[Milton-L] MLA Division Structure Discussion

Bob Blair bblair48 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 12 22:18:55 EDT 2013

I ask this as one who has been divorced from academic politics for many years:  is the MLA relevant to our discussions, or to discussions of Milton in general?  If MLA chooses for organizational purposes to group JM with earlier or later writers, do you as scholars, and should I as a pretty good engineer, care?  I'm willing to, but I lack context.

Bob Blair
On Thu, 9/12/13, Harper, Dave LTC MIL USA USMA <Dave.Harper at usma.edu> wrote:

 Subject: [Milton-L] MLA Division Structure Discussion
 To: "milton-l at lists.richmond.edu" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
 Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 3:34 PM
 I'd like to draw attention to the current draft proposal for
 restructuring the MLA divisions on display at MLA Commons.
 Forgive me if someone has already done this for the list,
 but if so I seem to have missed the conversation. 
 As I understand the draft proposal, one of the options on
 the table is to collapse "Restoration and Early Eighteenth
 Century Literature" and "Late Eighteenth Century Literature"
 into "The Long 18th Century." Another proposal suggests
 collapsing "Literature of the English Renaissance Excluding
 Shakespeare" and "17th-Century British" into "British Early
 As has been voiced by Thomas Luxon, Jonathan Kramnick, and
 others in the comments to the draft, these changes will
 obscure the Restoration and its unique features even more
 than it now is while paired with the early 18th Century. The
 enacting of both these proposals would leave Milton stranded
 between the "British Early Modern" and the "Long Eighteenth
 I would humbly suggest that those who haven't made voiced
 their opinion in the discussion at MLA Commons may want to.
 But not while sleep-deprived, as I was. 
 Dave Harper
 David A. Harper
 Assistant Professor
 United States Military Academy
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