institutions financially simply because members of the legislature disapprove of specific elements… Read more »

New Guidelines on Letters of Recommendation

MLA President Margaret Ferguson and the Executive Council have released new guidelines for writers, readers, and requesters of letters of recommendation. Shaped by comments received from MLA members during a comment period on MLA Commons, the guidelines urge job seekers and letter writers to communicate early about deadlines, necessary background materials, and the logistics of… Read more »

Submit Convention Program Forms by 1 April

If you’re planning a session for the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver, to be held 8–11 January, please visit the MLA Web site to access forms for submitting program copy and for proposing sessions. The deadline for all forms is 1 April. Special-session proposals and nonguaranteed-session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee… Read more »

Help Shape Cultural Excursions for the 2015 Convention

Are you interested in participating in MLA-sponsored excursions during the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver? If so, let us know which of these categories of excursions would appeal to you: art galleries or museums, libraries, science or natural history museums, food and wine tastings, architecture tours. Post your preferences by using the Leave a… Read more »

PMLA Special Topic: Literature in the World

MLA members are invited to submit essays on literature in a diverse and multilingual world for a special issue of PMLA. The issue will seek to provide a critical reflection on the diversity of both dominant and less-taught languages and of their spheres of use, to engage with the vernacular and the indigenous as critical… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches to Teaching Volume

The volumes Approaches to Teaching the Works of David Foster Wallace, edited by Stephen J. Burn and Mary K. Hol­land; Approaches to Teaching Emerson’s Essays and Other Works, edited by Mark C. Long and Sean Ross Meehan; and Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty, edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger, are… Read more »

The Digital Ælfric Awarded CSE Seal

On 3 March 2014, the Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) awarded the CSE seal to The Digital Ælfric, edited by Aaron Kleist. The volume will be published by Scholarly Digital Editions, Boydell and Brewer. The CSE serves as a clearinghouse for information about scholarly editing and editorial projects, offers advice and consultation to editors on… Read more »

Competing for 2014 Publication Prizes

The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s publication awards. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize, which has a 1 March deadline, there are seven annual and sixteen biennial MLA prizes that honor outstanding work in languages, literatures, and interdisciplinary studies and in specific genres… Read more »

Spring Newsletter Now Online

Members can now read the Spring Newsletter for election results, winners of MLA prizes, Margaret W. Ferguson’s president’s column on humanities education as a public—and common—good, and Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column on controversies at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention. To comment on the columns, visit the From the President and From the Executive Director blogs.