Literature, Language and Culture
The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) is a non-profit organization of teachers and scholars of literature, language, and culture. A regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association, the MMLA provides a forum for disseminating scholarship and improving teaching in the fields of literary and cultural criticism. Loyola University Chicago supports the mission of the MMLA by serving as its institutional host.
2017 MMLA Conference
“Artists and Activists”
November 9-12, 2017
2016 Program Book, revised after the conference for the MMLA Conference
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2016 MMLA Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
November 10-13, 2016
Thank you to everyone for making this year's conference so successful and engaging! We look forward to next year already.
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Graduate Student Paper Prize
The MMLA is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of the MMLA Graduate Student Paper Prize, Lydia Craig of Loyola University Chicago. This year's selection committee was excited to review a wide range of excellent scholarship, but was particularly impressed by Ms. Craig's analysis of material culture and her paper's participation in recent turns to consider the history of the book, parataxts, and the act of reading. Ms. Craig's essay, "The Juvenile and the Erudite: A Study of Marginalia in Newberry Case Y 12.T219" offers a thoughtful interpretation of human interactions with texts physically as well as intellectually, therefore exploring how the body mediates between the mind and the page in meaningful ways, including the construction of marginalia and even childhood scribblings. Congratulations to Lydia Craig on her award!
Travel Scholarship Award Winners
Sarah Bonnie, University of Maryland
Olivia Wenjia Chen, Washington University St. Louis
Diana Dabek, University of Miami
Adam Fagin, University of Denver
Jamila Kavecanska Sawicka, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Each Fall issue of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association will be devoted to papers that build upon the conference theme from the previous year; the Fall 2017 issue will thus extend "Border States." Fall issue submissions are due by the preceding April 15.