Posts Categorized: Feature

MLA Bibliography Expands Its Online Course Offerings

In January 2018, the MLA International Bibliography launches four new subject area modules to accompany its online course Understanding the MLA International Bibliography. Each module will focus on searching the bibliography for scholarly publications in one of four disciplines: folklore, linguistics, film (including television, video, and other broadcast media), and rhetoric and composition. Students who… Read more »

Competing for 2018 Publication Prizes

The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s 2018 publication awards. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book, which have a 1 March deadline, eleven annual and fourteen biennial MLA prizes honor outstanding work in languages, literatures, interdisciplinary… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2017 NEH Awards

Congratulations to the twenty-two MLA members among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities awards announced in December 2017. The projects recognized include a study of collaborative authorship in early African American and Native American literature, the revitalization of a database on eighteenth-century theater and popular culture in London, an oral history program for… Read more »

2019 Presidential Theme: Textual Transactions

Anne Gere, the 2018–19 president of the MLA, has chosen Textual Transactions as the presidential theme for the 2019 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. Textual transactions are the mutually constitutive engagements of human beings, texts, and their contexts. Transactions are more than mere interactions, in which separate entities act on one another without being changed at… Read more »

Honoring MLA Bibliography Fellows

The MLA International Bibliography congratulates the 2017 Fellowship Award recipients: Joshua E. Finnell, head of research and instruction, associate professor, Colgate​ University Marla Harris, independent scholar Michael F. Winter, humanities librarian, University of California, Davis The fellows, who have contributed to the bibliography from 2014 to 2017, will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment and a check… Read more »

Help Shape Literary Studies in the Digital Age Anthology

A new draft essay has been selected for open review in Literary Studies in the Digital Age, the MLA’s first born-digital, publicly available anthology. The anthology’s editors invite you to comment on Jojo Karlin’s “Our Digital Literary Legacy: Producing and Preserving Digital Dissertations in English.” They may then ask the author to review the piece in… Read more »

Suggesting Members for Committee Appointments

In February 2018 the Executive Council will make appointments to sixteen standing committees of the association. These committees and the outgoing committee members will be listed on the committee suggestion page through 7 February, the deadline for making a suggestion. To suggest yourself or another member of the association for a committee, respond to the three… Read more »

Help Feed Students Affected by Hurricane Maria

If you want to help students in Puerto Rico who have been affected by the recent hurricane, Ricia Chansky, an MLA member, encourages you to send food donations to Come Colegial, a group feeding over 1,100 students at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Come Colegial welcomes donations of all nonperishable food items, including rice,… Read more »

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Receives Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award

The MLA is pleased to announce that Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, will receive the eighth MLA Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. The Executive Council selected Spivak for the award on the recommendation of the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Review… Read more »

MLA Issues Statement on Content Warnings

The Executive Council has issued a statement on the use of content warnings as a matter of pedagogical accessibility and professional ethics. The MLA observes that advance warnings about the nature of classroom material should not serve the purpose of avoiding challenging or controversial content. Instead, used at the discretion of the instructor, warnings should… Read more »