Modern Language Association

We regret that in the ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will be unable to meet with you at the 2021 MLA conference. We want to highlight new titles that were scheduled to be featured in our booth and hope you will visit our website for more details.

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Editors Ken Wissoker and Courtney Berger highlight new titles on the Duke Press blog.

Please mark your calendars for these MLA events featuring Duke University Press authors:

MacArthur Fellow Fred Moten, "Presidential Plenary: Poetics of Persistence in Black Life", January 8th from 12:00–1:15pm EST

"Just in Time: Securitization and Its Discontents: Reading Insurgent Aesthetics across Borders", January 9th from 10:15–11:30am EST

Lisa Lowe, "Intimacies as Method in the Long Nineteenth Century", January 10th from 3:30–4:45pm EST

Shane Vogel and Douglas A. Jones, "Race and Performance after Repetition", January 10th from 10:15–11:30am EST

Our Winter catalog of new and forthcoming titles in Literature & Literary Studies is available below or it can be downloaded here.


Black and Blur

Fred Moten
Fred Moten is the recipient of the 2020 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Honor of Newton Arvin for the book Black and Blur. The award is presented by the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Black Madness :: Mad Blackness

Therí Alyce Pickens
Honorable Mention, 2020 William Sanders Scarborough Prize, presented by the Modern Language Association

The Sense of Brown

José Esteban Muñoz
Edited and with an Introduction by Joshua Chambers-Letson and Tavia Nyong'o

Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire

Jack Halberstam

Sexual Hegemony: Statecraft, Sodomy, and Capital in the Rise of the World System

Christopher Chitty
Edited by Max Fox and with an Introduction by Christopher Nealon

Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University

Matt Brim
Finalist, O.L. Davis Jr. Outstanding Book in Education Award, presented by the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum

The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics

Ren Ellis Neyra

Influx and Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman

Jane Bennett

Dear Science and Other Stories

Katherine McKittrick

Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America

Brigitte Fielder

Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women’s Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights

Samantha Pinto

Emancipation's Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body

Riché Richardson

Counterlife: Slavery after Resistance and Social Death

Christopher Freeburg

Race and Performance after Repetition

Soyica Diggs Colbert, Douglas A. Jones Jr., and Shane Vogel, editors

Indigenous Narratives of Territory and Creation: Hemispheric Perspectives

Leila Gomez, special issue editor
A special issue of English Language Notes 58:1

Afterlives of Affect: Science, Religion, and an Edgewalker's Spirit

Matthew C. Watson

Reattachment Theory: Queer Cinema of Remarriage

Lee Wallace

Dub: Finding Ceremony

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

The Lonely Letters

Ashon T. Crawley

The Small Book of Hip Checks: On Queer Gender, Race, and Writing

Erica Rand

The Aesthetics of Resistance, Volume II: A Novel

Peter Weiss

History 4° Celsius: Search for a Method in the Age of the Anthropocene

Ian Baucom

Category Crossings: Bruno Latour and Medieval Modes of Existence

Marilynn Desmond and Noah D. Guynn, guest editors
A special issue of Romanic Review 111:1

Naked Agency: Genital Cursing and Biopolitics in Africa

Naminata Diabate

Sensory Experiments: Psychophysics, Race, and the Aesthetics of Feeling

Erica Fretwell

A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being

Kaiama L. Glover

Soundworks: Race, Sound, and Poetry in Production

Anthony Reed

Virtual Pedophilia: Sex Offender Profiling and U.S. Security Culture

Gillian Harkins

The Anagonist

Timothy Bewes
A special issue of Novel 53:3

Negative Exposures: Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China

Margaret Hillenbrand

Inter-imperiality: Vying Empires, Gendered Labor, and the Literary Arts of Alliance

Laura Doyle

Are You Entertained? Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century

Simone C. Drake and Dwan Henderson Simmons, editors

Indigenous Textual Cultures: Reading and Writing in the Age of Global Empire

Tony Ballantyne, Lachy Paterson, and Angela Wanhalla, editors

Diary of a Detour

Lesley Stern

Millennials Killed the Video Star: MTV's Transition to Reality Programming

Amanda Ann Klein

The Bruce B. Lawrence Reader: Islam Beyond Borders

Bruce B. Lawrence
Edited and with an Introduction by Ali Altaf Main

Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom

Katina L. Rogers

Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style

Amitava Kumar

A Time of Youth: San Francisco, 1966–1967

William Gedney
Edited by Lisa McCarty

Black Aliveness, or a Poetics of Being

Kevin Quashie