Posts Categorized: Feature

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 »

Help Shape PMLA

Special features are clusters of essays on a topic of wide interest that appear under the rubrics Theories and Methodologies, which addresses a timely issue or recent work of scholarship, and The Changing Profession, which takes up new and emerging fields in the humanities.  Under new procedures, each fall members will be invited to submit… 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 »

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 »