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Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures
3rd Edition

Editor(s): David G. Nicholls

Pages: ix & 370 pp.
Published: 2007
ISBN: 9780873525985 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873525978 (hardcover)

The third edition of the MLA's widely used Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures features sixteen completely new essays by leading scholars. Designed to highlight relations among languages and forms of discourse, the volume is organized into three sections. "Understanding Language" provides a broad overview of the field of linguistics, with special attention to language acquisition and the social life of languages. "Forming Texts" offers tools for understanding how speakers and writers shape language; it examines scholarship in the distinct but interrelated fields of rhetoric, composition, and poetics. "Reading Literature and Culture" continues the work of the first two sections by introducing major areas of critical study. The nine essays in this section cover textual and historical scholarship; interpretation; comparative, cultural, and translation studies; and the interdisciplinary topics of gender, sexuality, race, and migrations (among others). As in previous volumes, an epilogue examines the role of the scholar in contemporary society.

Each essay discusses the significance, underlying assumptions, and limits of an important field of inquiry; traces the historical development of its subject; introduces key terms; outlines modes of research now being pursued; postulates future developments; and provides a list of suggestions for further reading. This book will interest any member of the scholarly community seeking a review of recent scholarship, while it provides an indispensable resource for undergraduate and graduate students of modern languages and literatures.

Contributors
David Bartholomae
Charles Bernstein
Heidi Byrnes
Anne Donadey
Jean Franco
Susan Stanford Friedman
Catherine Gallagher
J. Michael Holquist
Paul J. Hopper
Susan C. Jarratt
Françoise Lionnet
Leah S. Marcus
Jerome McGann
Bruce Robbins
Doris Sommer
Lawrence Venuti
Kenneth W. Warren

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Understanding Language

Language, Culture, and Society
Doris Sommer

Linguistics
Paul J. Hopper

Language Acquisition and Language Learning
Heidi Byrnes

Forming Texts

Rhetoric
Susan C. Jarratt

Composition
David Bartholomae

Poetics
Charles Bernstein

Reading Literature and Culture

Textual Scholarship
Leah S. Marcus

Interpretation
Jerome McGann

Historical Scholarship
Catherine Gallagher

Comparative Literature
J . Michael Holquist

Cultural Studies
Jean Franco

Feminisms, Genders, Sexualities
Anne Donadey with Françoise Lionnet

Race and Ethnicity
Kenneth W. Warren

Migrations, Diasporas, and Borders
Susan Stanford Friedman

Translation Studies
Lawrence Venuti

Epilogue: The Scholar in Society
Bruce Robbins

Notes on Contributors
Index of Titles
Index of Names



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