MLAde Is Back -- Now on Twitter

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Now annual parody of Modern Language Association -- like the group itself -- switches formats and focuses on job woes.

Economic Literary Realities

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Crisis today should lead to reevaluation of some works about previous downturns, and a renewed focus on financial issues in literature, scholars argue.

What Direction for Rhet-Comp?

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Has field become too enamored of theory or "agency" or new media or writing about writing -- as opposed to its roots? Has "drive-by Foucault" replaced political and philosophical thought?

Economics and the MLA

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Language professors call for all faculty members, including part-timers, to be eligible for tenure and to receive "a living wage." Association avoids vote on Ward Churchill.

MLA Meeting That 'Never Was Nor Will Be'

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The "MLA 2010 Mankini" is one of the creations for the Modern Language Association meeting that "never was nor will be."

The association's December 2009 meeting was the last one to be held between Christmas and New Year's Day. The MLA doesn't reconvene until January 2011 in Los Angeles, leaving 2010 as the year without an MLA meeting. Horrors!

Some unknown scholars have created an MLA 2010 Web page that clearly differentiates it from most of those at the real meetings with these three bullets:

Small Grants, Lots of Goodwill

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U. of South Carolina's top two administrators, from engineering and public health, start program to offer funds to playwrights, musicians, big dreamers.

State of Humanities Departments

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Major study documents reliance on those off the tenure track, the favorable ratios of tenure decisions, the dominance of publications in those decisions, the popularity of minors and majors, and more.

Teaching the Writing Teachers

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Is it time for a new approach to the master's programs that produce the instructors who teach community college composition?

When Writing Class Moves Online

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Composition association finds that colleges are just beginning to consider implications of shifting key part of the curriculum away from face-to-face instruction.

Disrespecting Whom?

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Haki Madhubuti is by all accounts a key player in modern black literature -- a poet, novelist and essayist whose own works are part of the canon of African American studies. As the founder, in 1967, of the Third World Press, he was publishing people like Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka and Mari Evans in an era when establishment publishers were rarely open to such voices.


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