Posts Categorized: Feature

Remembering Doug Steward, Director of the Association of Departments of English

Doug Steward, associate director of programs and director of the Association of Departments of English (ADE), died suddenly on 5 November, at the age of fifty. Doug had been central to the ADE since 2003, and he became director in 2017. He did extensive work in support of English departments, graduate students, and, in particular,… Read more »

MLA Bibliography Honors Fellows

The MLA International Bibliography congratulates the 2020 Fellowship Award recipients: Brian Flota, humanities librarian, James Madison University Carmela Mattza, associate professor of Spanish, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Amanda L. Watson, librarian for English and comparative literature, New York University The fellows, who have contributed to the bibliography from 2017 to 2020, will be awarded… Read more »

MLA Executive Council Statements on COVID-19 and Higher Education

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, higher education faces unprecedented challenges, with significant consequences for institutions, faculty members, and students. In its statements about the pandemic, the MLA Executive Council has appealed to institutional leaders to uphold their central mission and support faculty members, staff members, and students in their vital work… Read more »

New Resource for Teaching Literary Research with the MLA Bibliography

The MLA has just released “Literary Topics,” the fifth subject-area module for use in conjunction with our free teaching resource Understanding the MLA International Bibliography: An Online Course. The other four subject modules are “Film, Television, and Radio,” “Folklore,” “Linguistics,” and “Rhetoric and Composition.” The subject modules build on the general database search skills taught… Read more »

Growing Humanities Commons

Launched in 2016 as an expansion of MLA Commons, the Humanities Commons platform now serves more than 20,000 users who can share their work, create sites, and connect with scholars around the world. To support the continued growth of the network, hosting of Humanities Commons will be moving from the MLA to Michigan State University,… Read more »

Florence Howe, Former President of the MLA, 1929–2020

The MLA mourns the passing of former MLA president Florence Howe. A pioneering scholar of feminism, Howe began her career in the 1950s and carved out a space for the discipline of women’s studies at a time when academia was overwhelmingly dominated by men. In 1970, she cofounded Feminist Press with her husband, Paul Lauter…. Read more »

Results of 2020 Ratification Vote

Voting on the 2020 ratification ballot concluded at midnight (EDT) on 7 August. Members ratified the election of Kamau Brathwaite, Amit Chaudhuri, Richard Flanagan, Susan Howe, M. NourbeSe Philip, Lev Rubinstein, and Luis Valdez to honorary fellowship in the association. Support for the candidates ranged from 84% to 90% of the members who voted in… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on the Works of Jorge Luis Borges

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Jorge Luis Borges, edited by José Eduardo González, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught Borges’s works are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is… Read more »

2020 MLA Bibliography Fellows

The Modern Language Association congratulates the 2020 MLA Bibliography fellows who will serve from 2020 to 2023. The MLA International Bibliography staff members work with approximately one hundred field bibliographers, from all parts of the world, who cover subject areas, journals, and languages that cannot be indexed in the New York office. Each spring, five… Read more »

Mario J. Valdés, Former President of the MLA, 1934–2020

The MLA is deeply saddened by the passing of Mario J. Valdés, former president of the MLA and director of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Valdés was a distinguished scholar, colleague, and leader whose ambitious and wide-ranging contributions to the study of literature are recognized as landmarks of comparative literary… Read more »