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Awaiting the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention

The MLA Convention hosted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 5 January to 8 January is swiftly approaching and our staff across Oxford University Press, eagerly waiting, dream of magic gardens, colonial architecture, cheesesteaks, and, of course, lots and lots of books! There will also be a slew of keynote speakers at the conference, covering numerous topics from job training, to gender identification, to the supernatural.

The presidential theme of boundaries is sure to kick-start intense discussion as well. To share our excitement for the Modern Language Association conference, we’ve asked three OUP attendeesour philosophy veteran, UK counterpart, and newcomertwo intriguing questions: who is your favorite literary character? What are you most looking forward to see in Philadelphia?

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“My favorite literary character is Ignatius J. Reilly from ‘A Confederacy of Dunces.’ Although I would find this person insufferable in real life, John Kennedy Toole makes this character very likable.

The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia by Bev Sykes. CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Philadelphia is a great place for a conference. I’d recommend visiting Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, visiting the trendy Fishtown neighborhood, or just taking a walk and appreciating the beautiful colonial architecture.”

– Joy Mizan, Assistant Marketing Manager, Academic/Trade

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“Captain Ahab. I have it on good authority that I should seek out the Reading Terminal Market!”

Eleanor Collins, Associate Editor, Academic Editorial

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“My favorite literary character would have to be Hermione Granger. While in Philly, I’m hoping to see the Liberty Bell, and find the best cheesesteak that the city has to offer.”

Megan Duffy, Marketing Assistant, Academic/Trade

Featured image credit: “Philadelphia in the Civil War, 1861-1865” by Frank Hamilton. Public Domain via Flickr.

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