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Opportunities in Literature

Modern Language Association

A group of more than 30,000 literary and cultural scholars from 100 countries who teach English and world languages. The most significant organization in the US governing literary study since 1883, MLA hosts an annual conference in December, where research is presented and search committees meet to interview job candidates. MLA publishes four major journals including PMLA and PROFESSION, publishes about 20 books per year, and produces the MLA Bibliography—the only comprehensive list of studies on language and literature available in print or on-line.

Midwest Modern Language Association

The regional branch of the larger MLA, which hosts an annual conference and consists of about 3,000 memebers. M/MLA is the largest regional territory of the MLA. The organization also sponsors the M/MLA Journal.

American Literature Association

An organization of specialists in American literature since 1989, the ALA is dedicated to exploring the diversity of American letters and hosts an annual conference of approximately 800 scholars.

There are at least 30 significant refereed journals in literary and cultural studies. Among the most well known are PMLA (Publication of the Modern Language Association), which is the premiere journal in literary study; American Literature, the journal of record for path-breaking work in American literature; American Quarterly, a journal devoted to cultural, interdisplinary, and transnational approaches to the study of the Americas; and Critical Inquiry, the premiere journal for literary criticism and theory.


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