To commemorate the liberal Modern Language Association (MLA) conference, here is a summary in the form of 13 tweets! Enjoy! 1. The elevators took too long to get people places! Even if stairs are within…
English and Language Professors Wonder About Falling Enrollment for Their Classes
English and language professors wondered how to increase enrollment in face of plunging enrollment.
Trapped by Modern Language
Every year we hit the road to find out what English Departments are up to at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention and always come back depressed. A look at some of the panels we…
Language of the Presidential Election
Obama may have won a second term in November, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is 100% satisfied and that includes the members of the Modern Language Association.
Language of the Occupy Movement
At the recent Modern Language Association convention Keith Spencer from Carnegie Mellon University presented his paper “Class, Race and the ‘Common Man’: Interviews with Occupy Pittsburgh” and the results shouldn’t come as a shock to conservatives or anyone else who closely watched the Occupy movement.
Moderns Dwarfed By Dickens
When you compare the masters to modern-day writers, the latter inevitably suffer. Maybe they should, figuratively that is.
Postmodern Prof Whistles Dixie
From the people who like to paint critics of higher education as anti-intellectual comes a new tome that shows how cerebral the pursuits of the academic publishing world are.
Modern Language Association (MLA) professors attempted to answer questions about style and meaning by drawing upon postmodern academics, one of whom belongs to the radical “naturalist” Brights movement.
Thoroughly Modern MLA
In a way, the largest collection of English professors in the country—the Modern Language Association (MLA)—is true to at least the first part of its name. What many laymen think of as the classics—British literature up to the 20th Century—is the focus of about one-tenth of the hundreds of panel discussions at the MLA annual meeting.
The Marxist Language Association
Current college classrooms resemble old-fashioned communist party cell meetings for a very good reason: They are run by the same type of people, no matter how cutting edge their output looks.