Topic: Modern Language Association

Mugging Melville

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One of the speakers at this year’s Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting brought up a fascinating quote by William Wordsworth that may well be an indictment of the annual conclave of English professors: “To dissect…

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Getting to Know Goethe

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Occasionally you can actually learn about classic authors at the Modern Language Association (MLA). Attended by thousands of English professors from around the world, too often the MLA emphasizes the “Modern” part of their acronym…

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Aging at the MLA

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One way in which the world’s largest conclave of English professors—the Modern Language Association (MLA)—lives up to its name is to leave attendees at its annual conferences with a new vocabulary that they cannot shake….

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