Founded in 1959, incorporated in 1971, and based at Loyola University Chicago, the Midwest Modern Language Association 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.
The members of the MMLA hail from many different departments, including Comparative Literature, English, French, German, Italian, Linguistics, and Spanish.
The MMLA's annual November meeting builds a sense of community among many specialized fields with over 200 sessions, some coalescing around an informal convention theme and others focusing on widely ranging topics that represent the varied interests of the association's fields.
Annual meetings also feature professionalizing workshops and a book exhibit that foregrounds the recent publications of its members.
The MMLA's Journal publishes their work in two semi-annual issues. Each Spring, the MMLA invites submissions of 12-15 pages, working papers that draw upon at least 12-15 sources to make an incisive argument. Each Fall, a special convention issue that includes essays of varying lengths brings the previous year's informal theme to fruition.