I won’t be attending MLA this year, but I wanted to provide a few 18c updates for those attending and those staying at home:
- The Revised Draft of the MLA Forums is now up and open to comments. You’ll see that, as a result of all the 18c MLA membership’s militating against the earlier draft’s proposed changes the forums are now left intact in this version. Please visit the latest version online, and register your appreciation of their change of heart.
- For those attending, you should be aware that there will be an open hearing on the proposal on Thursday, 5:15-6:30 (Chicago VI, Sheraton Chicago), and it would be extremely useful for 18c reps to be there in person to hear the incoming and outgoing MLA presidents (Marianne Hirsch and Margaret Ferguson) explanations of the reorganization process. There will also be opportunities for further comment at the Open Hearing of the Delegate Assembly, and the meeting of the Delegate Assembly (limited opportunity for member comments). Please make every effort to attend.
- As I’ve already suggested on the blog, the Restoration and early 18thc English and Late-18th-c Groups have some great panels this week, so please turn up at the sessions and support your fellow presenters. I suspect attendance will be closely watched by the MLA as they continue to discuss the reorganization.
- Sean Moore reminded us on C18L that there will be a Cash Bar for 18c folks Saturday, January 11, 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the State room of the Chicago Marriott.
As always, at the Long 18th, we’re always happy to hear about any news or thoughts about the matters discussed in or out of the panels at MLA. Hit Reply if you want to pass along some bit of news.