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.

Announcing the Keynote Speaker for the Fall 2018 Convention: Karen Piper!

Karen Piper is the author of A Girls Guide to Missiles (Viking Penguin, 2018), a memoir about growing up at the nation’s largest weapons development center, where her mom and dad built missiles in California’s Mojave Desert.  Her book has been described as “reaching back into the body of American war and retrieving the heart of a girl, still beating, not beaten.” Piper has also written about climate change and water issues in two previous books, The Price of Thirst (University of Minnesota, 2014) and Left in the Dust (Palgrave, 2006). 

With a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in Environmental Studies, her research and writing interests have always been eclectic and interdisciplinary.  She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including the Sierra Nature Writing Award, the Next Generation Indie Book Award, a Huntington Research Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon Visiting Professorship, the Sitka Writing Residency, and the National Endowment for the Humanities grant. She is currently a professor of literature at the University of Missouri.

Karen Piper will read briefly from her new book and present a talk, entitled, “Truth and Lies in the Land of Trolls.” 

Submit a Paper for the Fall 2018 Convention!  

The 2018 MMLA Convention will be held in Kansas City, MO, from November 15-19!  The theme of the 2018 convention is "Consuming Cultures." Full information is available on the "convention" tab.  


Submit an Article for the Fall 2018 Journal!  

This special issue is entitled "“Art and Activism” and the CFP can be found hereThis issue will explore the ways that writers and artists across the centuries and across the globe have voiced support for and opposition to social change, while others have even advocated against the notion of artistic involvement in that social change. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018.

Register for the Fall 2018 Convention! 

All attendees must be members of the association to attend the convention. The deadline for convention presenters to pre-register is July 1st, 2018. Please register via Mail  or online through 123SignUp: