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The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Fifth Edition
The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Fifth Edition

The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) is the principal professional association in the United States for scholars of literature and literary criticism. It has about thirty thousand members, mostly professors, graduate students, and other academics, who study literature in English, comparative literature, and many foreign languages. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x742, 60 KB)MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Fifth Edition (Mla Handbook for Writers of Research Papers) by Joseph Gibaldi ISBN: 0873529758 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x742, 60 KB)MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Fifth Edition (Mla Handbook for Writers of Research Papers) by Joseph Gibaldi ISBN: 0873529758 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to... Literature is literally acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has generally come to identify a collection of texts, which in Western culture are mainly prose, both fiction and non-fiction... Literary criticism is the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. ... A professor (Latin: one who publicly professes to be an expert) (or prof for short) is a senior teacher, lecturer and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The academic discipline of English studies explores the production and analysis of texts produced in English (or in areas of the world in which English is a common mode of communication). ... Comparative literature, colloquially abbreviated comp. ...


The MLA was founded in 1883 as a discussion and advocacy group for the study of literature and modern languages (that is, all but the classical languages, most prominently Latin and Greek). 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A modern language is any human language that is used by societies in the world today. ... A classical language is a language with a literary tradition that can be judged as classical —ie. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...


Its current President is Domna C. Stanton, Distinguished Professor of French at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Notable former presidents include Francis March, Stephen Greenblatt, Edward Said, Wayne Booth, Northrop Frye, and Barbara Herrnstein Smith. The City University of New York (CUNY; acronym usually pronounced kyoo-nee or coo-nee), located in New York City, is the largest urban university in the United States, with more than 198,000 enrolled in degree programs, about 20,000 enrolled in non-degree programs and more than 200... The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (known more commonly as the CUNY Graduate Center or the GC) is the sole doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York. ... Francis March (1825-1911) was a polymath, who lived in Pennsylvania, USA. He taught a wide range of subjects at Lafayette College, and published a once well-known thesaurus in 1902. ... Stephen Jay Greenblatt (born 1943) is a noted Shakespeare scholar and a literary critic/theorist often seen as the leader of the school known as New Historicism or as Greenblatt likes to put it, cultural poetics. He believes that all works of literature are a products of their times and... Edward Said Edward Wadie Said (November 1, 1935 – September 25, 2003; Arabic: ) was a well-known American literary theorist, critic, and outspoken Palestinian activist. ... Wayne C. Booth (February 22, 1921 - October 10, 2005) is an American literary critic. ... Herman Northrop Frye (July 14, 1912 - January 23, 1991) was a Canadian literary critic, one of the most distinguished of the 20th century. ... Barbara Herrnstein Smith is a literary critic and theorist. ...

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Activities of the MLA

The MLA publishes several academic journals, including PMLA, one of the most prestigious journals in literary studies, and Profession, which discusses pedagogy in language and literature. It also publishes an MLA style manual, an academic style guide. Academic publishing describes a system of publishing that is necessary in order for academic scholars to review work and make it available for a wider audience. ... Pedagogy is the art or science of teaching. ... The Modern Language Associations (MLA) style manual is an academic style guide. ... Style guides generally give guidance on language use. ...


It provides a website, the MLA Language Map, with overviews and detailed data from the United States 2000 Census about the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and seven groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...


The MLA holds a national convention just after Christmas every year. An average of ten thousand members attend. The convention is the largest and most important of the year for scholars of literature; most university literature departments interview candidates for all their open jobs at the convention. In addition to hiring, hundreds of panel discussions and lectures on diverse topics fill the convention's four days from early morning until the evening. The name MLA is often used colloquially among academics to refer to this convention. Christmas (literally, the Mass of Jesus Christ) is a traditional holiday observed on 25 December. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees at all levels (bachelor, master, and doctor) in a variety of subjects. ...


See also

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Fifth Edition The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2d ed) The Modern Language Associations (MLA) style manual is an academic style guide. ...

Further reading

Virginia Barber, "The Women's Revolt in the MLA" in Women on Campus: The Unfinished Liberation, ed. Editors of Change (New Rochelle, NY: Change, 1975), 85-94


External links

  • MLA web site
  • MLA Language Map
  • REFORMING THE MLA

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Modern Language Association - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (352 words)
The Modern Language Association of America (MLA) is the principal professional association in the United States for scholars of literature and literary criticism.
The MLA was founded in 1883 as a discussion and advocacy group for the study of literature and modern languages (that is, all but the classical languages, most prominently Latin and Greek).
It provides a website, the MLA Language Map, with overviews and detailed data from the United States 2000 Census about the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and seven groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States.
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