Posts Categorized: Feature

Louis Kampf, Former President of the MLA, 1929–2020

The Modern Language Association mourns the passing of former MLA president Louis Kampf, distinguished professor emeritus of comparative literature and gender and women’s studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kampf is the author of On Modernism: The Prospects for Literature and Freedom (1967) and the coeditor, with Paul Lauter, of The Politics of… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2020 Guggenheim Fellowships

Congratulations to the seven MLA members among the winners of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships announced in April 2020. The projects recognized include storytelling in a transmedia era, the history and theory of “sexual aim,” and the making and use over centuries of early modern fiction. Fellowships Guillermina De Ferrari, University of Wisconsin, Madison Field… Read more »

MLA Task Force on Ethical Conduct in Graduate Education Releases New Report

In a newly published report, the MLA Task Force on Ethical Conduct in Graduate Education calls on administrators, departments, and faculty members to embrace “student-centered graduate education informed by an ethics of care.” The report, which emerged out of a 2018 survey of MLA members conducted by the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee and subsequent discussions… Read more »

Update on the 2021 Convention

Although the 2021 convention will be shaped by the current crisis and may look different from what we anticipated, we are looking forward to the opportunity to bring MLA members together again in January and are working toward this goal. Many members have already submitted session proposals, which the Program Committee will review in May…. Read more »

Suggestions Invited for PMLA Editor

The MLA is seeking a new editor of its flagship journal, PMLA. The term of the current editor, Wai Chee Dimock, ends in June 2021, and the new editor’s term, a three-year appointment, would begin 1 July 2021. Responsibilities include reviewing submissions, leading meetings of the editorial board, writing an editor’s column and selecting the… Read more »

Contribute to New MLA Volumes

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Sean Heuston, is now in development in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Lit­erature series. Instructors who have taught this work are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at the end of… Read more »

MLA Launches Matching Challenge to Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grants

To fund emergency grants for part-time faculty members who’ve been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLA has launched its first ever matching gift challenge. The MLA Executive Council, former MLA presidents, and the Teagle Foundation have pledged to match up to $10,0000 in contributions to the Paving the Way fund to underwrite the… Read more »