Introduction: Promoting the Study of Modern Literatures Worldwide: The MLA and Its Conventions

Introduction: Promoting the Study of Modern Literatures Worldwide: The MLA and Its Conventions John Burt Foster Jr. Over the past two decades, renewed interest in world literature along with the rise of translation studies, especially with its insights into how meanings shift from source to target cultures, have broadened still further comparative literature's wide array of concerns. These developments have enriched our responsiveness to verbal arts in and among many more cultures, both in the courses we teach and in our research. This forum, on studying modern literatures worldwide, considers whether and in what ways this research might get a better hearing at our professional meetings. Wider geocultural perspectives have clearly revitalized the American Comparative Literature Association, as seen in conferences with titles like "Trans, Pan, Inter: Cultures in Contact" (2007), "Global Languages, Local Cultures" (2009), and "World Literature/Comparative Literature" (2011). Scholars have responded quite impressively, as shown both by the increased number of participants at these conferences and by the variety of seminars that bridge manifold differences of language, academic discipline, and geocultural region. However, the conventions of the Modern Language Association, which are the largest and best-known meetings of literature scholars in North America and which have the added pull of job interviews and book exhibits, have been slower Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

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