Modern Language Association

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The Modern Language Association ( MLA ) is the United States’s premier professional association for linguists , literary scholars and literary critics . It has around 25,000 members, mostly professors , doctoral students and other academics who deal scientifically with English and foreign-language literature. More than 2,000 of its members do not live in North America.

The MLA was founded in 1883 as an advocacy and discussion group for scholars of modern languages and literatures . Paula Krebs has headed the organization as Executive Director since 2017 . Simon E. Gikandi is President of the MLA for the 2019/2020 annual cycle. His predecessors include Francis Andrew March (1892/1893), Henry Alfred Todd (1906), Northrop Frye (1976), Wayne Booth (1982), Edward Said (1999), Stephen Greenblatt (2002) and Kwame Anthony Appiah (2016 / 2017).

With the MLA International Bibliography , the association maintains and provides its own bibliographic database , which is the standard in this field in the USA. The MLA also publishes a number of scientific journals and its guidelines, known as the MLA Style, for writing scientific papers, for example on the structure and citation style, which are also the basis for many neighboring disciplines. Two editions were published in book form:

  • Joseph Gibaldi: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers . (for students)
  • Joseph Gibaldi: MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing . (for scientists)

Web links

Commons : Modern Language Association  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. "Executive Directors, 1884 – present" , MLA homepage, accessed on March 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "The One Hundred Twenty-Nine Presidents" , MLA homepage, accessed on March 7, 2020.