Posts Categorized: Feature

Submissions Invited for Literary Studies in the Digital Age

The editors of Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology (published by the MLA in 2013) invite your participation in expanding this living collection and charting new directions in the field of digital literary studies. Please visit http://mla.hcommons.org/groups/dls-anthology/announcements/ to read instructions on submitting an essay, to comment on the present volume, and to make suggestions for future… Read more »

Upcoming MLA Prize Competitions

The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s publication awards. There are eleven awards with a 1 May deadline, including the MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project and the MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. Information on all of the MLA… Read more »

Two Volumes in Development on MLA Commons

The MLA’s office of scholarly communication is exploring a new mode of book development using the MLA Commons platform and is excited to announce two new volumes in progress: Teaching Modern British and American Satire, edited by Evan Davis and Nicholas D. Nace, is in development in the MLA Options for Teaching series. Visit the group Teaching Modern British and American… Read more »

Grant Awarded for the Development of Humanities CORE

The MLA and Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $60,000 start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin development of Humanities Commons Open Repository Exchange, or Humanities CORE. Humanities CORE will connect a library-quality repository for sharing, discovering,… Read more »

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 »