Posts Categorized: Feature

2022 Presidential Theme: Multilingual US

Barbara Fuchs, the 2021–22 president of the MLA, has chosen Multilingual US as the presidential theme for the 2022 MLA Annual Conven­tion in Washington, DC. The MLA can play a crucial role in imagining and supporting a linguistically diverse commons, to make language a tool of inclusion rather than exclusion. For those who care about… Read more »

ADE and ADFL Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Stacey Lee Donohue, who will receive the Association of Departments of English’s Francis Andrew March Award, and to Pauline R. Yu, who will receive the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. Donohue, a professor of English at Central Oregon Community College, has served as president of… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on the Works of Benito Pérez Galdós

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Benito Pérez Galdós, edited by Liana Ewald, David George, and Wan Tang, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. Instructors who have taught Galdós’s works are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about… Read more »

Theodore Ziolkowski, Former President of the MLA, 1932–2020

The MLA mourns the passing of Theodore Ziolkowski, former president of the MLA and Class of 1900 Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Ziolkowski was a renowned Germanist and comparatist, a prolific author, a musician, and an athlete. He was born into a multilingual family in Alabama in 1932 and exhibited precocious… Read more »

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 »