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Revised Draft Proposal, 3 January 2014

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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Dear MLA Members,

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Working Group for the Revision of the MLA Divisions and Discussion Groups has completed a new draft of the proposal in response to nearly 1,000 member comments on MLA Commons. This new draft has emerged from an unprecedented attempt at collaborative thinking about complex questions, both theoretical and practical. We are grateful for your comments and for the time and thought you put into them. We learned from them all, as we did from the letters that members of many executive committees sent us last spring. We have been working hard, as have many of you, on negotiating among differing visions for the future of the MLA.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 This latest draft includes brief explanatory comments and specific questions about certain groups. The working group invites further feedback, both on the Commons and at three sessions at the convention: the Open Hearing on the Future of MLA Divisions and Discussion Groups, the Open Hearing of the Delegate Assembly, and the meeting of the Delegate Assembly (limited opportunity for member comments).

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Please note that the revised divisions and discussion groups are called “forums” in the new draft. The term “groups” will be used for the less formal social and intellectual entities that members create on MLA Commons.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 In the new draft, forums are arranged under nine general categories: Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Genre Studies; Media Studies; Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies; Language Studies and Linguistics; Theory and Method; Transdisciplinary Connections; and Higher Education and the Profession. These larger rubrics are organizational rather than prescriptive, and individual forums can request a shift in placement on this map or a name change. Cognizant of the asymmetrical histories and overlapping logics of our many subfields, new and old, we have aimed to construct a map that responds as much as possible to the understanding of current field formations communicated to us by colleagues in these fields.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 For details about the revision process and next steps, please see the FAQ page; for general principles governing the revision, see our earlier letter. You can find a full list of the current divisions and discussion groups at the MLA Web site. The first draft proposal with your extensive comments can be found here.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 We look forward to seeing many of you at the discussions in Chicago. Meanwhile, we invite you to post your comments on the new draft before 1 February and to continue this rich conversation about the past, present, and future of our many different areas of teaching and scholarship.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Marianne Hirsch, President
Margaret Ferguson, First Vice President

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10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 CATEGORY Forum with new name proposed

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 CATEGORY Reconfigured forum

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 1 CATEGORY New forum

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 CATEGORY Forum with minimal or no change or with a name change approved by its executive committee

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Hover or click to see previous forum names and whether they were divisions (D) or discussion groups (G).

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 1 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 1 LLC Early American

18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 LLC 19th-Century American

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 5 LLC 20th-Century American to 1945

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 2 LLC American since 1945

21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 LLC African American

22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 5 LLC American Indian and First Nations

23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 1 LLC Asian American

24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 1 LLC Chicana and Chicano

25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 LLC Italian American

26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 LLC Jewish American

27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 LLC Latina and Latino

28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 LLC Literatures of the United States in Languages Other Than English

29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 LLC Southern United States

31 Leave a comment on paragraph 31 0 LLC Arabic

33 Leave a comment on paragraph 33 1 LLC Canadian

35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0 LLC Catalan

37 Leave a comment on paragraph 37 0 LLC Pre-14th-Century Chinese

38 Leave a comment on paragraph 38 0 LLC Ming and Qing Chinese

39 Leave a comment on paragraph 39 0 LLC Modern and Contemporary Chinese

41 Leave a comment on paragraph 41 0 LLC Dutchophone

43 Leave a comment on paragraph 43 4 LLC Old English

44 Leave a comment on paragraph 44 0 LLC Middle English

45 Leave a comment on paragraph 45 13 LLC Chaucer

46 Leave a comment on paragraph 46 1 LLC 16th-Century English

47 Leave a comment on paragraph 47 3 LLC Shakespeare

48 Leave a comment on paragraph 48 1 LLC 17th-Century English

49 Leave a comment on paragraph 49 6 LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English

50 Leave a comment on paragraph 50 2 LLC Late-18th-Century English

51 Leave a comment on paragraph 51 0 LLC English Romantic

52 Leave a comment on paragraph 52 0 LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English

53 Leave a comment on paragraph 53 2 LLC 20th-Century English to 1945

54 Leave a comment on paragraph 54 1 LLC English since 1945

56 Leave a comment on paragraph 56 0 LLC Medieval French

57 Leave a comment on paragraph 57 0 LLC 16th-Century French

58 Leave a comment on paragraph 58 0 LLC 17th-Century French

59 Leave a comment on paragraph 59 0 LLC 18th-Century French

60 Leave a comment on paragraph 60 0 LLC 19th-Century French

61 Leave a comment on paragraph 61 0 LLC 20th- and 21st-Century French

62 Leave a comment on paragraph 62 0 LLC Francophone

63 Leave a comment on paragraph 63 16 German and Germanophone

64 Leave a comment on paragraph 64 0 LLC German and Germanophone to 1700

65 Leave a comment on paragraph 65 0 LLC 18th- and Early-19th-Century German and Germanophone

66 Leave a comment on paragraph 66 0 LLC 19th- and Early-20th-Century German and Germanophone

67 Leave a comment on paragraph 67 0 LLC 20th- and 21st-Century German and Germanophone

69 Leave a comment on paragraph 69 0 LLC Hebrew

71 Leave a comment on paragraph 71 0 LLC Hungarian

73 Leave a comment on paragraph 73 0 LLC Irish

75 Leave a comment on paragraph 75 0 LLC Medieval and Renaissance Italian

76 Leave a comment on paragraph 76 0 LLC 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-Century Italian

77 Leave a comment on paragraph 77 0 LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Italian

79 Leave a comment on paragraph 79 0 LLC Japanese to 1900

80 Leave a comment on paragraph 80 0 LLC Japanese since 1900

82 Leave a comment on paragraph 82 2 LLC Colonial Latin American

83 Leave a comment on paragraph 83 0 LLC 19th-Century Latin American

84 Leave a comment on paragraph 84 0 LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American

85 Leave a comment on paragraph 85 7 LLC Brazilian

86 Leave a comment on paragraph 86 0 LLC Cuban and Cuban Diasporic

87 Leave a comment on paragraph 87 0 LLC Mexican

88 Leave a comment on paragraph 88 0 LLC Puerto Rican

90 Leave a comment on paragraph 90 0 LLC Korean

91 Leave a comment on paragraph 91 11 Portuguese and Galician

92 Leave a comment on paragraph 92 16 LLC Continental Lusophone and Galician

93 Leave a comment on paragraph 93 0 LLC Lusophone outside Portugal and Brazil

95 Leave a comment on paragraph 95 3 LLC Old Norse

97 Leave a comment on paragraph 97 0 LLC Occitan

99 Leave a comment on paragraph 99 0 LLC Romanian

101 Leave a comment on paragraph 101 0 LLC Scottish

103 Leave a comment on paragraph 103 0 LLC Sephardic

105 Leave a comment on paragraph 105 1 LLC Russian and Eurasian

106 Leave a comment on paragraph 106 0 LLC Slavic and East European

108 Leave a comment on paragraph 108 3 LLC Medieval Iberian

109 Leave a comment on paragraph 109 24 LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish Poetry and Prose

110 Leave a comment on paragraph 110 5 LLC 16th- and 17th-Century Spanish Drama

111 Leave a comment on paragraph 111 0 LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish

112 Leave a comment on paragraph 112 0 LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish

114 Leave a comment on paragraph 114 0 LLC Yiddish

115 Leave a comment on paragraph 115 1 Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

116 Leave a comment on paragraph 116 0 CLCS Arthurian

117 Leave a comment on paragraph 117 1 CLCS Celtic

118 Leave a comment on paragraph 118 0 CLCS Nordic

119 Leave a comment on paragraph 119 0 CLCS Classical and Modern

120 Leave a comment on paragraph 120 0 CLCS Medieval

121 Leave a comment on paragraph 121 1 CLCS Renaissance or Early Modern

122 Leave a comment on paragraph 122 0 CLCS 18th-Century

123 Leave a comment on paragraph 123 0 CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century

124 Leave a comment on paragraph 124 0 CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century

125 Leave a comment on paragraph 125 0 CLCS Atlantic

126 Leave a comment on paragraph 126 0 CLCS Caribbean

127 Leave a comment on paragraph 127 0 CLCS Global South

128 Leave a comment on paragraph 128 0 CLCS Hemispheric American

129 Leave a comment on paragraph 129 0 CLCS Indian Ocean

130 Leave a comment on paragraph 130 0 CLCS Mediterranean

131 Leave a comment on paragraph 131 0 CLCS Pacific

132 Leave a comment on paragraph 132 3 CLCS African to 1990

133 Leave a comment on paragraph 133 2 CLCS African since 1990

134 Leave a comment on paragraph 134 0 CLCS African Diasporic

135 Leave a comment on paragraph 135 0 CLCS European Regions

136 Leave a comment on paragraph 136 0 CLCS East Asian

137 Leave a comment on paragraph 137 1 CLCS South Asian and South Asian Diasporic

138 Leave a comment on paragraph 138 0 CLCS West Asian

139 Leave a comment on paragraph 139 1 CLCS Global Anglophone

140 Leave a comment on paragraph 140 1 CLCS Global Jewish

142 Leave a comment on paragraph 142 1 GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature

143 Leave a comment on paragraph 143 0 GS Comics and Graphic Narratives

144 Leave a comment on paragraph 144 1 GS Drama and Performance

145 Leave a comment on paragraph 145 1 GS Folklore and Fairy Tale

146 Leave a comment on paragraph 146 0 GS Life Writing

147 Leave a comment on paragraph 147 1 GS Nonfiction Prose

148 Leave a comment on paragraph 148 0 GS Poetry and Poetics

149 Leave a comment on paragraph 149 0 GS Prose Fiction

150 Leave a comment on paragraph 150 1 GS Speculative Fiction

151 Leave a comment on paragraph 151 0 GS Travel Writing

153 Leave a comment on paragraph 153 2 MS Film and Screen Arts and Culture

154 Leave a comment on paragraph 154 0 MS Opera and Musical Performance

155 Leave a comment on paragraph 155 1 MS Sound

156 Leave a comment on paragraph 156 0 MS Visual Culture

157 Leave a comment on paragraph 157 3 Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies

158 Leave a comment on paragraph 158 0 RCWS Creative Writing

159 Leave a comment on paragraph 159 1 RCWS History and Theory of Composition

160 Leave a comment on paragraph 160 1 RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric

161 Leave a comment on paragraph 161 1 RCWS Literacy Studies

162 Leave a comment on paragraph 162 0 RCWS Writing Pedagogies

163 Leave a comment on paragraph 163 0 Language Studies and Linguistics

164 Leave a comment on paragraph 164 0 LSL American Sign Language

165 Leave a comment on paragraph 165 0 LSL Applied Linguistics

166 Leave a comment on paragraph 166 0 LSL General Linguistics

167 Leave a comment on paragraph 167 0 LSL Germanic Philology and Linguistics

168 Leave a comment on paragraph 168 0 LSL Global English

169 Leave a comment on paragraph 169 0 LSL Heritage Language Teaching and Learning

170 Leave a comment on paragraph 170 0 LSL Language and Society

171 Leave a comment on paragraph 171 0 LSL Language Change

172 Leave a comment on paragraph 172 0 LSL Linguistics and Literature

173 Leave a comment on paragraph 173 0 LSL Romance Linguistics

174 Leave a comment on paragraph 174 0 LSL Second-Language Teaching and Learning

175 Leave a comment on paragraph 175 0 LSL Vernaculars and Creoles

177 Leave a comment on paragraph 177 0 TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing

178 Leave a comment on paragraph 178 1 TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography

179 Leave a comment on paragraph 179 0 TM Language Theory

180 Leave a comment on paragraph 180 0 TM Libraries and Research

181 Leave a comment on paragraph 181 0 TM Literary and Cultural Theory

182 Leave a comment on paragraph 182 0 TM Literary Criticism

183 Leave a comment on paragraph 183 1 TM Manuscript Culture and Textual Studies

184 Leave a comment on paragraph 184 2 Transdisciplinary Connections

185 Leave a comment on paragraph 185 0 TC Age Studies

186 Leave a comment on paragraph 186 0 TC Animal Studies

187 Leave a comment on paragraph 187 0 TC Anthropology and Literature

188 Leave a comment on paragraph 188 4 TC Cognitive Literary Studies

189 Leave a comment on paragraph 189 2 TC Digital Humanities

190 Leave a comment on paragraph 190 0 TC Disability Studies

191 Leave a comment on paragraph 191 0 TC Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities

192 Leave a comment on paragraph 192 0 TC History and Literature

193 Leave a comment on paragraph 193 0 TC Indigenous Studies

194 Leave a comment on paragraph 194 0 TC Law and the Humanities

195 Leave a comment on paragraph 195 3 TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies

196 Leave a comment on paragraph 196 1 TC Memory Studies

197 Leave a comment on paragraph 197 0 TC Philosophy and Literature

198 Leave a comment on paragraph 198 0 TC Popular Culture

199 Leave a comment on paragraph 199 0 TC Postcolonial Studies

200 Leave a comment on paragraph 200 2 TC Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature

201 Leave a comment on paragraph 201 0 TC Race and Ethnicity Studies

202 Leave a comment on paragraph 202 3 TC Religion and Culture

203 Leave a comment on paragraph 203 0 TC Science and Technology Studies

204 Leave a comment on paragraph 204 1 TC Sexuality Studies

205 Leave a comment on paragraph 205 1 TC Sociology and Literature

206 Leave a comment on paragraph 206 0 TC Translation Studies

207 Leave a comment on paragraph 207 0 TC Women’s and Gender Studies

208 Leave a comment on paragraph 208 0 Higher Education and the Profession

209 Leave a comment on paragraph 209 0 HEP The Academic Work Force

210 Leave a comment on paragraph 210 0 HEP Activism, Advocacy, Public Humanities

211 Leave a comment on paragraph 211 0 HEP Community Colleges

212 Leave a comment on paragraph 212 0 HEP Graduate Student Issues

213 Leave a comment on paragraph 213 1 HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues

214 Leave a comment on paragraph 214 1 HEP Program Administration

215 Leave a comment on paragraph 215 0 HEP Teaching as a Profession

216 Leave a comment on paragraph 216 2 HEP The Teaching of Literature

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