Posts Categorized: MLA in the News

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 Awarded Million-Dollar Mellon Grant to Support Teaching at Community Colleges

The MLA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of one million dollars by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen the teaching of English at access-oriented institutions (AOIs). Between 2019 and 2021, the association will organize nine regional summer institutes for those who teach at AOIs and those who would… Read more »

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Strategies and Perspectives on Social Justice Work, edited by Neal A. Lester. The essays in this volume will tease back the layers of what constitutes social justice theory and praxis and offer perspectives that reveal the many ways allies and supporters… Read more »

MLA Staff Members Lobby for the Humanities on Capitol Hill

As part of its mission, the MLA regularly advocates for federal funding for the humanities in cooperation with other leaders in higher education. On 9 March 2017, the MLA’s director of programs, Dennis Looney, attended a series of meetings on Capitol Hill organized by the Coalition of International Education (CIE). Looney joined a group of… Read more »

In Memory of Robert Scholes, 1929–2016

The Modern Language Association mourns the passing of Robert Scholes, former MLA president and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at Brown University. A founder of Brown’s semiotics program, now the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Scholes was a leading figure in the fields of semiotics and structuralism. In 1966, he and… Read more »

Michael Holquist, Former President of the MLA, 1935–2016

The MLA mourns the recent passing of Michael Holquist, who was president of the MLA in 2007. An accomplished scholar, translator, and editor, Holquist published on a range of subjects from utopian fiction to Dostoevsky but was perhaps best known for his scholarship on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin.  After tenures in the Slavic departments… Read more »

New Handbook Launches

The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, which debuted at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, has received praise for its more streamlined approach to documentation. Created for a digital era in which publications migrate fluidly among different media, the new MLA style emphasizes the elements common to most works instead… Read more »

Stephen Greenblatt, Former President of the MLA, Receives Holberg Prize

The MLA congratulates Stephen Greenblatt, past president of the association and John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, on being awarded the 2016 Holberg Prize—the largest international prize awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, social science, law, and theology. In awarding the prize to Greenblatt, Pratap Bhanu… Read more »

MLA Projects Cited in Article about New NEH Initiative

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has just launched Next Generation Humanities PhD Grants, a project that will support institutions in preparing students for careers outside the academy. Planning grants and implementation grants will enable institutions “to transform doctoral-level humanities preparation,” according to an article in Inside Higher Ed. MLA Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal… Read more »