Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

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.




Call for Papers


2017 MMLA Conference


“Artists and Activists”


November 9-12, 2017


Cincinnati, Ohio


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.